Ducks may like the weather forecast, but for the rest of us,
it’s been a topic of conversation since BioBlitz setup began. The National
Weather Service is calling for a mix of heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday
afternoon and into the night, wrapping up early Saturday. It’s enough to make
biodiversity-minded ‘Blitzers start building an ark!
Even with clear, blue skies on Thursday, counties
surrounding the Indiana Dunes were under a flood warning. Torrential rains and
thunderstorms the night before had knocked out power, submerged the popular
Miller Woods Trail in the western portion of the park, and bent one of the long
metal tent poles propping up the scientists’ tent. Thursday afternoon, a jackhammer-toting
team bolted down the tents to keep them from blowing away if things get
Top: Yesterday afternoon, the Miller Woods Trail resembled
the marsh it usually circumnavigates. Middle: A tent pole at Base Camp bent in
overnight storms. Bottom: Bolting down the tents.
Photographs by Ford Cochran