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Project 52 Week 5: Severe Weather

Weather has played a significant role in demographic shifts – whether from colder climes to warmer, or in the impact of bad weather on the economy. A major online magazine has given you this assignment. A single lead story image (600x400px) for a post on the impact of (dramatic?) weather on your area. I will leave it up to you to know whether your particular story is slanted in a positive spin or a negative spin.

Examples of Slants to the article:
Positive: Great Weather Brings Tourists
Negative: Rainy Summers Drive Businesses to Suburbs

You make your own story.

We know that the story has to do with the (mild/cold/extreme) weather we are having where you live. The editor wants to illustrate the weather story with a single image, but he wants three to choose from.

Fewer Student Cases of SAD Reported During Mild New England Winter of 2012

Students at Yale University seem happier this winter and researchers suggest the cause could be record-breaking temperatures across Connecticut during much of January and early February. With temperatures reaching 65˚ on February 2, Yale campus was filled with fun-in-the sun activities; from frisbee, to football, to leisure dog-walking. Students have been spending more of their free time playing outdoors in the sunshine – and staying happy as a result!

Winter Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an illness that affects people’s mood and behaviors. The symptoms of SAD usually begin to appear gradually throughout September and October and last through March or April and may affect as many as 11 million people in the United States. Up to four times as many women suffer from SAD as men, and it tends to run in families. Geographic location also plays a role in the likelihood of the occurrence of SAD. Those who live in Canada and the northern United States are up to eight times more likely to suffer from SAD than people living in sunny areas such as Florida and Mexico.

As researchers learn more about seasonal depression, they are uncovering some striking findings about the role of light and length of day that may yield clues to what triggers traditional depression — and that could offer new approaches for treatment of it.