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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i rit Lfc i HUHiuut Mprii i J, Ask Andy DESERT RAINS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Sherry Dowling, age 13. of Darlington, South Carolina, for her question: How come it never rains in the desert? Actually it does rain in the deserts once in a while. After lung, weary droughts, rain may come deluging down in cloudbursts. Sometimes a fierce downpour pelts down a Few hailstones. Most but not all deserts are blistering hot. at least during the day. But some have cool or even cold winters. Here there are desert frosts and occasional snows, especially on high plains and mountains. In the scorching centre of the sandy Sahara, not- a drop of rain may fall for a decade. But sooner or later, the long drought ends. Maybe it ends a drenching torrent that dumps five inches of rainfall during a single night. The next shower may come next week, next month or next year or wait another decade. If all these uneven downpours are added together, perhaps through half a century, the annual rainfall might be about live inches. Practically no desert region has an annual rainfall of less than five inches. But any arid region can qualify as a desert it its annual rainfall 'does not exceed ten. Even the dampest desert is a very dry place. Its plants and animals, if any. must be specially adapted to survive' in such arid conditions. These parched places occupy 14 per cent of the earth's land, which is about eight million square miles. They are caused, naturally, by minimum rainfall and the mysterious reasons for this seem to be behind the scenes. If you mark the major deserts on the world map. you notice that most of them straddle the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, somewhat north and south of the equatorial region. These locations are related to the prevailing global weather systems, which certainly play a major role in desert making. The equator is ;i zone of low pressure, where light rising air forms rainy clouds. The global desert regions tend to breed high pressure weather systems. There the dry descending air heats the ground and absorbs up to 99 per cent of its scanty moisture. Mountains and prevailing winds also conspire to rob the deserts oi their fair share of rain. Prevailing winds gather moisture from the oceans and lend to shed rain when they clash with cooler air over the land. If there are coastal mountains, the rain is shed on their seaward slopes. The winds that continue on over the top are dry, with little or no moisture to shed in the inland desert region. The major deserts have been there for thousands and perhaps millions of years. They are regions where geography and global weather systems create dry air and skimpy cloud covers. Dense clouds provide more than rain. They shield the ground from the scorching rays of the sun and at night they prevent the day's heat from escaping. In the deserts the sun beats down from a cloudless sky. At night, the temperature plummets, maybe 50 degrees or more, as the day's heat escapes to the upper atmosphere. And the dry desert air becomes drier. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1974) Bridge results Ladies Wed. Afternoon D.B.C. March 21 1. Mrs. Helen Foss, Mrs. Isobel Johnson: 2. Mrs. Irma Shaw. Mrs. Willa Waters; 3. Mrs. Gladys Redfern, Mrs. Isobel Wright. Hamilton Wed. Evening D.B.C. March 27 N.S. 1. Ruth Chapman. Winter; 2. Bob Marshall. Robert Santa; 3. John Lebeau, Mark Yoshihara. E.W. 1. David Miron, H. C. Ko: 2. Dalton Arnold, Garry White; 3. Florence Arlo Harris. Novice Game March 27 1. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Price: 2. Birthe Perry. Bodil Johannsen: 3. Louise Kimber, Rose Niedermier. Thursday Night D.B.C. March 28 N.S. 1. Bob Marshall. Chuck Sudeikat: 2. Mr. and Mrs. Del Lowenberg; 3. J. E. Anderson, Ross Miron. E.W. 1. Ruth Chapman, Isobel Johnson: 2. George Santa. Wayne Winter; 3 and 4 tied Helen Foss, Irma Shaw with Tony Kireef and Dan Jurisich. Friday Night D.B.C. March 29 N.S. i. John Lebeau, Mark Yoshihara; 2. Ken and Willa Waters: 3. J. C. Landeryou, Bill Dodd. E.W. 1. Mrs. H. E. Balfour, Neil Van Seters; 2. David Miron, Wayne Winter; 3. Allan Roberts, E. V. Langford. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c Tlit Chicne Tritium WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. i East-West vulner- able, as South you hold: A954 AK2 8 2 The bidding has proceeded: South West North Easl Pass -Pass 1 Pass What is your response? Q. :iuath. vulnerable, you hold: AAQJ 7 K 9 X 6 5 2 Q 3 The bidding has proceeded: East South West North Pass 1 Pass 2 C Pass 2 Pass 3 Pass Whai do you bid now? Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AQ5 The bidding has proceeded: West North East South 1 NT 2 A Pass What action do you take? Q. I Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: AJ 8 .6532 9 7 -4 3 8 2 The bidding has proceeded: North East .South West 2 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now? Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AQ S 7 AJlO 3 C10 9 S 3 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 1 NT What action do you take? Q. 6 Partner opens with two diamonds and you hold: 410954 ?KJ76 OK92 Z What do you respond? Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AQ103 vK1092 OK7634B5 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 v 3 What action do you take? Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: 4kKQ93 vKQJ972 092 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass 2 v; Pass 2 Pass 3 Pass 4 4 Pass What do you bid now? [Look for answers Monday? Your horoscope ly Jcwe Dixon SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Your birthday today: This year your birth is associated with the miracle of Easter something of this quality will go with you through the complexities and crosscurrents of coming general and personal change. Relationships must be redefined by experiences shared. Today's natives are each of his own kind, no two anywhere near alike; but all share a capacity for spiritual dedication, the willingness to serve beyond material goals. ARIES (March 21-April Not until the holiday is almost over will you absorb its full meaning. Go your way in good faith and cheer and it is mostly good despite surprises. TAURUS (April 20-May Return courtesy extended. Making the rounds gives you the latest news and a chance to observe for yourself the changes taking place in your neighborhood. GEMINI (May 21-June Busy as the day is, it's mainly a preface to the benefits and happy features of your coming week. Meditation opens many private doors. CANCER (June 21-July This Easter is a turning point in your life. And you're on your way up! Old conditions now move off dead centre. Pray for guidance. LEO (July 23-Aug. Letting well enough alone is difficult in the excitement of the holiday. You do it by reflection on what your real interests involve. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Accept the flickering luck of the critical time with inner serenity. Everything turns out for the better in small steps upward. Seek spiritual growth. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Go along with the majority. Younger people should strive for a mood of co-operative teamwork, older ones for gentle persuasion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. The drift of events leaves you in a favored position, auger well for the lively week ahead. There's much to do, much more that you can't reach just yet. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Your spontaneous response to current influences leaves, nobody in doubt as to your character and preferences. Those who remain friends know you well. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Give others plenty of time to make their own response to strong stimuli. Watch what you say; remember, you too may change your mind, seek new goals. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Don't spoil this special Sunday with material concerns or business. Travel or communication to distant points falls short of expectations. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Revelation comes in many subtle forms for those willing to receive it. Let life flow about you, forgive yourself and others for human traits and peculiarities. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS April 13, 1974 Thomas Jefferson, American statesman, was born 231 years ago today in 1743 in Virginia. Jefferson was a member of the Continental Congress and Virginia Legislature and drafted the American Declaration of Independence. He became secretary of state and later, from 1801 to 1809, president of the United States. Jefferson was one of the world's great liberals and one of the first Americans to believe in mass democracy. 1954 Premier Angus L. Macdonald of Nova Scotia died at 64. 1941 German forces occupied the Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade. 1924 Greeks voted for a republic in a plebiscite. 1695 Jean de la Fontaine, French author of, poetic fables, died. 1593 Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Stafford, was born. MONDAY APRIL 15 Your birthday you on the threshold of sweeping changes related to the history of our times. Old answers no longer work, as this year's questions are entirely different from those of the past. After an early shake-up, relationships turn about and thrive in new patterns. Business requires concentration and definite actions at frequent intervals. Today's natives are fond of 'expansive theories. The men are thrifty; the women lively, intuitive, and good-humored. ARIES (March 21-April Useful agreements are feasible, particularly in experimental or pilot projects. Get a second opinion on any technical questions or major purchase. TAURUS (April 20-May your claims consistently at very moderate intensity. Partnership resources require attention, may increase with a little additional initiative. GEMINI (May 21-June becomes more fluent, relates to distant places and peopl0 leave the line open for incoming news. CANCER (June 21-July Your personal prosperity builds readily in the general co-operation. Trial and error methods need close scrutiny, are likely to produce unusual results. LEO (July 23-Aug. the accent on teamwork, round-table discussions. You can't have everything exactly how you want it, but much of it should come your way now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. your best with already established ventures is more important than drifting off into diversionary experiments, no matter how intriguing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Prime information that is needed is within your reach. Concerns of the younger set clamor for attention now. Pursue sentimental projects. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov business, outstanding negotiations should be brought to conclusion, and a deal made. At home, family problems come to handling. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec invites notice, but must be checked out for practical purposes. Fresh contacts promise an interesting outcome somewhat different from expectations. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19hNow you should have just about everything going for you. Don't get absent-minded, however, and neglect the convenience and comfort of others. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb the finest technical advice possible if you are in a dilemma. Close relatives may be able to open a way for you where other connections failed. PISCES (Feb 19-March Let old matters work themselves out in their own fashion. Put your quiet labors into adjusting financial arrangements for the long pull. (1974, The Chicago Tribune) Manning urges oil partnership CALGARY (CP) Efforts to create a new formula for' co-operation and partnership between government and the oi! industry were urged here by Alberta Senator Ernest C. Manning. The former Alberta premier told the annual meeting of the Canadian Petroleum Association that a co- operative effort between government and industry may be the alternative to jncreasing government or nationalization. LI'L ABNER I NEED UM PARTNER. YOU CARE (TO DANCE HURRICANE'S DONT MIND EF AH DO WHAT ALL THE HOWUN' ABOUT? INkJUN LEARNS DANC1K1G AHTI-MURAICAMt IT HIT THE EXACT MIPPLE Of THE OUTER PART OF THE EP6E OF THE FRONT OF BACk PART Of THE LINE! SHORT RIBS ALL ;