September 2019 Off the Radar

Maddy Kang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Stock Market Dip

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 800 points on Aug. 14. This sudden decrease concerned Americans as fears of a said economic recession this year continue to brew.

According to the Washington Post, the Dow had lost about 7 percent three weeks prior to the drop.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the events, crediting the nation’s problems to the Federal Reserves and increased interest rates.

Hong Kong Riots

The streets of Hong Kong have been filled with dissatisfied citizens for the past few months.

Protests began because of an extradition bill passed back in February — called the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, according to National Public Radio.

This bill should extradite suspected offenders to other countries. The bill was suspended but not in full.

Violence continued to escalate in hopes of the government to look into police brutality.

Record-Breaking Lightning

A remote sensing scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently reported observing a massive strike of lightning — also known as “spider lightning,” according to National Geographic. He analyzed two lightning strikes — both were record-breaking.

One lightning bolt struck a total of 418 miles over the country of Brazil. The strike measured barely longer than the width of the state of Kansas. The other lightning strike ignited the skies of the Central United States for a total of 13.5 seconds.

These lightning bolts were detected by new satellite technology from NOAA, who is continuing to develop advanced weather technology for the near future.