Monday we made sure all of the objects in our yard were secure, to prevent the winds of Sandy from giving them flight.  We didn't know what to expect and didn't want to see our patio table jump through our window.  Luckily the winds didn't do any damage and we're all okay (and dry).

This got me thinking about bacterial dispersal, and how high winds like those in a hurricane really stir things up. Ocean water columns are mixed, ocean waters come ashore, terrestrial soil becomes airborne, tree leaves are detached, etc. I wonder how much of an impact this has on the feast and famine dynamics of bacterial growth.  We think that bacteria in nature hang out in a dormant state most of the time, waiting in low nutrient environments for the next influx of goodies.  Or they're waiting to be taken to a better place.  Were most of the microbes in the storm transported to a better place, enabling them to feast?  Or did most of them end up worse off, now entering times of famine?  How far do they travel?  Hopefully one day we'll be able to answer these questions.