Locusts feedingsSept. 28, 1962: Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is established. The barrier beach is the site of a recovery project to re-establish the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle.

Sept. 28, 2004: The biblical “plague of locusts” becomes all too real across western and northern Africa. Aided by an unusually wet spring and summer, swarms of desert locusts numbering up to 100 million per square mile cover farmland from the Atlantic coast to Egypt, annihilating crops. Australia also suffered a serious locust plague earlier in the year.

Sept. 28, 2010: A full week into autumn, the official high temperature hits 113 degrees in Los Angeles, an all-time record high for the city.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.