26 May 2015

An El Nino connection to the floods in Oklahoma and Texas?

An El Nino connection to the floods in Oklahoma and Texas?

There were more flash floods across the Hill Country of Texas into the eastern part of the state as well on Monday, and a Flash Flood Emergency was declared in the Austin area. Now, look at the sea surface temperature anomalies for the globe right now, with the signs of a developing El Nino (the warm water off south America stretching westward along the Equator), and also note the warm …

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23 May 2015

My Inner Geek

My Inner Geek

We have a popular local program where I work at (WBOC in Salisbury Maryland) called Delmarva Life and reporter Sean Streicher asked me to sit down and talk about myself. Sean explored my inner geek and I thought I’d share it here.

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22 May 2015

I’m Not A Politician But… I Think The Answer is 1 in 27 Million

I'm Not A Politician But... I Think The Answer is 1 in 27 Million

The Washington Post (and other news outlets) reported Thursday that Jeb Bush believes it is arrogant to claim that it’s settled science that humans are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet: From the Washington Post: “The climate is changing,” he said, according to The Post’s Ed O’Keefe. “I don’t think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for people to …

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19 May 2015

NOAA: 2015 So Far is Hottest On Record

NOAA: 2015 So Far is Hottest On Record

NASA released their data last week showing that the year so far is the hottest on record, and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly National Climate Data Center) came out with their summary today. NASA and NOAA (along with the UK and Japan) use slightly different methods to compile the data, which is a very common method in science. More from NOAA NCEI: Global highlights: April 2015     …

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18 May 2015

Latest Data Says Miami Is Sinking Into The Sea Even Faster Than Thought.

Latest Data Says Miami Is Sinking Into The Sea Even Faster Than Thought.

Here is a well written piece full of good factual information on the slow motion disaster underway in South Florida. It’ from Senior Researcher Brian McNoldy at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine Science. I had a chance a few years back to spend an afternoon there, and talk with some of their scientists, and it was an illuminating day. As you read about the latest research, consider the problems …

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15 May 2015

Science Friday on NPR Showcases Brave Teachers In Alabama

Science Friday on NPR Showcases Brave Teachers In Alabama

Good video here from the folks at NPR’s Science Friday. A steep hill to climb.

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14 May 2015

NASA: Warmest Jan.-April on Record. 2015 May be New Hottest Year On Record

NASA: Warmest Jan.-April on Record. 2015 May be New Hottest Year On Record

The previous 12 month period was also the hottest on record and this breaks that record which was set just last month. With the daily increasing signs that a significant El Nino is brewing, we seem to be on track for another warmest year on record as well. El Nino’s really heat the atmosphere, and they tend to be among the warmer years almost always. Add in the rising greenhouse …

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Here is The Chance of A Major Hurricane Hitting The U.S. Coast this Year

Here is The Chance of A Major Hurricane Hitting The U.S. Coast this Year

This is really a great video from NASA, but what I like the most about it is how they explain a subtle fact of statistics that almost everyone, especially gamblers, basketball, and baseball players get wrong. With an El Nino brewing, we may see a quiet Atlantic tropical cyclone season. Like 1992, when we only had one storm make landfall on the coast of North America. Hurricane Andrew, a Category …

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NASA Image Shows Ground Motion from First Nepal Quake

NASA Image Shows Ground Motion from First Nepal Quake

Also See more from fellow AGU blogger Dr. Dave Petley. From NASA:  Scientists with the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA), a collaboration between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, analyzed interferometric synthetic aperture radar images from the PALSAR-2 instrument on the ALOS-2 satellite operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to calculate a map of the deformation of Earth’s …

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10 May 2015

Warm Water, Deserts, and Snowy Winters

Warm Water, Deserts, and Snowy Winters

The internet is so grand, and being over 55 I think I appreciate this more than those who never lived in a world without Google. One thing I like to do in this space is to link to great science online and I actively look for it. So here are some interesting things of various lengths that will tell you more about the world we live in. Granted, it’s not …

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