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28 October 2010

The Gales of November Came Early

As forecasters expected, violent storms tracked across Alabama and Tennessee on Tuesday. Tornadoes then hit South Carolina in the early morning hours of Wednesday. I was on air for nearly 8 hours straight. My voice is yet to recover. Wall clouds are the parent clouds of a tornado. Not every wall cloud will produce a twister but if you see one, go the other way. Fast. Better yet, get under …

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26 October 2010

Autumn Twisters On The Prowl

When most folks think of tornadoes, they imagine a warm spring afternoon suddenly turning stormy. More often than not this is true but there are glaring exceptions. Last night was one and Tuesday will be another. A powerful storm system has been winding up  in the Plains. Last night a band of storms from Texas to Alabama brought tornadoes and large hail. Here in North Alabama, I was up for much …

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24 October 2010

The Oldest Object Ever Photographed?

There is a paper in NATURE this week that has caught the attention of a lot of people. Even those who are not into astrophysics! Awhile back the Hubble telescope took the image you see below. See that little smudge? This image may contain the most distant and oldest object ever seen by human eyes. From European Southern Observatory/NASA Astronomer Matt Lehnert from the Observatoire de Paris and a team …

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19 October 2010

NOAA- Every Decade Warmer Than One Before

I was on a conference call with some climate experts yesterday when someone mentioned this graph from NOAA. Every decade from the 1950’s through 2000-2010 was warmer than the decade before it. NOAA also has released the September temperature anomalies. Even with the strong La Nina of cool waters in the Pacific, it was the 8th warmest on record. January through September is now tied for the warmest year on …

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18 October 2010

Great Poster for Teachers

Found this online today and it’s a must for Earth Science teachers everywhere. This is definitely my longest post ever! Okay so click on it and download the full size image and then get a poster made! kudos to Karl Tate at OurAmazingPlanet.com

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15 October 2010

This Is A Great Idea!

I just heard today about a fabulous project to help get supplies to teachers in need. Donors Choose is a clearing house where teachers who need supplies can be matched with donors. Teachers list exactly what they need equipment wise and you can chip in to help them get it! Any amount is excepted and it’s tax deductible! I have made a special page on their site where readers of …

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13 October 2010

Royal Society Releases Exc. Summary of Climate Science.

The Royal Society was once presided over by Isaac Newton himself. It’s the world’s oldest science institution. They have just released a very good summary of what is now known about climate science and climate change. Well worth a read. Speaking of science, this blog will soon be part of a new project by the American Geophysical Union. The AGU has over 50,000 members worldwide and is one of the …

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12 October 2010

Is Dirty Air A Factor In The Diabetes Pandemic?

There is a real pandemic of type two diabetes in America. Until recently it was thought that this was due to the fact that most Americans are overweight and have rather terrible diets. I can always tell the flights to America at Heathrow in London. I just look at the people in the gate area. If most are overweight, the odds are high it’s a U.S. destination. This same problem …

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9 October 2010

IMAGINE

October 9 1940 December 8, 1980 and the World will live as one…

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8 October 2010

Did the Oil Disperants Do this To The Gulf?

This is an excellent story from the AP. It’s about the Gulf of Mexico – AFTER the oil spill. Pretty powerful stuff isn’t it. Dan

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