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30 March 2012
Land Spout in Nuevo Laredo State in Mexico
Land spouts are not tornadoes but some have occasionally caused damage. This is one of the biggest I have seen. The wiki entry on them is good. It even mentions a paper by my former synoptic professor Howie Bluestein.
Minneapolis Meteorologist Paul Douglas Gets It Right
I still hear some on air meteorologists say some surprisingly silly things about climate science and some have ended up looking rather foolish as well. The numbers of AMS seal holding meteorologists ( I am one of them) who believe that every major science body on Earth is wrong about climate are slowly dwindling. I was once a skeptic as well, but after spending the time to look at the …
Sierra Club Tells The Truth About Coal
If you are the company hire stop make the dirtiest form of energy look good, how do you do it? You Just put the word CLEAN in front of the product. You cannot watch cable news these days for long without seeing some program sponsored by “clean coal”. The science says otherwise. There is no such thing as clean coal. Is it possible? Perhaps someday, but it appears the cost …
28 March 2012
A New NASA Blue Marble from Suomi NPP
The VIIRS ( Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) sensor on NPP has made a new NASA Blue Marble image. The pic was made in January and shows just how colorful our planet is. The other views are below and I apologize in advance for being North America-centric. Want to see the Earth in full resolution go here, but you had better have a FAST connection. More of the images …
26 March 2012
The Latest Perpetual Motion Fraud
I spotted an advert on the MSNBC website over the weekend that had all the signs of an “energy fraud”. These outfits promise you can outwit the high prices of fuel, electricity etc. and make your own energy for next to nothing! This one is much the same as all of them. These type of hoaxes tend to always have a few things in common. 1. An inventor has discovered …
24 March 2012
Weekend Digest Of Science On The Web
I have not done a digest in a while, but there is a lot of interesting bits of science online this week, so here goes! Bob Henson at NCAR has a MUST read post about this past winter and how it was very atypical of what you would normally expect for a La Nina year. I have also written a post on how looking at the La Nina alone to …
23 March 2012
GOES West Satellite Stops Sending Images
One of the two main geostationary weather satellites (GOES 15) stopped sending images yesterday and caused NOAA satellite technicians to scramble to troubleshoot. Late word this evening is that progress was being made, but images will likely not resume until Friday at the earliest. This GOES was launched in March of 2010, so it is still quite new. The GOES EAST satellite was put into a mode to take …
22 March 2012
Record Heat Continues- Northern Michigan reaches 49 degrees above normal.
Northern Michigan temperatures reached 86º at mid afternoon Wednesday. This is an astounding 49 degrees above the average for the day and time. At the same time, the lower Miss. Valley is being hit with flooding rains. Look at some of the rain totals below: From NWS Detroit: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83 DEGREES WAS SET AT THE SANDERSON FIELD AIRPORT IN SAULT STE MARIE MI ON WEDNESDAY…WHICH BREAKS …
20 March 2012
Astounding Record: Rochester, Minnesota Morning Low Breaks Record High!
The record high temperature in Rochester Minnesota yesterday ( 18 March) was 60 degrees. The records there go all the way back to 1886. The low temperature on the 18th, THE LOW TEMPERATURE, was 62. Hat tip to Greg Carbin at the SPC and Daryl Herzmann for the tip and Daryl for the posting the image on his Facebook page.
19 March 2012
Nation’s Icebox Is Defrosting Early
The incredible heat has continued this weekend across much of nation to the east side of the Rocky Mountains. International Falls, which calls itself the nation’s icebox (much to Canadians amusement) has shattered record after record. On St. Patrick’s day they broke their old record high by an astounding 22 degrees! Minneapolis has also broken a ton of records, and they are not alone. Chicago today hit 80 degrees …