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29 May 2013
Science Is About Truth and Not Politics
Hat tip to Quark Soup for this. Both letters published on the THE OREGONIAN are about science instead of superstition: (Maybe I am touchy about this because I have a cracked tooth into a nerve and am living on tylenol and prescription pain meds until I get it pulled! Nah…) The rejection in last Tuesday’s election of the City Council’s resolution to fluoridate Portland’s water supply is discouraging in the way it …
23 May 2013
NOAA: 70% Chance of Unusually Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
The NOAA outlook for this hurricane season is out. Theses forecasts have some skill but it is well to remember that SOME is the operative word here. That said there are growing indications that this will be an active year. Perhaps very active… Here is the public release from NOAA: NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season Era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes continues May 23, 2013 Hurricane Sandy as seen …
22 May 2013
GOES East Weather Satellite May Be Dead
GOES 13 is one of two Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites used for forecasting in the Western hemisphere. Late word tonight is that an attempt to revive it has failed and the backup satellite GOES 14 is being activated We should start seeing some images by midnight Eastern USA time. It will take another day to get normal coverage back. The GOES West satellite does give some coverage of the Eastern USA but it is poor at best …
21 May 2013
Amazing View of the Moore Tornado from The Storm Cellar Door
You can see the multiple suction vortices in the tornado. I think this video may have some very high scientific value.
The Oklahoma Tornado: Some Facts and Pictures
First of all, this tornado was not the biggest and strongest tornado ever recorded on Earth, as one Oklahoma City weather-caster said. We don’t know the wind speeds yet, and until then it cannot be given an EF Scale rating. I’ve seen some things (on the video of the damage) that make it clear that this was very likely an EF 4, and I’ve seen one thing that makes me …
20 May 2013
At Least 37 Dead in Catastrophic Tornado In Oklahoma City Metro (Update 1)
Devastation in Moore (Suburb of OKC). This tornado was 14 years to the month after the May 3, 1999 EF 5. It passed very nearly over the same area. Below is from NWS Norman: Below is the radar image showing a large “Debris Ball” being picked up by the radar. Indications from radar is that this may have been an EF 5 and devastation looks as bad as May 99. …
18 May 2013
99% of Scientific Papers Agree On Climate Threat.
My friend John Cook, (an Australian Physicist who runs the superb website Skeptical Science) is the lead author of a paper in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters that has gotten worldwide attention this past week. Not because the findings are a surprise to the science community, but because the public is surprised! THE GREAT AMERICAN DISCONNECT Dr. Ed Maibach at the George Mason University Center for Climate Change knows exactly how bug a …
17 May 2013
Thunderstorms and Cities: Is there a connection?
Guest Post from Bob Ryan Meteorologist for WJLA TV in Washington DC (This post appeared on the WJLA Weather Blog) Are cities changing summer thunderstorms? This is a follow-up blog to a story I had on our 11PM news Tuesday May 14. You can see the actual story below but I wanted to expand a few things beyond 1 minute and 30 seconds. Here’s the tease :>). Do you live in …
16 May 2013
It still leaves one with serious concerns about the critical thinking skills of the administrators in the Bartow County school system.
15 May 2013
Circumscribed Halo over Ocean City In Maryland On Tuesday
Correction: Hat tip to Daniel Linek who spotted my mistake. This is a CIRCUMSCRIBED Halo. Not a Circumzenithal Arc . See here: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circum.htm The title to this post has also been corrected. You can read more about this on the great Atmospheric Optics site: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/cza.htm I saw one in Greenland (and at the South Pole for a few seconds). The bottom band I believe is a circumhorizon arc.