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14 November 2011

Are You What’s Wrong With The World??

The left was easy, (one of my science heroes) but I’ve never seen the girl on the right in my life. I guess I am NOT what’s wrong with the World! Have not been able to find who made this…

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2 November 2011

“Blue Norther” Cold Front Charges Through The Plains

Snow, with winds gusting nearly 40 mph was Mother Nature’s way of welcoming folks in Western Kansas to November today. The folks in the Plains call this type of front a “blue norther” and they move fast bringing rapid temperature drops along with strong winds. This system will move into the Eastern USA tomorrow and bring blustery rains and a chill to much of the nation east of the Mississippi. …

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31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

    “Starting now, we cannot soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing. We annihilated the World before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and both institutions are still open for business.” “So, goodnight everybody, and remember for the next few days …

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6 October 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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26 September 2011

Major Solar Storm Underway

A major coronal mass ejection has occurred on the sun and while it will only glance Earth, it is big enough to have caused a major warning from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. This is called a G3 warning and that means it’s a biggy. From NOAA SWPC: A strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been observed and is partially-directed at Earth. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued …

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23 September 2011

Happy Equinox!

The autumnal equinox was at 09:05 GMT this morning which is 4:05 AM USA Central Daylight time. I thought it would be fun to show the 18Z Meteosat image of the Earth from the Solstice on 21 June and compare it with today’s at the same moment. June 21:   and today   We meteorologists have another way of knowing it is fall. Just look at the sunset spikes on …

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16 September 2011

Common Sense Is Assumed In Scientific Method- Or at least it should be!

I am told reliably that this is a true story, but you always hear that! (Although it’s likely a myth it’s a FUNNY read all the same): Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets all travelling at maximum  velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of …

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5 September 2011

Weekend Science Digest- A Symphony of Science

  Lots of science news this week caught my eye and number one on the list is the video above (thanks to “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait) . John Boswell has his entire collection of videos online along with the music. You can download them for whatever you think is fair. These videos are IMHO a great teaching tool about what and who we are, and what science and scientific method …

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29 August 2011

Bright Meteor Lights Up Skies From Huntsville, Alabama to Georgia

More here.

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14 August 2011

Starry Starry Phytoplankton

Landsat 7 took this image of phytoplankton around Gotland Island (Sweden) in the Baltic Sea. If this doesn’t remind you of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting then you have zero imagination. Just as an aside, it’s not pronounced “van go” but more closely to van gogk. After selling only one painting during his life (and killing himself in a fit of depression), the least we can do is attempt to pronounce …

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