Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

Tornado alley is moving

As someone who thought we already live in tornado alley, it’s not exactly what you hear that actually tornado alley is moving closer to you. This according to the article entitled “Tornado Activity Rising Farther East, Including Missouri and Illinois, but Scientist aren’t Sure Why” by Seth Borenstein at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Watching the movie Twister the other day, certainly didn’t help either.

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Green Librarian

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Snowflakes

So we finally had our first real snow fall last week and while it wasn’t much, something like a couple of inches, it made me realize how much I miss snow. The weekend before that, I tried the experiment of taking boiling water and throwing it into the air on a cold night but, unfortunately it wasn’t cold enough.

Anyway, tonight (despite no snow), I thought I would post this article entitled “This is how snowflakes are born (video)” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. If that doesn’t work for you, how about this poem by Wendell Berry entitled Like Snow:

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out

Snowy dreams!

  

Green Librarian

 

Weather animals

It’s that time of year again where the temps begin to go down and sweatshirts come out of the closet. We also begin to watch the weather, looking for the long-term forecast.

Despite that and even with talk of a large El Nino this year, some of us look no further than the woolly bear caterpillar. This according to Michael d’Estries in his article “Woolly bear caterpillars, meteorologists predict mild winter” over at the Mother Nature Network.

Sleep tight!

  

Green Librarian

Reading seashells

Now I’ve heard about holding a seashell up to your ear to listen to the ocean but reading a seashell to read the weather of the past? That’s the theory that was tested according to the article “Reading the weather from inside a seashell” by the Geological Society of America over at Science Daily. So what else can you do with seashells?

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El Nino for the new year

Granted, we still have nearly a quarter of the year to go, scientist are already looking at El Nino and how it might affect our weather this winter. In particular, they’re looking at California in regards to the drought this year and how it might affect rainfall in that area.

This article over at Earthsky, gives a very detailed explanation of what might happen and why. The article is entitled “El NiƱo this year: What will it bring?” by Catherine Gautier via the University of California at Santa Barbara. Good stuff!

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Sun tornado

Okay, those are two words I would never have thought to put together. It seems that back in early September there was a tornado on the sun that was 5 million degrees Fahrenheit and that spun nearly 10,000 mph.

You can check out the whole story over at GrindTV in the article entitled “Tornado that is 5 million degrees rages on sun for 40 hours” by . All I can say is Wow!

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Rainy days and nights

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer here in this part in the Gateway to the West. If I remember right, we’ve had the most rain we’ve had since they started keeping statistics.Now while as a homeowner my thoughts are always will everything be okay? I have the unfortunate pleasure of having a tree fall on my house (though the house was fine but unfortunately, the tree was not).

That said, when I read this article over at the Environmental News Network, it got me to thinking. The article is entitled “Where does water from rain and snow melt actually go?” courtesy of the University of Utah. So the next time it rains, hopefully I can have the chance to ponder this question.

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