Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

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 Niño this year: What will it bring?” by Catherine Gautier via the University of California at Santa Barbara. Good stuff!

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Green Librarian

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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Green Librarian

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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Green Librarian

I’m dreaming of a white…

So here in the midwest we finally got some of the white stuff this week but out west they recently got something brown like mud and milky. It’s still unclear as to what exactly it is or where it came from.

The article is entitled “It’s Raining Milk! Odd Weather Puzzles Scientist” by Laura Geggel at LiveScience. I have to say that with all the odd weather that keeps happening around here, it’s a topic that will continue to be on everyone’s mind.

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Green Librarian

Atmospheric rivers

I have to say this is a term I’ve never heard before. So imagine my surprise to find the article entitled “Atmospheric Rivers” by KU Leuven over at the Environmental News Network. As I’m fond of saying, you learn something new every day.

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Green Librarian

The earth shall rise

This is an affect from climate change that I didn’t really occur to me, according to the article “Extreme Drought is Making the West Cost Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring” by Taz Loomans over at Inhabitat, the drought out west is causing the earth’s crust to rise. Wow!

So it’s sort of like we’re baking a pizza and we’re the toppings. You know, I just had pizza tonight. How scary is that?!

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Green Librarian

 

 

Humans vs. Nature

I think this article may help answer this question. The article is entitled “Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future: A Push to Save Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake” by Chris Berdik over at the New York Times.

It’s a great article looking at the role of human activity on nature. As is stated towards the end,”Tonle Sap project is designed to capture those interactions and look for their consequences, often unintended”.

Worth a look!

 

Green Librarian

 

Polar vortex, landcane, …

So I just learned the term polar vortex earlier this year thanks to old man winter, now I’ve just learned a new term, landcane.  Thankfully I haven’t had the opportunity really to experience one or a hurricane (except for the rain) and according to this article, I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to experience a landcane.

Anyway, if you want to learn about them, check out the article “A Landcane over Australia” by Matt Daniel over at Earthsky. Of course, with California experiencing a dry winter like really never before or at least for a very long time, I guess it’s possible.

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Green Librarian

The snow it is a comin’

So here I sit the night before the first of three snow storms arrives. The first thought I had was, I’ll get the chance to tweet how much we get with the help of my youngest son over at the Scistarter, a citizen science website.

The thought that didn’t come to mind was maybe I” tale some pictures of the snowflakes. So when I saw this article over at Earthsky, I thought I can do this. For the answer to that, stay tune. Meanwhile, the article is entitled “How to Take Photos of Snowflakes“. I have my camera ready.

I’m dreaming of a white Tuesday!

 

Green Librarian

Upside (and another downside) to winter this year

Okay, so the polar vortex has headed north once again and it appears that parts of United Kingdom, including the place where my family migrated from (Wales),  got hit hard by big waves. This according to the article “Foul Weather in Britain Linked to U.S. ‘Polar Vortex’” is by Scott Neuman at NPR.

On the upside however (maybe), comes the article “Celebrating Deep Freeze, Insect Experts See a Chance to Kill Off Invasive Species” by Lisa W. Foderaro at the New York Times. To know for sure, I guess we’ll just have to wait.

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Green Librarian