Posts tagged with ‘meteorology

In case you missed it… last Friday, the Grand Canyon filled up with clouds and it was amazing
A rare temperature inversion caused most of the Grand Canyon to fill to the brim with fog last Friday. Slight temperature inversions happen once or twice a year, but one that produces something this spectacular only happens once every few decades.
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In case you missed it… last Friday, the Grand Canyon filled up with clouds and it was amazing

A rare temperature inversion caused most of the Grand Canyon to fill to the brim with fog last Friday. Slight temperature inversions happen once or twice a year, but one that produces something this spectacular only happens once every few decades.

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The actual probability of the planet’s climate going nuts in the next half century? Pretty damn high.

The visualization—funded by the United Nations’ IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and made by our friend Felix Pharand Deschenes—is based on 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data. It ties the IPCC findings with the effects of the Anthropocene, the new geological era that refers to the effect of humans on Earth ecosystems, including the transformation of terrain and life all around us. “We also wanted to communicate the sheer scale humanity is now operating on,” says Owen.

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Watch the first 10 minutes of the Moore, Oklahoma F5 tornado forming and intensifying

Raw footage of Fast Unit 70’s (Chance Coldiron & Justin Cox) coverage of the Moore tornado that was used by KOCO5 during the event on May 20th, 2013. We watched as the tornado formed in front of us and rapidly intensified then moved across highway 37 in Newcastle, OK. Then the tornado continued to intensify as it tracked across the Canadian River and the interstate 44 bridge.

Crazy image of the gigantic swirling vortex over Saturn’s north pole
Being a gas giant, Saturn is full of storms. But the most impressive of all is the massive raging vortex at Saturn’s north pole. Taken from NASA’s Cassini probe.
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Crazy image of the gigantic swirling vortex over Saturn’s north pole

Being a gas giant, Saturn is full of storms. But the most impressive of all is the massive raging vortex at Saturn’s north pole. Taken from NASA’s Cassini probe.

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Portrait of Global Aerosols
This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.
High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km).

Portrait of Global Aerosols

This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.

High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km).

Dark Sky is an iOS weather app than can give you minute by minute weather

With your average weather app for your phone, you get daily or hourly predictions for your location, and that’s cool and all, but if you really want an even more fined-tuned sense of the weather, Dark Sky is an app that will tell when your weather is going to change down to the minute.

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Hurricane Sandy is officially the largest tropical cyclone on record. Here’s what she looks like, ready to flood the shit out of most of the east coast of America. 
So if you’re in DC, Virginia, the northeast, New England or southeastern Canada, what are you doing to get ready? Also, please submit some pics.

Hurricane Sandy is officially the largest tropical cyclone on record. Here’s what she looks like, ready to flood the shit out of most of the east coast of America.

So if you’re in DC, Virginia, the northeast, New England or southeastern Canada, what are you doing to get ready? Also, please submit some pics.

The Weather Channel will be naming the big winter storms this year, but we can do better

Not wanting hurricanes to get all the fun, The Weather Channel has decided this year that they’re going to name the major winter storms in the US. They’re using an interesting mix of names from Greco-Roman culture and… Star Trek. Okay, they’re just waiting til “Khan”, so the internet will go crazy, so whatever. And Gandolf [sic] from Tolkien. That can stay. But what are some other good names for winter storms? Why Greco-Roman? Why not Norse? I SURVIVED MJOLNIR 2012. Yessssss.

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NASA discovers carbon dioxide snow on Mars

While Mars is fairly similar to Earth in some ways, its position slightly further out from the Sun makes it quite a bit colder. Cold enough that the polar caps are made of frozen carbon dioxide, cold enough that that frozen carbon dioxide even turns into snow. That’s fucking coooold.

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How the University of Miami is learning to create hurricanes in a giant aquarium

While meteorology has advanced quite a bit in the past few decades, we still have a lot to learn about the exact nature of hurricanes— how exactly they form, how they travel and how we can mitigate property damage and the loss of human life. At the University of Miami in Florida, scientists are learning about hurricanes by creating mini hurricanes in a gigantic aquarium.

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NASA creates a map of lightning strikes across the globe

There’s that saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, a saying that as an adult, you should know is bullshit. And according to this new map from NASA, there are several places on the planet where lightning does strike in the same place quite a lot.

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