Category: weather

Guest Video: Hurricane Florence from Space Station, September 12, 2018

It’s beautiful; in a way, it makes you proud of Earth for being able to produce such a thing. It’s terrifying, when you look at the latest NHC forecast track and realize this thing is going to destroy our stuff and to reshape the Carolinas’ coastline. h/t to Daryl at Talkweather.com Advertisements

Hide From the Wind, Avoid the Water

Update, September 18, 2018: It’s over–the storm, I mean. Now comes the part that doesn’t make headlines, but is so very hard to deal with. If you’re in this situation post Florence, or end up in one like it in the future, take that last sentence to heart: you will make it through this. Original

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Guest Videos: The Winds of Mars

The hardest part of space exploration, at least for laypeople trying to keep up to date, is getting used to familiar things, like wind, in unfamiliar settings. Mars is smaller than the Earth, but it has enough wind to support the currently ongoing planetwide dust storm that has shut down Opportunity (hopefully, temporarily). And we

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Guest Video: The Ocean

I never cared all that much about the ocean until researching the book on how cats evolved. Their story goes back–well, it goes back to the general time of the K/T (K/Pg) extinction if you want to also include the evolution of carnivorans (and I do). Over the last 66 million years, this planet has

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Guest Videos: What Is Lightning?

When thunder roars, go indoors! — words of wisdom from James Spann and other meteorologists. Note that on Earth, lightning is most frequent in equatorial regions. For almost 40 years–ever since Voyager passed the planet Jupiter–scientists have wondered why lightning is more frequent at Jupiter’s poles. It otherwise seems to work pretty much the same

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Guest Video: Earth’s Weather in April 2018

I didn’t pay much attention to weather beyond “sunny or rain?” until the late 1990s when it tried to murder me, first in upstate New York and then in the Southeast, where I became closely acquainted with tornadoes, tropical weather of all varieties, and heat. Lots and lots of heat. Fear turned into fascination when

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A Cold Air Funnel Cloud Just Passed By!

After getting this statement, I went out with my tablet (unfortunately I lost my camera recently and haven’t gotten a new one yet) and saw this. Forgive the clumsiness, it’s my first weather video. I think the “funnel” was dissipating, but it was interesting. Of note, I am facing roughly northeast (toward Corvallis) and the

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The Wonder of a Cloudy Oregon Sunrise

The sun rose like this today here in Oregon, a little ways inland from the Pacific Ocean – just peeping out under an overlying wall of clouds. But at dawn, the sky was almost crystal clear. I’m not sure about this, but we may be one of the few places in the continental US where

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