Archive for the ‘Climate’ Category

Light Pillars!

When it get really cold up here in The Great White North…

Amazing things happen!

light-pillars(Image Credit: Jay Callaghan)

Light pillars captured in Peterborough, Ont., on Feb. 24, 2014!


light pillar is a visual phenomenon created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. The light can come from the Sun (usually at or low to the horizon) in which case the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar. It can also come from the Moon or from terrestrial sources such as streetlights (Wikipedia)


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What if the polar ice caps melted. What would the world look like?


This National Geographic maps gives some indication as to how our world would change.

(Spoiler Alert: Goodbye Netherlands, Florida, the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Bangladesh!)


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The coldest place on earth.

Antarctica. August 10, 2o1o and July 31, 2o13.


-135.8F (-93.2C)!

Mighty brisk, I can tell you that right now.

Puts things in perspective.


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While the rest of us were off doing whatever the rest of us do…

Science geeks and nerdlings the world over have been discovering things that make the world an even more awesome place!


Cancer: http://bit.ly/167lkrE
Whispering: http://bit.ly/1biP5Ke
New form of matter: http://bit.ly/18CYkz3
Climate change: http://bbc.in/19P6vax
Mars: http://bit.ly/1bkPA6A
Oxygen: http://bit.ly/1bUtZkO
Jaw & backbone: http://bit.ly/15Dv3HJ
Solar panels: http://bit.ly/167lCyT


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Thanks once again to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for this amazing Photograph.

Explanation: What type of cloud is that? This retreating cumulonimbus cloud, more commonly called a thundercloud, is somewhat unusual as it contains the unusual bumpiness of a mammatus cloud on the near end, while simultaneously producing falling rain on the far end.

Retreating Thunderstorm at Sunset Panorama(Credit: Amazing Sky Photography: Alan Dyer)

Taken in mid-June in southern AlbertaCanada, the cloud is moving to the east, into the distance, as the sun sets in the west, behind the camera. In the above image, graphic sunset colors cross the sky to give the already photogenic cloud striking orange and pink hues.

A darkening blue sky covers the background. Further in the distance, a risingwaxinggibbous moon is visible on the far right.


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A friend of mine brought this to my attention.

clouds-anvil(Anvil clouds)

Amazing photographs of clouds.

Clouds-Cirrus-Kelvin-Helmholtz(Cirrus-Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds)

But not just clouds in general.

clouds-lenticular(Lenticular clouds)

Specific kinds of unusual clouds.

Clouds-Mammatus(Mammatus clouds)

Or rather, cloud formations.

Clouds-Roll-clouds(Roll clouds)

I’ve not seen most of these kinds of clouds.

Clouds-Undulatus-Asperatus(Undulatus Asperatus clouds. [No, I’m making this up])

Could not resist sharing them with you!

Clouds-Fallstreak-Hole(Fallstreak Hole clouds)

Send in the clouds!


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Are spring flowers and blossoms in on The Big Lie… The Global Warming Hoax?

Could very well be, according to a ScienceDaily.com article entitled…

In the Eastern U.S., Spring Flowers Keep Pace With Warming Climate, Blooming Up to a Month Earlier

The article begins, “Using the meticulous phenological records of two iconic American naturalists, Henry David Thoreau and Aldo Leopold, scientists have demonstrated that native plants in the eastern United States are flowering as much as a month earlier in response to a warming climate.

The new study is important because it gives scientists a peek inside the black box of ecological change. The work may also help predict effects on important agricultural crops, which depend on flowering to produce fruit.

In 2012, the warmest spring on record for Wisconsin, plants bloomed on average nearly a month earlier than they did just 67 years earlier when Leopold made his last entry.


The sun sets behind a bouquet of blooms on a crabapple tree at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in spring, 2010. In a new study, scientists have demonstrated that native plants in the eastern United States are flowering as much as a month earlier in response to a warming climate. (Image: Jeff Miller)

Well, there you have it, kids. It seems like the local flora has jumped on the global warming bandwagon!


Journal Reference:

  • Elizabeth R. Ellwood, Stanley A. Temple, Richard B. Primack, Nina L. Bradley, Charles C. Davis. Record-Breaking Early Flowering in the Eastern United States.PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (1): e53788 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0053788

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