Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eskimos: Hey, where’s our snow??

North American Turned Upside down for temps: The official explanation from NASA: Snow fell in the U.S. Deep South, severe storms battered the East Coast, and International Falls, Minnesota, set a new temperature record: -46 degrees Fahrenheit (-43 degrees Celsius) … Continue reading

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What is Long-Term Rapid Bio-Assessment of Byram River Health?

That might sound like a contradiction, but here’s how it works.  Meters, gauging stations, grab samples and field visits all measure at a specific point in time – giving just a snapshot of conditions at one point along the river’s 30 … Continue reading

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Why the crazy weather? La Niña is here.

The current state of this season’s La Nina is shown in this Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean, based on the average of 10 days of data centered on Dec. 26, 2010. The new image … Continue reading

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Snow in Every State but Florida

End of the Nor’easter snow totals: Wilmington, VT: 36.0″ Savoy, MA: 34.5″ North Haven, CT: 29.5″ Woodford, VT: 26.0″ Concord, NH: 22.0″ Port Millerton, NY: 21.8″ West Glocester, RI: 21.2″

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What great star is that, nuzzling up to the moon?

That’s no star.  That’s Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity.

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Sometimes, Beauty is where you find it.

In the seach for visual beauty, sometimes it pays to just look down. Or take an accidental picture of your feet.

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What makes a great bridge: bike lanes, beach access and art.

Belleair Causeway, Pinellas County, Florida These bike lanes are left of the barrier – about 14 ft wide. Pedestrians get 8 ft behind barriers. Beach access for car-top kayaks is a critical amenity get reach the launch beach. Public art … Continue reading

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Extruded Concrete Bridge Deck as the New American Cathedral

The Belleair Bridge is one of the first to continuously extrude its deck from the anchorage base, resulting in a very clean bottom, supported by post-modernist gothic arches.

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Gulf Coast Florida at Night from Space

Rising Moon over the Atlantic adds to the wonder.

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Four and twenty black birds, baked….

    My friend, Jesse Ferrell, at Accu-weather has the best analysis of what happened.   Update from NYT  

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What’s a Tuna Worth? How about $ 522 a pound?

New Record Prices to feed not only Japan, but China too.

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Australia Flooding

             

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Reclaimed Water Use in Pinellas County, FL.

Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersberg and Clearwater Florida, is a large barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, forming the west side of Tampa Bay.  Like many communities situated along the sandy coastline, its water supplies depend upon floating … Continue reading

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Quads Meteor Shower Tuesday Night – New Moon too.

Up-Date: Chris Peterson captured these fireballs crossing the sky:

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Wooden phone poles don’t grow to the sky – but metal ones do.

From the phone pole wiki: In 1844, the United States Congress granted Samuel Morse $30,000 to build a 40-mile telegraph line between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.. Morse began by having a lead-sheathed cable made. After laying seven miles underground, … Continue reading

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Global Warming Hoax

Here is persuasive evidence that global warming (a real event) is caused by sunspots, not human-generated CO2 in the atmosphere: (Ed. Note: Ocean rise as a current effect on your shoreline risk is very real and affects your property and … Continue reading

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What’s Up with that? The Mountains of New York

Stereo vision exercise:  Stare at this until 3-D pops into your brain. NASA Visible Earth From Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River (at the top of the image) and extending to Long Island (at the bottom) this image shows … Continue reading

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What’s up with that? The Air

From NASA   Yellow bands—larger, coarse particles—around the Middle East, North Africa, and western North America likely indicate dust and sand storms as the northern hemisphere reaches the driest time of year. The bright red areas in Russia and much of South … Continue reading

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What’s Up with that? The Oceans.

From NASA Peruvian fisherman named El Niño (Spanish for “the boy child”) after the Christ child because the climate phenomenon usually shows up around Christmastime. But its counterpart, La Niña, is the gift giver, bringing cold, nutrient-rich water to the … Continue reading

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It’s 1:11 am on 1/1/11. Drivers – Start Your Engines!

This must mean something. It is the first hour of the first day of the new decade. Oh that’s right — it means that the third millenium of the common era is now 1% over.

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