Tag: meteorology

Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob and, unfortunately, seen his shadow. This means we are in for another 6 weeks of winter – which may be no surprise as we shiver through the current cold weather.

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Undulatus Asperatus

No, not the latest addition to the Hogwarts spell book. This is a new type of cloud that the Cloud Appreciation Society hopes will be formally recognised by the World Meteorological Society and added to the International Cloud Atlas, making

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Wind map

This art project uses data from the US Digital National Forecast Database to produce a zoomable map showing an animated tracery of lines to depict wind direction and speed. http://hint.fm/wind/  

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World Meteorological Day

One of the things we enjoy here in Britain is talking about the weather. Today we will be in our element as it is World Meteorological Day organised by the World Meteorological Association: http://www.wmo.int/pages/index_en.html

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Freezing bubbles

The summit of Mount Washington claims to have some of the worst weather in the world. As this video shows, bubbles freeze when you blow them in air that’s at a temperature of about -300C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddST_7n9peg&feature=player_embedded#at=147 You can learn more

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Flurrious

Probably not quite cold enough out there for snow – although it can feel like it if the wind gets up – but this site reminds us of the beauty of snowflakes rather than the obstacle too much snow becomes:

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Old Weather

TOTD has covered Galaxy Zoo before. Here’s another site that allows you to contribute to science by choosing from a list of old Roayl Navy vessels and digitizing their weather observation logs. http://www.oldweather.org/

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Autumnal Equinox

Today, as you would have seen from yesterday’s post, marks the Autumnal Equinox. Here is Wikipedia again with lots of links and information, both scientific and mythological: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

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Met Office Invent

It is surprising perhaps that, given our obsession with the subject, TOTD hasn’t featured a weather-related site before. Met Office Invent is a beta site that showcases some of their future plans for presenting web-based weather forecasts. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/pws/invent/

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Breathing Earth

This intriguing real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world. http://www.breathingearth.net/ Its dynamic appearance also highlights quite nicely the global inequality of birth and death rates. Apparently over 1,00,000 tons of CO2 were emitted while TOTD pondered

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