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July 20, 2014

It’s the middle of summer. Are you hot yet?  NOAA has released a map showing when you can normally expect the hottest day of the year. For some people, it arrived in June or early July and cooler days lie ahead. If you live in most of the West or the Southern Plains, it will hit you in the next few weeks. And, if you are on the West Coast, you will have to wait a couple of months. Summer heat peaks in different times of the year. Source NOAA. See enlarged map here. The longest day of the year... more

July 14, 2014

It’s a bird; it’s a plane—no—it’s a polar vortex! AAAAAGH!   The jet stream wiggled far to the north in the West and dropped south in the Midwest, bringing cool weather. Source: European Ensembles (ECMWF MODEL) Relax; during the third week of July, we had a cold front. It was a bit stronger than normal and reduced July temperatures between 10˚–30˚F. Around the Great Lakes, it almost felt like autumn. Actually, it was refreshing, but some people needed to slip on a sweater. If you lived in the... more

June 14, 2014

The space storms are coming! The space storms are coming! Call out Paul Revere! Hide the women and children! Aaaaaaargh! Flare 1 and 2, coming at you! Sources: NASA/SDO/Goddard Wait a minute … the space storm came and went and you didn’t notice? Many experts did a lot of work to prepare for solar storms. The protections worked. The good news is that there was no bad news. Solar storms really do pose a threat. The energy from them can interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, producing what is... more

May 25, 2014

With the rising price of salads, it’s harder to eat healthy. Here’s some good news—El Niño is coming. The huge weather event usually brings rain to California, enough to break the drought and help vegetable farming. Here’s the awkward news—the same event usually creates droughts in areas that grow chocolate! You may have to eat healthy. Thanks to El Niño, your salads should be more affordable but that yummy piece of chocolate may cost more. Source: Wikipedia With cooler temperatures in the... more

May 19, 2014

If it’s May, it’s time to work in your garden and (apparently) plan for the upcoming hurricane season. Here’s the good news: All the experts agree that it will be a quieter Atlantic hurricane season with fewer storms. Of course, the bad news is that last year most of the experts agreed that 2013 would be an unusually busy season and it was totally wimpy. Let’s hope they are a little more accurate now. Oddly enough, one of the main reasons that everyone is agreeing the Atlantic will be quieter... more

May 12, 2014

Mother’s Day is supposed to the perfect time for flowers and family outings! Except this year, moms in Denver would have preferred mittens. As the day drew to a close, a storm threatened to drop 3 to 4 inches of snow on the city. At that, city dwellers were getting off easy. Winter storm Zephyr dumped a foot of snow at higher elevations and some areas in Wyoming were hammered with three feet of snow! (By the way, a zephyr is actually gentle western breeze—not a storm!) Mother’s Day brought a... more

May 5, 2014

Spring has arrived—late! Here it is May and we have already had a snowstorm that dumped 5 inches as far south as Arkansas. But the heat is coming and it is time to finally think Spring. That’s right—picture Spring! It’s time to send all that snow back to the Arctic and picture spring! Source: US Postal Service Everyone has their own picture of when spring starts for them. For so many of us, it’s that first trip to the nursery when we drool over the bedding plants. Images of perfect gardens... more

April 28, 2014

If you're one of the many who endured a tough winter this year, consider yourself lucky. In Russia it has been raining—rocks! Click to watch video below. Coming right at you—meteor striking near Murmansk, Russia. Source: YouTube A meteor terrified Russia at the end of April. (Everyone knows that a meteor is in the sky and a meteorite is when it strikes the Earth’s surface, right?) Only last year a large meteorite exploded over the Russian town of Chelyabinsk Oblast. Its huge blast in... more

April 13, 2014

The Tropical Pacific is thousands of miles away from the chilly Midwest. Despite the distance, the fate of your summer grocery and electrical bills rest on those warming tropical waters. An El Niño in the Tropical Pacific can shape the weather in the chilly Midwest. Source: Wikipedia The good news is that the balmy Pacific waters are getting warmer. Our government is on an El Nino watch. If, as most scientists expect, we get an El Nino, the weather will be good for agriculture. If we get one... more

March 30, 2014

Everyone needs a hobby. On March 29, we saw the Sun’s newest hobby. It knit a “Magnetic Crochet” high in our sky. A giant lacey network of rippling electric currents covered the Earth’s upper atmosphere. None of these currents touched the globe’s surface or threatened our electrical grid. Scientists name this rare and rather beautiful effect a “Magnetic Crochet”. The Sun knit a magnetic crochet. Source: NASA On March 29, a large solar flare thrown off by a sunspot caused a surge of electrical... more


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