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Arachnophobia

Fear of spiders

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    Apogean Tide

    A monthly tide of decreased range that occurs when the Moon is at apogee (farthest from Earth).

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's intensity. It is used to estimate a hurricane’s potential impact on coastal areas, including property damage and flooding. Wind speed, measured using a 1-minute average, is the determining factor in the scale. Category 1: wind speeds 74-95 mph Category 2: wind speeds 96-110 mph Category 3: wind speeds 111-130 mph Category 4: wind speeds 131-155 mph Category 5: wind speeds over 155 mph

    Moonrise/Moonset

    The Moon’s rising above or descending below the horizon.

    Dewpoint temperature

    The temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled before it becomes saturated; the temperature of an object when dew first forms on it.

    Phenology

    The study of natural periodic events in the life-cycle of plants (and animals).

    Span

    9 inches; derived from the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the little finger when both are outstretched.

    July

    Named to honor Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100-44B.C.). In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar, with the help of Sosigenes, developed the Julian calendar, the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.


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