Archive for December, 2009

Science Lessons from a big snowstorm

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Like any big weather event the storm that spread snow from Tennessee and North Carolina along the East Coast to New England on December 18-21, 2009 is a good source of real-world science lessons. With this storm, as with most winter storms, some of the most appropriate lessons revolve around how meteorologists produce forecasts and how people should use weather forecasts. Since... »

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Answers: Rising and Sinking Air

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Q: In your AOPA Flight Training Magazine, January 2010 article you say that the curving path of upper air winds cause air to sink in some areas, creating high pressure at the surface, and to rise in other areas creating or strengthening areas of low pressure at the surface.  My question: How does adding rising air to an area, which... »

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Answers: Weather Radar

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Q: I have been reading your column in AOPA Flight Training magazine for several years and I wanted to let you know you have inspired me to become very interested in the weather and especially how it effects my flying. My question is about where I can find the raw SD radar weather reports.  I see them briefly mentioned in... »

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Princely Pitfalls to Expaining Science

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Prince Albert II of Monaco,whose environmental credentials are certainly as strong as those of any head of state, illustrated some of the pitfalls of trying to help people understand science during his talk and following question and answer session at the  National Press Club on Nov. 30, 2009. In his talk the Prince described his family's heritage of environmental concern going... »

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