Archive for January, 2010

Volcanoes, climate, and a doubtful solution

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

My story on "The volcanic-Climate Connection," which was published in the January-February 2010 issue of Weatherwise magazine, focuses on how a few extremely large volcanoes in the past have cooled the Earth for a few months. At the end of the story I mention that the cooling effects of past eruptions have led some people, including a few atmospheric scientists, to... »

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Answers: Wind direction

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Q: In your article in the January 2010 issue of AOPA Flight Training, you say: "If the lines on a weather map showing air pressures of 500 millibars and 496 millibars were straight and parallel, the PGF and Coriolis forces would soon balance and the wind would flow parallel to the lines of equal atmospheric force." I thought that air... »

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Science librarians honor AMS Weather Book

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) organization has selected The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather as the "2009 ASLI... »

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Science Stories about Arctic Blasts Missing in Action

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The New Year has brought us a blizzard of stories about frigid temperatures and snow storms, but I've been unable to find any stories that closely examine what's going on. I had been wondering whether I just hadn't looked hard enough until I read the Jan. 6 Knight Science Journalism Tracker blog and saw that Tracker Charlie Petit is also searching... »

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Science Lessons from Bitter Cold

Monday, January 4th, 2010

The strong winds and bitter cold that the new year 2010 brought to large parts of the United States has put wind chill in the news. This, like any outbreak of cold, windy weather, offers high school physics teachers in places where people are talking about wind chill an opportunity to relate the laws of thermodynamics to everyday life. Elementary and middle... »

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