Archive for April, 2010

Pilot answers: Upper air data and forecasts

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Q: I use RUC soundings for flight planning, but I am befuddled by the following: When I enter a station, load the Op40 soundings, and hover with my mouse over the loaded graph I seeĀ  bold numbers on the far-left near the Pressure (mb) line, and light numbers appear directly underneath my cursor with a dynamic pink line drawn from... »

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Weather and science of auto racing

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Although I've focused on writing about meteorology and other atmospheric sciences since 1982, I've never passed up a chance to write about auto racing. An April 3, 2010 story on the BBC Web site from the Malaysian Formula One race, "McLaren & Ferrari rue rain errors," gives me an opportunity to get into how not only meteorology but other... »

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When seasons begin — revistited

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Q: Hello Jack. I was wondering if anyone ever turned in an answer on your "official seasons" proposal from last summer. I am doing my senior research project on the seasons, and would like to know what you found out. Thank you for your time. Justin, Redwood Falls, MN [caption id="attachment_1938" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Where it's light and dark on earth at 11:30... »

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