Category Archives: Climate

Atmospheric science, weather, meteorology, climate change.

Sky Temperature Sensor

The first sensor to go on my instrument platform may be an infrared sky temperature sensor. The sky temperature can be used to determine if the sky is clear or cloudy and when the sky is clear the temperature is a measure of the total column water vapor above the sensor. The sensor electronics consists of two modules from SparkFun Electronics,  an evaluation … Continue reading…

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Reviving Science of the Victorians

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In the 19th century, periodical science journals were filled with laypeople’s submissions – and their observations of plants and animals were immensely useful to Charles Darwin. Continue reading…

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Super-Typhoon Haiyan: Most Intense Tropical Storm in History?

NOAA Images, via The Washington Post.

To be fair to Katrina, Haiyan is a much smaller storm. Hurricane force winds only extend about 50 miles from the center; Hurricane force winds extended far more than 100 miles from Katrina’s center. That’s what made Katrina so incredible. It had an all-but unprecedented combination of size and strength for an Atlantic hurricane. But when it comes to brute intensity, there’s no question that Haiyan is stronger—and it’s not even close. Continue reading…

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Alter Type Windscreen

It can be fairly windy here especially in the spring, fall and during snow storms. My CoCoRaHS rain gauge does not catch all the precipitation it should when it is windy. This is a common problem and a WEB search or two turned up a number of different solutions. Most involve some sort of screen around the gauge to block the wind. The … Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (21-31 October 2013)—#583—“Raise The Deck Midst Autumn Color”

We’ve been demolishing and rebuilding an observation deck “This Week at Hilton Pond,” but we haven’t been too busy to stand back and admire the fall color around us. Continue reading…

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Shutting Down Science

As the government shutdown slouches toward its second week, government science programs face delays, shuttering, or cancellation. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Plankton Hunters

In the case of plankton, it is particularly appropriate, since where life on earth in general, and marine life in particular is concerned, one could hardly get more basic than plankton. Without it, there would be no sea life. There would also be much less oxygen for land-dwelling organisms. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: A Larel for Science

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The idea seemed harmless enough. Create an honorary post for an expert in science who could promote the idea of science as a public good. The idea was the brainchild of Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Representatives Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who, this past May introduced a bill to create the position of Science Laureate of the United States, similar to the existing position of Poet Laureate. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (16-31 July 2013)—#575—“Our Midsummer Day’s Dream: A Deeper And Bigger Hilton Pond”

Figure 1. We installed a makeshift dam of ready-mix concrete bags on the eroded dam that forms Hilton Pond (see photo)—all in the hope the water level will rise even more during this very rainy year. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

There’s little doubt 2013 has turned out to be one of our wettest years in memory, and Hilton Pond has responded magnificently. Instead of being half empty by late July it’s close to full, but our midsummer day’s dream is for it to be even deeper and bigger. Continue reading…

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Follow the Voyages of Oceanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer berthed at the NOAA Ford Island facility located in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

NOAA has a wonderful set of live feed cameras that are quite addictive to anyone at all interested in the fun and thrill of exploration. These video feeds chronicle the travels of their research vessel Oceanos Explorer. Continue reading…

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