Category Archives: Weather

Speaking of Meltdown: Arctic Ice Reaches Maximum, Begins Seasonal Melt

On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average … Continue reading

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Red River Rising

Well, not yet, but soon. This year’s record snowpack fell on saturated frozen ground. If spring rains melt it all at once, residents along the Red will face record-breaking floods. There is a huge amount of snow on the ground … Continue reading

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Will Radiation from Japan Reach the US?

No. Well, not enough to hurt, yet just enough to set off panic buying. Ground level releases of radioactivity are typically not able to be transported long distances in significant quantities, since much of the material settles to the ground … Continue reading

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Where Will The Radiation Blow?

Jeff Masters has been running wind direction projections from NOAA. The takeaway: Whatever radiation leaks from the blown reactors in Japan will very probably drift mostly to sea, and precipitate onto the ocean. Note the comparison to Chernobyl, emphasis added. … Continue reading

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Nice Planet You Got Here

Lovely Earth Science Pic du Jour! This is a fraction of this shimmery image. Here’s the whole thing. Skyscape – Earth Science Picture of the Day

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Drought + Floods + Heat = Rising Price of Food

The drought in China’s major wheat production area is continuing, and now approaches the worst in two centuries. China may not be able to feed itself. If China is forced to import wheat, this will put still more pressure on … Continue reading

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Welcome to Fargo! Here’s Your Bag, There’s The Sand, Fill ‘er Up, You Betcha…

  There is a huge amount of snow on the ground in North Dakota along the tributaries of the Red River, thanks to fall precipitation that was 150% – 300% of normal, and winter snows that have dumped up to … Continue reading

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