Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

Look, Up In the Sky!

Over Houston early this past Saturday evening, contrails (aka vapor trails) filled the nearly cloudless sky. Peculiar, as the long, white traces were not the usual straight lines from horizon to horizon but were lazy ovals and broad s-curves — back and forth, ’round and ’round. To make matters worse, all this was happening on […]

Think It’s Hot Today? At Least It’s Not 136°

Today is the 88th anniversary of what’s considered the hottest naturally occurring ambient air temperature ever recorded on Earth: 136 degrees Fahrenheit (in the shade) at El Azizia, Libya in 1922.  El Azizia* is located a couple of hundred miles due south of Sicily across the Mediterranean and about 55 miles SSW of Tripoli, although […]