Tag Archives: NASA

What if Chicken Little was right – Would utility providers be prepared?

As a history buff and science geek, my husband will watch the History Channel or Discovery Channel until he’s asleep on the couch. He is the epitome of the phrase, “learning is cool.” Recently, we watched the History Channel’s The Men Who Built America , which specifically focused on J.P. Morgan and his relationship with […]

GOES 13 Weather Satellite Fails Again: Write Your Own Title

This single unit provides data that is critical in producing not only weather forecasts, but data that goes into producing life and death decisions made to protect millions of people and safeguard billions and billions of dollars worth of property and other resources.

Gobsmacked! Miraculous Realities We All Take for Granted

This is not an article about the weather, or the weather-related things I typically write about. Instead this is going to be about how you and I, and the other humans around us, define ourselves. About not only failing to stop and smell the roses, but not even noticing the roses are there.

Busy Weather Week . . . Both on Earth and Elsewhere

Winter to the west, summer to the east…dangerous day in the middle.

Happy 50th Anniversary Mercury Program

50 years ago today, as part of the first manned spaceflight program, John Glenn became the first human to orbit planet Earth as part of the Project Mercury space program. But why was the program named Mercury?

Coming Solar Flare Storm: This Wednesday’s Will Be Worst Since 2005

Two songs are going ’round and ’round in my head on this Monday morning. First, “Stormy Monday” (written by T-Bone Walker, performed by The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more). The other one floating around is “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas. Specifically, these are the lyrics I can’t shake: “They call […]

Batter Up! Smarter New Weather Satellite Called to the Mound

Major changes high above our heads today. And only a few people are aware because, on the surface (forgive the pun), nothing much will change. This is one of those “behind the scenes” changes that touches every one of us, yet life will go on as before. Although, life should go on just a little better than before. That’s because today marks the retirement of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 11 which has been on duty for almost 12 years, and the beginning of operational duty for GOES 15 — which brings improved capabilities to the job.

Near-Miss Asteroid Will Outshine November Meteor Showers

November’s star-gazing is typically highlighted by the Leonid meteor shower, but the hard-core will no doubt scan for the Taurids, as well. Unfortunately, both showers will be hampered by strong moon illumination. But all is not lost! There’s a big, new player in town rocketing closer to Earth than anything of this size in the past 30 years – and we’ll see it next Tuesday.

It’s the Salt’s Fault: Our Ever-Circulating Oceans

For the first time, thanks to the Aquarius instrument aboard an Argentinean satellite, a global perspective of the distribution of salt across the oceans is now available for analysis. With this data, a better understanding of ocean circulation patterns will lead to a better understanding of changing global climates.

Don’t Let Moonshine “Darken” Shooting Star Show

The moon is now waxing gibbous and will reach full moon status this coming Saturday night — almost perfectly timed with the peak of the Perseids which occurs overnight between Friday and Saturday. The light pollution will be significant. A similar situation occurred two years ago when the moon was just past full, in its waning gibbous phase, and indeed the bright sky diminished the shower as fainter meteors were washed out by the moonlight.