Tag Archives: meteorology

The Surf Forecaster Who Says When It’s Safe to Shred Mavericks

The fact that surfing is as much science as it is Zen is why I love it.

Mark Sponsler is a renowned surf forecaster and founder of Stormsurf.com, and his number crunching helps decide when big-wave competitions happen.

Source: The Surf Forecaster Who Says When It’s Safe to Shred Mavericks | WIRED

The birth of the weather forecast

Admiral Robert FitzRoy took his life 150 years ago. He gave the world the weather forecast.

Source: The birth of the weather forecast – BBC News

Thought he played it off well

Students Put AccuWeather Long-Range Forecasts to the Test

NotSoAccuWeather.com

With AccuWeather having recently introduced its 45-day forecasts in August, I thought it would be interesting and informative for this year’s students to be some of the first to quantitatively assess the skill of this new product.

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Steely Dan: “Babylon Sisters”

The wind just hit suddenly, pushing the stiflingly hot air into the house and throwing the temperature from the low 80’s to nearly 100. It was at that point that I remembered John Knox’s class on katabatic winds and this song:

Thunderclouds Make Gamma Rays—and Shoot Out Antimatter, Too

Meanwhile, back on Earth, it seems that you don’t need a particle accelerator to become the Hulk, you just need to fly through a thunderstorm. An ordinary, everyday thunderstorm.

Thunderstorms give out powerful blasts of gamma rays and x-rays, shooting beams of particles—and even antimatter—into space. The atmosphere is a stranger place than we ever imagined

Source: Thunderclouds Make Gamma Rays—and Shoot Out Antimatter, Too – Scientific American