Flickr: Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.
Excellent photos of the Iceland Volcano eruptions. Via Kevin Murphy’s Twitter (otherwise known as Ghost in the Machine).
NPR: Meteor Turns Night Into Day In Midwest.
“Check out what happened over eastern Iowa last night.” The video’s quite impressive.
Guardian.UK: Airports closed as volcanic ash drifts toward UK.
Thanks to volcanic ash from Iceland’s erupting volcano, airports are shut down in the UK. Here’s why it’s bad to get ash in your jet engines, as if you really need to have it explained. I think anyone can imagine why the stuff would be instant seizure for moving parts.
BBC News: Low solar activity link to cold UK winters.
”They identified a link between fewer sunspots and atmospheric conditions that ‘block’ warm, westerly winds reaching Europe during winter months. But they added that the phenomenon only affected a limited region and would not alter the overall global warming trend.” Yet the sunspot cycles have been, for the most part, much higher than before and during the turn of the last century. I still think sunspot cycles have great influence over the Earth that simply hasn’t been discursively tested for yet. That doesn’t mean I doubt global warming, however. I think we obviously have an impact. I just think there are more input factors than we generally believe.
Design You Trust: Sleeping bag.
Okay, kids ... check this out. Scare the hell out of your friends while camping. PERFECT.
Vimeo: Stomacher - Untitled/Dark Divider.
Some of the most incredible time-lapse video I’ve seen. Watch it large, wait for the starry skies. WOW. Recommended.
KRQE: Fire causing home, business evacuations.
First Bosque fire of the season for Albuquerque. Be safe down there, folks.
Discover Magazine: Flying through the aurora at 28,000 kph.
“The green glow is actually much lower than the ISS; that part of the aurora is usually at a height of 100 or so kilometers (60 miles), while ISS is at 400 km (240 miles). The red glow can reach higher, to more than 500 km (300 miles), so when Soichi says he is flying through the aurora he is literally correct. The fantastic speed of the ISS is apparent in the trailing of the stars in the image, and the streaking of the purple clouds below.”
NPR: Uh-Oh, Central Park’s No Place For A Rabbit These Days.
Please don’t release Easter Bunnies into Central Park.
SF New Mexican: Report: Rescue effort after chopper crash marred by chaos, miscommunication.
”Massive communications failures brought on by bad weather, poorly functioning radios and remote terrain hampered the effort to find and rescue three people involved in a state police helicopter crash last June, according to a report. In addition, bickering and hostile accusations among the volunteer search and rescue teams that responded to the crash added to the chaos and may have contributed to the inherent danger involved in the mission, according to the report from search and rescue officials that was posted online late last week.” I understand there’s a repeater on Tesuque Peak, maintained by local amateur radio enthusiasts. Perhaps it cannot reach down into the Lake Katherine notch in SF Baldy?
New Scientist: Mathematics of ancient carvings reveals lost language.
“Elaborate symbols and ornate depictions of animals carved in stone by an ancient Scottish people have given up their secret – to mathematics. Statistical analysis reveals that the shapes are a forgotten written language. The method could help interpret many other enigmatic scripts — and even analyse animal communication.”
Preview for Discovery’s “Life.”
New Scientist: Ice plumbing is protecting Greenland from warm summers.
”Mathematical models suggest the higher temperatures in Greenland cause lakes of meltwater to form on the ice sheet, rather than on the ice shelf as happens in Antarctica. This meltwater then pours down the glacier’s “plumbing” — its crevasses and moulins — to the ice sheet’s base, where it flows out to sea. Had the meltwater pooled on an ice shelf, the water flowing into the cracks would have split the floating ice.”
NewWest.Net: KOA Kamping On the Oregon Koast.
”Given the weather, I’m not interested in freezing my glass balls off in a tissue-thin tent while the ocean spits wind and typhoonal moisture down on us like a two-year-old with a saltine in his mouth. For this reason, we’re taking the soft route: I’ve reserved three days in a Kampin’ Kabin at the KOA in one of the coastal towns. We love the Kampin’ Kabin. It kicks ass. Two rooms, mattresses, heat, light, power. Free wi-fi. Yeah, we’re soft. But we’re also cheap.” Candy ass. There is no such thing as bad weather; only bad clothing or bad gear.
Discover Mag: Ridiculously Good Photography of LIFE in All Its Glory.
“Life: Ain’t it grand? That seems to have been the starting point for the new nature documentary series LIFE, which spotlights some of the planet’s most gloriously unusual critters.”
Short Sharp Science: Animals do not commit suicide.
Turns out it is just a bit of anthropomorphizing?
Hummingbird.net: Hummingbird Migration Maps.
The hummers are coming. They used to do Broad-tails as well, but I suppose it got too time-intensive. Clean those feeders! It’s only a matter of weeks for us in NM.
Treehugger: Geologists Accidentally Opened the “Door to Hell”.
”Apparently, during the 1970s, when Turkmenistan was part of the USSR, Soviet geologists were sent into the desert to explore for natural gas, which can often be detected seeping through the sand. While drilling in one such spot, the geologists happened upon a large, cavernous space full of poisonous gas which promptly swallowed their equipment. Hoping to burn off the excess gas, perhaps to make it possible to descend into the crater, the geologists set it ablaze — and 35 years later, it’s still burning.”
Daffodils are about to pop! That is, if Tuesday night’s threatened ‘snow showers’ end up as rain instead ...
Dear Mother Nature ...
… I’d really love to put my shovel away now. Same view as last evening. Can’t tell the depth because of drifts. Probably around 5”. Ironically, I read that it just turned spring at 11:32 AM. PFFFFFFT.
More flippin’ snow. And more forecast for overnight. About 3PM today, I thought I heard someone messing around, banging something around the side of the place. Looked outside, snow was starting, wind was picking up. Then, five minutes later, thunder. Lightning. Cascades of graupel (that foamy sleet/snow). Enough to bury the hardscapes in white. Temps dropped 15 degrees in about half an hour. Then sirens from the local paramedic station down the road. Apparently the graupel was bountiful enough to pack into ice on the roads, hence accidents (noone was initially slowing down, though the roads were white. Hint: if you don’t hear water splashing around your tires, you’re driving on ice). Graupel was followed by snow, and then tapered off. And by 6PM, all but the softscapes are clear and nearly dry. Bizarre freaking weather day.
Discover: Bluefin Tuna Is Still on the Menu: Trade Ban Fails at International Summit.
“Privately, European diplomats expressed frustration that Japan, which consumes 80 per cent of the bluefin tuna caught, was able to cement opposition to the ban while the EU’s 27 member states were thrashing out their internal disputes [Financial Times]. The Christian Science Monitor, however, interviewed Japanese residents who say the fact that the bluefin is getting more attention than other troubled fish is partly because of building anti-Japan sentiment, pointing to the Toyota public shaming and the controversy connected to the documentary The Cove, which shone the spotlight on an annual dolphin hunt.” Anti-Japan? Good lord, I’ll take a dozen Japanese products over even a tenth of a Chinese one. Perhaps there are some dinosaurs inside the Beltway who might feel this way, but if they do, they’re ignoring that most “Japanese” autos are assembled over here these days.
KRQE: Mountain lion roaming Santa Fe.
Snow, this morning, just after shovelling. “B” shot on the photoblog is more of the same, out back in the courtyard.
Snow update, same view as earlier ... a few minutes ago.
Had to go out and knock snow off all the branches of the trees. Heavy and wet. At least 8” in front of the house ... and IT’S STILL SNOWING.