The North Pacific Trash Vortex



The North Pacific trash vortex is also known as the North Pacific trash gyre and the great Pacific garbage patch. A vortex or gyre is an area of the ocean where currents, wind and the earth’s rotation causes a constant circular rotation of the ocean.

How The Earth Sings, Whistles and Talks to Us



Aurora borealis in Norway / Frank Olsen
The Earth sings whistles and talks to us all the time. And scientists are still trying to understand everything the Earth is saying to us. Not only does the Earth sing and whistle to us but also puts on beautiful light shows for us at the same time.



The 5 Amazing Types of Lightning



There are actually numerous types of lightning.  There is the familiar lightning and then there are amazing types of lightning like sprites that flashes upwards into space and the ominous and mysterious ball lightning that floats through walls. 

What is La Niña and How it Affects the Weather



Pretty winter day
Many times, the weatherman will mention that our storms or lack of storms is because of La Niña or El Niño. These are weather patterns that can affect the weather around the world including the United States. Both La Niña and El Niño occur when there are certain changes in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean along the equator.


Understanding these different weather patterns and looking back, weatherman can forecast possible severe weather, storms and droughts for the next year. This helps farmers and ranchers and everyone else anticipate how the next season might be. 

The Crazy and Wild Weather of Colorado


Colorado severe weather warnings map from NWS
Colorado has several distinct climates, each with their own type of weather. The western slope is usually milder and the Rocky Mountains have their share of wild weather and being so high, they influence much of the weather in eastern Colorado. The High Plains of eastern Colorado is where most of the wild weather occurs, including the city of Denver.