Saturday, November 8, 2014

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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Five 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. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

La Niña and Our 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. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The 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.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Mysterious Marfa Lights

The mysterious Marfa lights only occur at night in a remote area of southwest Texas near the town of Marfa. They don’t occur every night or every month, but sporadically people will see balls of light floating off of the ground. Scientist have even camped out to see if they can find out what causes them. Some skeptics say they are just a form of mirage and others say that the Earth forms them.