Many people might not consider Denver, Colorado as having very hot weather, considering it is known as the Mile City at an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,600 km) above sea level. Denver is halfway between the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. At one time, the Great Plains were shown on maps in the 1800s as “The Great American Desert”, and yes it can get hot in Denver.
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.
|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.
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.
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.