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The Louisiana Flood

As the August flooding in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, subsides, the statistics from the flood are beginning to surface.  The two-to-four day rains produced over 19 inches of rain in Baton Rouge.  Watson, Louisiana, ended up with over 31 inches. As the waters rose during and after the storms, more than 30,000 people had…
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A Very Sunny Summer

This has been an extraordinarily sunny summer, with so many cloudless, blue sky days.  Climatology rules call a day with 0 to 30 per cent clouds a sunny day.  A day with 40 to 70 per cent clouds is called partly cloudy.  A day with 80 per cent or more of potential sunshine obscured is…
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Well Hail

The hail storm that passed over the greater Fargo area around noon Saturday produced a lot of small hail less than an inch in diameter which did very little damage to property.  However, there were a few scattered pockets of hail larger than quarter-size and at least one area around the Fargodome of two-inch hail.…
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Dust Storm Vs Haboob

Last Sunday, the ABC television affiliate in Phoenix published a video of a dust storm, calling it by the Arabic word, “haboob.” Hundreds of people objected to the use of this term on the station’s Facebook page. Many of the objections were based the word’s Arabic origin.  Some even suggested that the TV station was…
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The Keeling Curve

Many Global Warming deniers base their skepticism regarding the human influence on climate on the fact that tremendous natural changes in climate over the history and prehistory of Earth have happened without any human influence at all.  Therefore, some conclude, the modern-day warming is just another temporary natural change. However, the initial science of Global…
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