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The Blob!

The Blob is still out there!  The Blob is a wonderfully campy 1958 movie starring a young Steve McQueen about a bag of jelly that eats people.  For the past two years, climatologists have given this name in jest to a large region of warmer than average ocean water along and off the coast of…
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Equi-Nots

At exactly at 9:21 this morning, nothing of any significant value is likely to happen regarding the seasons. We call this moment the Autumnal Equinox. Technically, the equinox is a geometrical alignment between Earth and the Sun in which the Sun is centered on an imaginary line drawn directly through Earth’s center and equator. This…
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What’s So Super About The Moon?

The moon is full tonight.  If the sky is clear, moon-gazers can enjoy the Harvest moon in its full glory beginning at sundown.  Some call this particular full moon a “supermoon,” but I have never liked this term. Richard Nolle is credited with coining the term in 1979.  Nolle, however, is not an astronomer, but…
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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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