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Fat, Fur, And Feathers

Posted: Sunday, January 8th, 2017 @ 11:49 am in Critters, Plants, Weather | 1 Comment »

When the weather turns so frightfully cold that we don parkas and boots before venturing outside, how do plants and animals survive? They can’t add layers of clothing. They can’t toast their tootsies before a fire. They’ve never even heard of hot chocolate. Scientists focus on two coldweather survival strategies that are used by living organisms, […]

A Closer Look at Snow

Posted: Saturday, December 24th, 2016 @ 11:26 am in Sky, Weather | 1 Comment »

Love it or hate it, when snow season appears much of the country is covered with a blanket of white. In the northern hemisphere about half of the land area sees some snowfall each year, and every state has experienced at least an occasional dusting of the white powder. It may be hard to appreciate, […]

Those 0l’ Devil Winds

Posted: Friday, April 1st, 2016 @ 5:42 pm in Weather | 1 Comment »

Prodigious pillars of sand … stalking with majestic slowness … their tops reaching to the very clouds.” So wrote Swiss adventurer John Burchardt when describing the swirling phenomena that he saw while exploring the deserts of northern Africa. The Native Americans of the Southwest called this sort of manifestation a “devil wind” when it occurred […]

Whatever the Weather

Posted: Thursday, January 7th, 2016 @ 4:18 pm in Weather | Comments Off on Whatever the Weather

Whether you travel occasionally or live in a recreational vehicle full time, the weather is your constant companion, dictating many of your activities. I suppose you could say that non-travelers have a slight advantage, since the weatherman is probably talking about their specific location, and if he is wrong, most of their activities take place […]

Seeing the Wind

Posted: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 @ 1:55 pm in Weather | Comments Off on Seeing the Wind

You can’t actually see the wind. It’s as invisible as sound waves or thermal energy. Yet wind manifests itself in tangible, sometimes startling ways. The other day as we walked out on the desert we heard the sound of water swirling down a manhole. Well, that’s what it sounded like. We noticed pebbles tumbling almost […]

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