From NOAA Visualizations on YouTube: The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on Nov. 30 and produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which seven became hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. This level of activity matched NOAA’s predictions and continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995. From Arlene to . . . → Read More: The 2011 Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes
I just can’t wait until the BBC series Frozen Planet airs here in the states. Take this clip for example, which the BBC released today. It shows a “brinicle”, which is a sort of underwater icicle that forms under sea ice in winter. As the surface ice freezes, it preferentially takes up fresh water, leaving . . . → Read More: The icy colder finger of death
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is holding its annual conference in Atlanta this week (Twitter #AZA2011) and at tonights iceabreaker event at Georgia Aquarium, we’re going to try a live cross to the Aquarius ReefBase habitat off the Florida Keys. ReefBase, which is a NURC and UNCW initiative, is the only underwater lab in . . . → Read More: ReefBase broadcast tonight!
As you know by now, Hurricane Irene was pretty intense storm and it was HUGE! just check out the satellite image from NASA/Goddard. It was at least 1/3 the size of the whole US and affected areas on the coast of Florida through Maine, in addition to its prelude in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene
Guess I will be expecting a full house of fleeing coastal members of DSN and Southern Fried Science! NOAA-Hurricane IRENE.
In case you haven’t heard a 5.9 earthquake hit Virginia just outside of Richmond. I felt it in Durham, NC and Kevin felt it out on the coast. Reports from Twitter indicate it was also felt up in Boston. If you felt it, you can log into the USGS website and report your local conditions. . . . → Read More: Virginia Earthquake
via Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’ – latimes.com. Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength and ferocity and is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane, authorities said. Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’
A water spout was recorded this morning just down the road from us in Wilmington, NC. In fact, we had just moved from Carolina Beach to Beaufort less than 2 weeks ago! Luckily, it wasn’t a very damaging spout but that spot was only a 10 minute drive from our old house! Anyways, pretty cool . . . → Read More: Carolina Beach Water Spout Today!
Beth is an U.S. postdoc scientist at the Center for Geomicrobiology in Denmark studying tiny microbes that live at the bottom of the ocean and their role in global processes. You can check out her website to learn more about her work. Greetings, lovers of the ocean depths! I sheepishly pop my head back in . . . → Read More: Scientist in Residence: Beth Orcutt – “There is More to the Marine Subsurface than Sediments”
You know that oxygen-less zone that chokes life and forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico at the base of the Mississippi? Currently its about 3,300 square miles, or roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Over the last 50 years, humans tripled the nitrogen levels in Gulf. Nitrogen is often . . . → Read More: 2011 Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could be biggest ever