Retired software engineer. "What is that?", you may ask. It's someone who has time to blog about the weather...
By: Bogon, 6:44 PM GMT on April 15, 2015
Here is a list of homophones. These are words that sound similar but are spelled differently. People screw these up all the time. Homophones are particularly problematic for dyslexics and people learning English as a second language.
From a purely practical standpoint I suppose that it's no big deal, really, as long as the idea gets across. Communication is the goal. Unfortunately some people (like me) can spot such errors instantly and without cons...
Updated: 10:51 PM GMT on May 29, 2015
By: Bogon, 11:28 PM GMT on February 09, 2015
I can't remember how it all started. Earlier this week I was noodling around a technology web site, Gizmag... Ah! It's traceable to comment #155 on my last entry. But that wasn't the start. I'm thinking Google probably led me to an article about NASA's Dawn mission. From there I followed links to Cubesats and other topics of interest. For instance, there are stories about the ingenuity being poured into alternative engine designs. Why don't I have one of thes...
Updated: 5:02 PM GMT on February 10, 2015
By: Bogon, 4:09 AM GMT on November 15, 2014
In a comment to my previous blog entry I complained that it's hard to keep a weather eye on the "polar vortex". Our main weather satellites, the ones that generate the cool graphics and data that we rely on day to day, circle the equator. They hang suspended in distant geosynchronous orbits. From their lofty perch they can constantly monitor events within their field of view, but locations near the poles — the arctic and antarctic — appear at the edge...
Updated: 7:16 PM GMT on December 17, 2014
By: Bogon, 9:59 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
National Hurricane Center
NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server
Northern Hemisphere Rainbow Composite
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cooperative Institute for Meteororological Satellite Studies
Morphed Integrated Microwave Imagery at CIMSS (MIMIC)
Total Precipitable Water - North Atlantic, Last 72 Hours
Regional Real-Time Products
Saharan Air Layer Analysis
NOAA Atlantic Oc...
Updated: 12:22 AM GMT on November 14, 2014
By: Bogon, 9:48 PM GMT on June 30, 2014
Once in a while I like to pick a word, one that I think I know perfectly well, and look it up in the dictionary. Sometimes I discover that it doesn't mean exactly what I thought it did. Sometimes the history of the word (its etymology) is at variance with its current meaning. Today I looked up 'summer'.
Guess what? It means summer, the season between spring and fall. Apparently it has meant that for a long time. It is a very old word. Etymologists ...
Updated: 7:19 PM GMT on July 03, 2014