Retired software engineer. "What is that?", you may ask. It's someone who has time to blog about the weather...
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
By: Bogon, 4:09 AM GMT on May 04, 2014
Since February this blog featured a polar projection of snow cover in the northern hemisphere. In my part of the world that view is no longer germane. Except on high mountains all the snow and ice are confined north of the forty-fifth parallel. In the eastern hemisphere frozen stuff has retreated north of sixty degrees. Only in Canada around Hudson Bay does snow linger south of that latitude. Folks in Labrador are still waiting for spring. It may be a long wai...
Updated: 7:18 PM GMT on June 24, 2014