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Capital Weather Gang Archive: Science

The "SuperMoon" and the Japan earthquake

On March 19, the moon's orbit will make its closest approach to Earth in 18 years while at the same time be in full phase. Such a coincidence has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. As entertainingly chronicled by John Metcalfe over at TBD, Nolle predicts all kinds of weather and natural hazard mayhem, including strong earthquakes, in conjunction with the Supermoon. So the questions that emerge are: 1) Is there any legitimate science linking the Supermoon and extreme natural hazards? and, 2) Did the upcoming Supermoon play a role in this morning's horrific earthquake in Japan?

By Jason Samenow  | March 11, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Environment, Latest, Science  
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Image of day: Space station & Discovery overhead

Look quick! According to Frank Roylance at the Baltimore Sun, both the International Space Station and shuttle Discovery - pictured above - will be simultaneously visible this evening between 7:23 and 7:26 p.m.

By Jason Samenow  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Should global warming send us to the bunker?

Last Sunday, the Washington Post ran a provocative essay on the front page of the "Outlook" section by climate activist Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In it, Tidwell reveals the lengths to which he is going to prepare himself and his family for what he sees as the now inevitable consequences of climate change. For example, he is stockpiling food, testing guns, and invested in an emergency generator - all in an effort to stave off social unrest that he sees coming down the pike due to climate change-related extreme weather events. The essay is surprising - and completely wrong - in two main respects.

By Andrew Freedman  | March 7, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Climate Change, Freedman, Latest, Science  
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Solar Flare 2011: Aurora alert

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (part of NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), has issued an alert for an increase in solar activity to moderate levels with a chance for an isolated major solar flare over the next few days. The consequent solar wind, consisting of charged atomic particles, is expected to intersect the upper atmosphere over Polar Regions February 17-19, leading to the possibility of brilliant auroras. Whether or not we will be able to see an aurora locally in the northern sky depends upon several factors.

By Steve Tracton  | February 17, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Amazing U.S. snow cover retreat in six days

In a blink of an eye, snow cover extent has diminished from nearly two thirds of the lower 48 states to just not even one third.

By Jason Samenow  | February 15, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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40 below zero: One coincidence & two oddities

We've just experienced (endured) one of our coldest nights of the season in the mid-Atlantic, but prospects are increasing for a very mild period ahead. As a result, this may be one of my last opportunities this winter to say "How low did it go?" after a very cold night (for the record: Reagan National 22, BWI 13, Dulles 11). According to Infoplease, 27 states, including Maryland (but not Virginia and obviously not D.C.), have seen low temperatures of forty degrees below zero or lower.

By Don Lipman  | February 11, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Older Entries in This Category »

Don't blame the Arctic oscillation, Greg Postel , February 10, 2011
The winter the Arctic shifted south, Andrew Freedman , February 7, 2011
What made Wednesday's storm special?, Wes Junker , January 28, 2011
At weather expo, top snow expert shares views, Andrew Freedman , January 25, 2011
NOAA-NWS begins Winter Weather Experiment, Steve Tracton , January 20, 2011
Weather forecast delivered by toothpaste?, Jason Samenow , January 13, 2011
Why was there ice before snow Tues. night?, Wes Junker , January 12, 2011
Record warmth in 2010, despite cooling influences, Andrew Freedman , January 4, 2011
Is Siberian snow, eastern U.S. cold link legit?, Matt Rogers , December 29, 2010
The No-mageddon D.C. snow hole from space, Jason Samenow , December 29, 2010
New research points to cold January-March, Jason Samenow , December 28, 2010
Arctic dust storms: really?, Steve Tracton , November 24, 2010
A year after climategate, applying lessons learned, Andrew Freedman , November 22, 2010
WSJ editorial board spins climate science, again, Andrew Freedman , November 15, 2010
The mystery of the von Karman vortex street, Brian Jackson , November 9, 2010
Scientists launch climate science counterattacks, Andrew Freedman , November 8, 2010
Southeast rainfall more variable as climate warms, Andrew Freedman , November 1, 2010
Engage in weather & climate at DC WeatherFest, Jason Samenow , October 21, 2010
Katrina: A lesson in risk mismanagement, Andrew Freedman , August 30, 2010
Greenland's new ice island slides toward the sea, Andrew Freedman , August 23, 2010
Relentless heat wave roasts Russia, Andrew Freedman , August 9, 2010
Hot weather records falling left and right, Andrew Freedman , August 3, 2010
In focus: The heat & humidity double whammy, Jason Samenow , July 21, 2010
NASA eyeballs glacial melt in Greenland, Andrew Freedman , July 12, 2010
Thinking cool thoughts during the heat wave, Andrew Freedman , July 6, 2010
Arctic sea ice melting unusually fast, Andrew Freedman , June 22, 2010
String of floods raise climate change questions, Andrew Freedman , June 15, 2010
Hurricane chimp's cheap shot at climate science, Andrew Freedman , May 24, 2010
2010 on track for warmest year on record, Andrew Freedman , May 18, 2010
Tornado Alley: What's that???, Steve Tracton , April 26, 2010
Iceland volcano unlikely to cause global cooling, Andrew Freedman , April 19, 2010
Geoengineering 'fixes' help us view climate change, Andrew Freedman , March 29, 2010
D.C.'s winter was cold, but the globe stayed toasty, Andrew Freedman , March 15, 2010
How to calm the climate science confidence crisis, Andrew Freedman , March 9, 2010
The varying predictability of snowstorms, Steve Tracton , March 2, 2010
Meteorological bomb explodes over New England, Andrew Freedman , March 1, 2010
Hurricane study unites formerly divided experts, Andrew Freedman , February 23, 2010
Expert: Blizzards "consistent with" climate change, Andrew Freedman , February 14, 2010
Farewell to Mt. Washington's wind record, Andrew Freedman , January 28, 2010
El Niño-linked weather arrives with a vengeance, Andrew Freedman , January 26, 2010
John Coleman's climate change conspiracy theory, Andrew Freedman , January 20, 2010
Cold weather in a hot climate, Andrew Freedman , January 7, 2010
Winter: The season of static cling, Ann Posegate , January 4, 2010
2009 saw erosion of clarity on climate, Andrew Freedman , December 29, 2009
Expert: E-mails show perils of 'activist' science, Andrew Freedman , December 4, 2009
Scientist: Consensus withstands climate e-mail flap, Andrew Freedman , December 1, 2009
Climate scientist criticizes skeptics, press, Andrew Freedman , November 24, 2009
Science historian reacts to hacked climate e-mails, Andrew Freedman , November 23, 2009
Record highs vs. lows reveal shifting climate, Andrew Freedman , November 18, 2009
Remarkable fall storm showed links to El Niño, Andrew Freedman , November 3, 2009
Global warming poll finds puzzling trend, Andrew Freedman , October 26, 2009
For climate activists, '350' is a call to action, Andrew Freedman , October 21, 2009
Earthquake weather: Is there such a thing?, Steve Tracton , October 20, 2009
Another Slapshot in Climate 'Hockey Stick' Faceoff, Andrew Freedman , October 5, 2009
Wear a Condom... Save the Planet?, Andrew Freedman , September 29, 2009
New Tool for Hurricane Forecasting: WISDOM , Steve Tracton , September 11, 2009
A Skeptical Take on Global Warming, Matt Rogers , September 10, 2009
10 Things Weather Gang Forecasters Will Tell You, Capital Weather Gang , September 8, 2009
Celebrate Weather & Climate With Year of Science, Ann Posegate , August 26, 2009
Climate Study Projects Hotter Augusts for D.C., Andrew Freedman , August 24, 2009
Studies Rekindle Hurricane-Climate Change Debate, Andrew Freedman , August 18, 2009
A Tweetup at NASA With the Hubble Repair Crew, Ian Livingston , July 24, 2009
El Nino & Hurricanes: Devil May Be in Details, Andrew Freedman , July 8, 2009
Lack of Twisters Aside, VORTEX2 Gets Useful Data, Andrew Freedman , June 29, 2009
VORTEX2 Turns Heads in Tornado Alley, Andrew Freedman , June 15, 2009
Climate Change Kills 300,000 People, Plausible?, Andrew Freedman , June 1, 2009
Renaming Climate Change - Does it Matter?, Andrew Freedman , May 18, 2009
Social Science Uncovering New Climate Angles, Andrew Freedman , April 20, 2009
Climate Extreme Reporting Presents Challenges, Andrew Freedman , April 13, 2009
Will Misleads Readers on Climate Science - Again, Andrew Freedman , April 7, 2009
Movie Trailer: Owning The Weather (and Climate), Capital Weather Gang , March 25, 2009
Heartland Institute Criticizes CWG's Climate Post, Andrew Freedman , March 16, 2009
Citizen Science & Global Change: What You Can Do, Ann Posegate , February 25, 2009
MIT Group Increases Global Warming Projections, Andrew Freedman , February 23, 2009
In Darwin's Shadow: The Inventor of Forecasting, Steve Tracton , February 12, 2009
Science Group Erred Giving Hansen Top Honor, Andrew Freedman , January 29, 2009
2008 Was Warm, But Coolest Since 2001, Andrew Freedman , January 21, 2009
The Science and Wonder of Snowflakes, Ann Posegate , December 10, 2008
Politico Falls Into Climate Coverage Trap, Andrew Freedman , December 2, 2008
Rogue Waves: They're Real, & They're Spectacular, Steve Tracton , November 21, 2008
Freedman: Dirty Skies -- the ABCs of "ABCs", Andrew Freedman , November 17, 2008
Freedman: Warming up to Adaptation, Andrew Freedman , November 10, 2008
Freedman: Candidates May Shift Climate Research, Andrew Freedman , October 13, 2008
Glorious Day for a Glory, Dan Stillman , October 3, 2008
Irked by DC's Lack of Snow? Mars Not Much Better, Dan Stillman , October 1, 2008
Stormy Science: Hurricanes and Climate Change, Andrew Freedman , September 16, 2008
Free Radicals! (and Lung Cancer), Capital Weather Gang , August 27, 2008
Freedman: Arctic Sea Ice Watch 2008 Update, Andrew Freedman , July 14, 2008
Bulletin: Major Storm Threatens Planet, Steve Tracton , May 29, 2008
In Defense of Meteorologists: Part 2, Steve Tracton , May 8, 2008
Bad Forecast? Blame the Butterflies, Capital Weather Gang , April 23, 2008
Freedman: The Price of Al Gore's Climate Battle, Andrew Freedman , April 7, 2008
If the Missile Misses, Dan Stillman , February 20, 2008
Bucket O' Bookmarks: BudBurst, Steve Scolnik , February 15, 2008
Freedman: Ground Truth, Andrew Freedman , January 20, 2008
The Cause of Big Flakes, Jason Samenow , January 18, 2008
Sunspot Sparks Space Weather, Dan Stillman , January 8, 2008
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