Written by Kathryn Hansen
Washington, D.C. – At night, as cold settles in, lake ice creaks and groans. It’s been excessively cold, and I camped exposed on the snow-swept surface. Other than the lack of vegetation and the sounds at night, you’d never know you were on a lake.
It feels like an empty plain. In some places, you see pressure ridges where ice has pushed into itself, sticking up like clear blue stegosaurus plates. — Craig Childs
Author Craig Childs is not describing an Arctic lake. He’s describing the bitterly cold and frozen scene on Lake Superior, during his February 2014 trek on the ice near the coast of Ashland, Wisconsin.
NASA uses satellites, aircraft, and high-altitude balloons to investigate California’s extreme drought
Written by Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – California is supposed to be the Golden State. Make that golden brown.
The entire west coast of the United States is changing color as the deepest drought in more than a century unfolds. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NOAA, dry conditions have become extreme across more than 62% of California’s land area—and there is little relief in sight.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Greenbelt, MD – NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures.
With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record.
NASA Scientists use Global Hawk aircraft to track atmosphere changes that affect the climate of Earth
Written by Rachel Hoover
Moffett Field, CA – NASA’s uncrewed Global Hawk research aircraft is in the western Pacific region on a mission to track changes in the upper atmosphere and help researchers understand how these changes affect Earth’s climate.
Deployed from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA, the Global Hawk landed at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam Thursday at approximately 5:00pm EST and will begin science flights Tuesday, January 21st. Its mission, the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), is a multi-year NASA airborne science campaign.
Frigid Temperatures with some snow accumulation forecast for Clarksville-Montgomery County on Sunday
Clarksville, TN – According to the National Weather Service, an arctic blast with accumulating snow will strike Middle Tennessee Sunday and Sunday night
The leading edge of frigid arctic air will push into Northwest Middle Tennessee around noon Sunday, crossing the I-65 corridor around 3:00pm, and the Cumberland Plateau around 6:00pm.
Clarksville, TN – A light dusting of snow fell over the Clarksville-Montgomery County area last night. Along with the rain/freezing rain earlier in the night, it will combine to make some slick areas on the road this morning. Ice has formed in shaded road areas as well as bridges and overpasses. Along some roads, snow and ice have formed near the edges.
Motorists that have to get out this morning are urged to take it slow. Beware of black ice on the roads. Ice is clear and is not easily seen.
Nashville, TN – Conditions are coming together for a winter storm to impact much of the region Friday and Friday Night. A strong cold front will bring ample rainfall. As cold air moves in behind the front on Friday, rain will change to a freezing rain and sleet mix across Northwest Middle Tennessee. Counties affected include Benton; Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart Counties.
As surface temperatures fall to freezing…Some sleet and ice accumulations will be likely by Friday evening over Northwest Middle Tennessee.
Montgomery County, TN – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the Clarksville-Montgomery County area until 9:00pm.
This Tornado Watch is also for Benton County, Cheatham County, Davidson County, Dickson County, Houston County, Humphreys County, Macon County, Robertson County, Steward County and Sumner County. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Dr. Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – Ten years ago, in late October 2003, space weather forecasters experienced a frission of dread when two gigantic sunspots appeared. Both had complex magnetic fields that harbored energy for strong explosions. If the spots turned toward Earth and erupted….
That’s exactly what happened. From October 19th through November 7th 2003, there were 17 major eruptions on the sun, including a record-setting X28 flare.
National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather and Wind Advisory for Clarksville-Montgomery County
Nashville, TN – A strong cold front will move across Middle Tennessee late this afternoon and evening, bringing with it widespread activity and the possibility of severe storms.
Given the highly-sheared, weakly-unstable environment expected ahead of the front, the primary threats are severe straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.
Moisture will also be abundant, so heavy rainfall will occur in several locations, and localized flooding is therefore possible. «Read the rest of this article»
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