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The weather on Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! I hope you had a great day, whatever you did. You might be interested in what the weather was like on the original Independence Day, July 4, 1776. Alicia Wasula of Shade Tree Meteorology noted in her blog this week: While we don’t have nearly as much…
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Today in Science: The Tunguska Explosion of 1908

On today’s date 113 years ago, the largest asteroid impact in recorded history struck on a warm summer morning in Siberia, Russia. We observe Asteroid Day each year on June 30, on the anniversary of what’s now known as the Tunguska explosion. This explosion flattened roughly 80 million trees over an area of 830 square…
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10 Costliest Heat Waves in the U.S.

The extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest is setting all kinds of records for high temperatures, including some all-time highs for individual cities and potentially even for the entire country of Canada. It has also caused huge infrastructure problems with buckling highways and other effects of the high heat. I…
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Remembering Mount Pinatubo

On June 15, 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines. It was the 2nd largest eruption of the 20th century and the most recent eruption big enough to affect the global climate. To remember that eruption, NASA provided a very interesting interview with John Murray, their disasters program associate director….
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The weather on D-Day

If you are reading the digest version of this blog, you will probably see it on Sunday, June 6. That date is the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion at Normandy Beach. I had the privilege of visiting there in 1980 and camped near the beach as part of a tour…
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