Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

NASA: Using satellites to spot hail damage

NASA’s Earth Observatory blog has a really interesting picture of hail damage from satellites today from a storm that hit in South Dakota.  I think you will be amazed at the damage that is visible even from far above the ground. You can read about it and see images at https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=90592.
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What’s a green flash?

Those of you who like weather pictures and knowing about unusual weather phenomena probably already know what a “green flash” is, but for those who don’t, a green flash is an optical phenomenon that occurs at sunset when the setting sun may momentarily look green due to the refraction of…
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IMAGE: Thunderstorms cast long shadows over Florida

Jordan McLeod of the Southeast Regional Climate Center shared this spectacular photo from NWS Melbourne’s Facebook page showing GOES-16’s imagery of long shadows cast by thunderstorms off Florida’s east coast just after sunrise. Amazing! Here’s the text that went with it: Offshore showers and storms cast long shadows across the…
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“Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events from the Past”

KQED Science had an interesting article this week about how historical paintings from the past can shed light on the amount of pollutants (both natural pollutants like volcanic particulates and human-injected pollutants from industry and transportation) in the atmosphere and how they change the way the sky looks.  I’ve talked…
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