Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Undulatus Asperatus

September 27, 2012

No, not the latest addition to the Hogwarts spell book. This is a new type of cloud that the Cloud Appreciation Society hopes will be formally recognised by the World Meteorological Society and added to the International Cloud Atlas, making it the first new class of cloud to be added since 1951.

There’s a fantastic picture of undulatus asperatus over Shiehallion, Perthshire, on this site:

http://www.channel4.com/news/undulatus-asperatus-crowd-sourcing-a-new-type-of-cloud

and you can learn more about the Cloud Appreciation Society here:

http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/

Wind map

May 9, 2012

This art project uses data from the US Digital National Forecast Database to produce a zoomable map showing an animated tracery of lines to depict wind direction and speed.

http://hint.fm/wind/

 

StormTracker

July 28, 2011

The Met Office has launched a tool that allows users to monitor tropical storms around the world. You can also view the tracks of thousands of historical storms from 1850 until the present. A simple registration form must be completed for access to the free version.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/premium/stormtracker/

Thanks to S for finding this.

Freezing bubbles

February 8, 2011

The summit of Mount Washington claims to have some of the worst weather in the world. As this video shows, bubbles freeze when you blow them in air that’s at a temperature of about -300C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddST_7n9peg&feature=player_embedded#at=147

You can learn more about the Mount Washington Observatory here http://www.mountwashington.org/

Old Weather

November 12, 2010

TOTD has covered Galaxy Zoo before. Here’s another site that allows you to contribute to science by choosing from a list of old Roayl Navy vessels and digitizing their weather observation logs.

http://www.oldweather.org/

Strange umbrellas

November 10, 2010

Portsmouth saw some tremendously heavy rain yesterday, rather too much of which was coming through the Library roof, so it seems appropriate to enjoy a few whacky umbrellas.

http://www.worldsstrangest.com/mental-floss/10-strange-and-wonderful-umbrellas/

Met Office Invent

June 23, 2010

It is surprising perhaps that, given our obsession with the subject, TOTD hasn’t featured a weather-related site before. Met Office Invent is a beta site that showcases some of their future plans for presenting web-based weather forecasts.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/pws/invent/

Snow and Ice… Sculptures

February 1, 2009

According to the chaps at the Met Office, we’re going to get some snow this weekend…

As with snow, so with ice – and if we get enough of the stuff, who knows? We could all get out our chisels and replicate some of the stunning ice sculptures below.

http://www.eskimo-ice.co.uk/ice_gallery.php?ice_id=1&page=Ice%20Sculptures

River Thames Frost Fairs

January 12, 2009

It’s been pretty cold and frosty lately, but its been positively balmy in comparison to the winters of 1550-1750A.D. This period was known as the Little Ice Age when Britain’s climate was more severe than it is now.

In London, the River Thames would freeze for months at a time and fairs were held on the ice. The last frost fair was held in 1814. It lasted four days during which an elephant was lead across the river below Black Friars Bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Thames_frost_fairs

and a fantastic image here:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/98/Frost_Fair_of_1683.JPG

The frost fair has recently been revived and although they can no longer be held on the river (as it’s not cold enough), they are held at Bankside and have been renamed the Bankside Winter Festival. Visit their offical site here:

http://www.visitsouthwark.com/events.php?section=bankside&id=396

Attack of the Cockroach

December 9, 2008

Admittedly this has been around for a while but it is still incredibly funny!

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TT4XO3Hjp7M

And whilst Americans might be happy to ‘share’ their feelings, here’s a man showing that the British can still mantain a stiff upper lip even in a crisis.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UaYnLbAKQrA