A storm is bringing blizzard-like conditions to the northern plains. The Weather Channel considers it worthy of a name and has chosen Xenia, the name of last week’s blockbuster nor’easter. The matter needs to be sorted out.
Archives for March 2014
What makes a hillside collapse? Rain saturating the ground changes the angle of repose. Is the killer Washington mudslide a harbinger of things to come?
Storms (cyclones) form in the middle latitudes in order to release potential energy by turning it into kinetic energy of wind.
Are the recent earthquakes in California normal, or should Los Angeles residents, and other members of the Golden State, take the quakes as a warning?
Dog circovirus – a virus found in many dogs who died last fall – is a newly-discovered illness similar to pig and bird circovirus. Is your pet in danger?
Tornadoes struck California on Wednesday. How rare is a tornado in the Golden State – and is unusual weather a hint of things to come, thanks to climate change?
Could excessive population growth be leading us to a reduction in quality of life? As there are more people, we’ll have less jobs and resources.
Earthquake aftershocks accounted for an increase in seismic activity this week. There were interesting – and differing – earthquakes near Fiji and in the Andaman Sea.
What’s the chemistry behind lemony smells and flavors? Citrus fruits offer both pronounced flavor and pungent aroma, thanks to a chemical called d-limonene.
The Weather Channel chose not to give Winter Storm Xenia an official name, but this storm set records in a number of areas; wind to cold and precipitation.