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Lunar Eclipse This Sunday Night

This Sunday night we'll be treated to a lunar eclipse. That's when the earth casts its shadow on the moon. The eclipse will start at 10:34 pm. It will be full from 11:42 pm to 12:43 am. It will end…

IBM to Deliver World's Highest-Resolution Weather Model

Weather Underground's Jeff Masters wrote this about the new model. IBM announced today that they will be introducing the world’s highest-resolution global weather forecasting model later in 2019--the IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF). The model will be the…

2018 Ocean Temperatures - Warmest on Record

Scientists say that the temperature of the oceans were the warmest on record in 2018. That's in keeping with a upward trend that has been going on for decades. The blue line on the graph below shows the temperature of…

Ocean Circulation Slowing Down

Scientists say that the Atlantic Ocean's circulation is slowing down, they estimate by around 15% in the last 70 years. That circulation (called the Thermahaline) transports heat (and cold) around the globe over hundreds of years. A key part of…

167 Images Show a Warming Earth

Check out this group of images put together by Ed Hawkins, a Climate Scientist from the University of Reading. They show temperatures on earth from 1850 to 2016, using the best data available. Red is warmer than average. Blue is…

Happy Perihelion!

The earth is closer to the sun today than any day in the year. This happens every January and it's because the earth's orbit around the sun is an ellipse - not a circle. The earth reaches it's farthest point…

Tilts and Spins of The Planets

This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. Have you ever wondered about the spin and tilts of each of the planets in our solar system? Well Dr. James O'Donoghue from NASA put this together. A…

First Day of Winter

Today is the first day of winter - the winter solstice. That's when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, which is 23.5 degrees south of the equator. This is the southern most line that the sun shines…

Rare Tornado in Washington State Today

A tornado touched down today near Seattle in Port Orchard. It was located about 15 miles southwest of Seattle and is home to some 13,000 people. Initial estimates are that it was at least an EF2. If that is confirmed,…

The Odds of a White Christmas

With Christmas just 11 days away, you might be wondering what the odds are that it'll be white here in Columbia. We know the odds are low, but just how low? In any given year, there is about a 1%…

2018 Has Been a Bit Wetter Than Average

If we get no more rain this December, we'd still come in above average for the year. See the white line on the chart below. It shows the cumulative rainfall for 2018. The blue line is the long-term average. Here…

Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Melting

Greenland's ice is melting and fast. So why is that a big deal? The ice is over a mile thick in spots and contains enough water to raise sea level 23 feet. Take a minute and think about that. If…

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