Cool Pictures

January 30th, 2014 at 9:10 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

mauna loa one   GLERL red sunrise Chicago south pole cam    Some cool pictures here.  Click the pictures to enlarge.  The first is at the top of Mauna Loa, a tall mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii (you’d think it was Michigan, except you can actually see a little blue sky).   The middle picture was the exceptionally red sunrise this morning in Chicago, looking west from 3 miles out in Lake Michigan from the GLERL camera at the Harrison Crib Water Intake.  The picture on the right is the South Pole today, where they have 24/7 daylight in their summer and where the temperature hardly ever gets above zero F even on the warmer summer days!  Pics. on the left and right form ERSL/NOAA.

13 Responses to “Cool Pictures”

  1. Zach says:

    Very nice pics bill…

    some cool video today from a MN traffic camera that caught a pileup

  2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Hey Bill that picture on the right is from some south pole station that I would monitor every day last winter! I lost the link of the camera once spring arrived because I got sick of the snow…. good memories :)

  3. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    Temperature has spiked to 31 degrees here in the last few hours. It was nice to shovel the snow in conditions that were legitimately comfortable!

  4. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    What is the dgz exactly? I understand that it is the growth zone for snowflakes, but how does it work exactly?

    1. Cort S. says:

      The temperature of air within the cloud will determine what structure of ice crystal will grow. The DGZ is the dendritic growth zone, which is about -15 Celsius plus and minus a few degrees. That’s the sweet spot for dendrite snow crystals, which are the pointy, six-sided snow flakes that we all love. Those are the ones that rapidly accumulate and have high snow-to-liquid ratios.

      Here is a chart showing the different snow crystal habits based on temperature and supersaturation:

  5. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Still a ways out but the 00Z GFS is hinting at quite the snowstorm around the 9th of February

    1. Jack says:

      Finally Catching Up,, With The LONG RANGE Prediction of The OLE JEM Model ! Aye…..Stay Cued !!

  6. Ryan (Rockford) says:

    Both the 00z NAM and 00z GFS put Grand Rapids in or very near to the “bullseye” of the Saturday system. Still 24 plus hours out, but it’s looking good for a pretty substantial snow event.

  7. Cort S. says:

    Today’s xkcd web comic is for us:

    1. Jack says:

      Um, Sure,What…That’s ME !! Nice Find Cort !! ;-) . Stay Cued ! ;-)

    1. Cort S. says:

      And in the summer, political cartoons look like this:

      Look, can we all at least learn the difference between local weather and global climate? Fundamentals, media… fundamentals…

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