You folks beating feet from CES 2007 are missing one of our infrequent forays into weather. Usually we just have climate
“NOAA OUTLOOK CALLS FOR MILD WINTER FOR MOST OF THE NATION”
From the horse’s mouth…
“The following flight pattern visualizations are the result of experiments leading to the project Celestial Mechanics by Scott Hessels and Gabriel Dunne.” (via DrLiz)
This is the “EVOLUTION BY ACCIDENT” website containing essays and articles by Larry Moran
International Federation of Rock Art Organisations Standard Scale – color calibration scale for recording rock art
Web site PDF Pad lets you download printable calendars, graph paper, charts, storyboards, sudoku, and more.
When I left for lunch, it was only 98°. It was the first time in several weeks I didn’t wince as I left the building.
via mark (wood s lot)
hold mail while you’re gone… via Parent Hacks
“end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs” (via Toad in the Hole)
lots of other tutorials here
free Photoshop tutorials
“I did a funny thing when I came home after seeing “An Inconvenient Truth.” I went around the house turning off the lights.” Go Roger, go. via Rafé
I am a couple of days behind the curve, but I saw this at Susan’s and wanted to pass this along
Getting more funding for NASA Space Science
Rep John Culbertson put out an urgent call for people to write letters to fellow congressional appropriators about ways to add funds back to the NASA science budget (the Science budget for FY 07 has been gutted).
- pull funds from areas that the OMB has declared “wasteful,” “obsolete” or “duplicative.”
- give NASA $1billion from a 6.8billion stash of Homeland Security Funds that haven’t been spent in 3 years (”In other words, make Homeland Security spend $1 billion of their unspent surplus before we give them another $1 billion, and use that $1 billion now where it is needed most for the nation’s security in the future – for scientific research and planetary exploration that NASA is now canceling.”)
The currnet high temperature prediction for Christmas Eve in Las Vegas is 70°F. Crazy.
Unlike the good folks in Santa Fe, we dodged last night’s temperature bullet — it only got down to an official 35°F. A long ways from *freaking cold*. Not that what passes for freezing weather in Las Vegas is that big of a deal, to our household at least.
I grew up on the Great Plains and Audrey was raised in Denver, so we’re familiar with Winter. It is interesting to see the serious winter coats, gloves, scarves and wool hats get rolled out by folks here when it gets below about 45°. I wonder what they do when they go skiing?
We are also fortunate in that a couple of years ago we went to a native Mojave landscape scheme that allowed us to turn off the outside irrigation. None of our neighbors are in that position. Plus, many (most?) landscapers use Sonoran community plants as ‘native’ here. There is a sizable difference between ‘native desert’ and ‘native Mojave.’ Plants like Saguaro, Ocotillo and Palo Verde are Sonoran and can die during a hard freeze. That happens about every 8 – 10 years, just long enough for it to slip from the collective consciousness.
You can wrap Sonoran plants and they will make it fine. It is just that most folks don’t do it when it does threaten a freeze, for whatever reason.
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Extremely rapid linkrot warning
Freeze Warning Las Vegas Valley (Nevada) URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV 355 AM PST SUN NOV 27 2005 NVZ020-271930- /O.NEW.KVEF.FZ.W.0001.051128T1000Z-051128T1600Z/ LAS VEGAS VALLEY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAS VEGAS...NORTH LAS VEGAS... HENDERSON...BOULDER CITY 354 AM PST SUN NOV 27 2005 ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST MONDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAS VEGAS HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST MONDAY. ON MONDAY MORNING AN UNSEASONABLY COLD AND DRY AIRMASS WILL BE IN PLACE ACROSS THE REGION. AS WINDS BECOME LIGHT TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO PLUMMET TO AROUND FREEZING WITH SOME OUTLYING AREAS SEEING TEMPERATURES FALLING INTO THE MID TO UPPER 20S. AREAS UNDER THE FREEZE WARNING WILL EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURES AT OR BELOW FREEZING FOR SEVERAL HOURS. A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS MAY HARM OR KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGITATION. TO PREVENT FREEZING AND POSSIBLE BURSTING OF OUTDOOR WATER PIPES...THEY SHOULD BE WRAPPED...DRAINED...OR ALLOWED TO DRIP SLOWLY.