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Palindromes

By: Astrometeor, 4:44 PM GMT on October 18, 2013



Look at the comment #: 28382. Typed backwards: 28382. Amazing numbers.

The term is called a palindrome, meaning: a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction.

My all time favorite is Madam, I'm Adam. But there are others.
Here's the wiki link on them: Wiki!

And some other interesting websites on the word phenomenon:
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Thanks goes to TropicalAnalystwx13 for his handle reaching this benchmark.

Hope it was an interesting aside for readers, and as always, please comment!

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September 2013 Weather Data

By: Astrometeor, 3:44 AM GMT on October 16, 2013

From the NWS WFO in Nashville, TN:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
128 PM CDT TUE OCT 1 2013

...SEPTEMBER IN NASHVILLE WAS ABOVE NORMAL IN BOTH TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL...

THE TEMPERATURE IN NASHVILLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2013 AVERAGED 73.1 DEGREES WHICH IS 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH WAS 84.0 DEGREES AND THE AVERAGE LOW WAS 62.2 DEGREES. THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE MONTH WAS 94 DEGREES ON THE 9TH AND THE COOLEST WAS 51 DEGREES ON THE 22ND. FOR THE SECOND MONTH IN A ROW...NO TEMPERATURE RECORDS
WERE SET.

THE NASHVILLE AIRPORT MEASURED 4.52 INCHES OF RAIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2013...WHICH IS 1.11 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS WAS THE 3RD CONSECUTIVE SEPTEMBER WITH ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL. THE GREATEST RAINFALL DURING A 24 HOUR PERIOD WAS 1.62 INCHES ON THE 20TH AND 21ST.

THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON 3 DAYS.

THE AVERAGE WIND SPEED DURING THE MONTH WAS 4.6 MILES AN HOUR. THE FASTEST GUST WAS 38 MILES AN HOUR ON THE 10TH.

FOG OCCURRED ON 21 DAYS WITH DENSE FOG ON 2 DAYS.

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Punctuation

By: Astrometeor, 9:44 PM GMT on October 12, 2013

I wish there was a punctuation mark that expressed something between the formalities and neutral-ness of a period, and the excitement of an exclamation point. Would be useful for expressing thanks, such as:

Thanks for commenting! / Thanks for commenting.

The first statement comes across to me as too jovial, almost as one of those creepy costumed persons at an amusement park giving out hugs.

The second statement is too bland, not really a thank-you, more as a (pardon the reference) a Squidward-style bare minimum thanks to get pass the social requirement of being a good person.

Just thought of this when attempting to decide which punctuation mark to use in thanking a user for commenting on my previous blog.

Thanks for reading (./!)
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Rain: Shape and Relation to Allergies

By: Astrometeor, 3:44 PM GMT on October 07, 2013

So, there are some common misconceptions with rain and allergies along with the general shape of the awe-inspiring particulate. Let's start with the shape:

A water droplet is a perfect sphere. Not the tear-drop shape that has been permeating through textbooks and writings everywhere for all of history. The easiest way to demonstrate would be to look at a leaking faucet. Drip goes the drop, and oh look, it is perfectly round.



In relation to allergies, rain has always been seen as a hero to allergy-sufferers.



The common belief is that the rain washes the pollen and/or other allergens out of the air. However, that is not the case. What actually happens is that on rainy days, the rain arouses the pollen on the ground and actually gets the allergens airborne once again. The following dry period is spent on the pollen re-collecting back onto the ground again. Think of the action like punching dust or flour. What happens? Some of the particulates are splashed back up into the atmosphere, and then slowly settle back down. Same sort of thing happens with rainfall and pollen. Otherwise, after all the trees released their pollen, it would move around and settle quickly, unless you have a storm come through that provides some rain and wind to give the pollen some uplifting motions again.

Remembering this from TWC, one of the few times I have ever learned something interesting from them. Kudos to TWC for that!

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Age: 17, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Will attend MU in PA. Love football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.

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