Deep freeze in the South continues

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:17 PM GMT on January 11, 2010

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The Deep South shivered through a ridiculously frigid weekend, with low temperature records crumbling over much of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. This morning, record lows for the date fell in Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Fort Myers, Lakeland, Tallahassee, and St. Petersburg. The most extreme low temperature record this morning was set in Key West, where the mercury fell to 42°F at 5am--the second coldest temperature ever observed in Key West. This is just 1° warmer than the all-time coldest temperature observed in Key West--41° in January of 1981 and 1873. Widespread reports of sleet and snow flurries accompanied the cold blast across Central Florida on Saturday, the eighth snow event in Florida since 2000, according to Wikipedia. It remains to be seen how much damage the $9.3 billion Florida citrus industry will see because of the cold blast, which is the most severe in Florida since the December 1989 cold wave that devastated the citrus industry. Temperatures below the 28° that causes fruit damage affected some citrus-growing areas again this morning, for the third consecutive morning.


Figure 1. Ice encases citrus in Altoona, Florida. Image taken Sunday, January 10, 2010 by wunderphotographer CAVU.

Intense and long-lasting cold
In Texas, two airports tied all-time January low temperature records on Saturday morning--Hondo, who's 12°F tied the record set January 11, 1982, and Cotulla La Salle, which hit 16°F, tying the record set January 13, 1975. Most of Texas' airports set daily low temperature records on Saturday morning. Saturday's low in Waco of 8°F broke the previous record of 15° for the date, and was the first time Waco has been in the single digits since the -4°F reading on December 23, 1989. Not only has the South's cold been intense, it has been exceptionally long-lasting. Montgomery, Alabama has had a low temperature below 25° nine consecutive days, breaking the old mark of seven straight days set in January 2001. With the cold snap only grudgingly scheduled to release its grip on the South, Montgomery can expect to run their streak of sub-25° lows to at least eleven straight days this week. Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida now have their second longest streak of days with a minimum temperature below freezing, at nine and eight days, respectively. Pensacola may equal or top their record of eleven straight days (set in January 1940) later this week, but Mobile is unlikely to break their record of fifteen straight days (set in February 1940). Also of note is that Key West has seen five consecutive days with low temperatures below 50 degrees (January 7th - 11th). This is the second longest such streak recorded in Key West, one day short of the record six-day streak on December 1 - 6, 1876. Key West has a decent chance of tying that record on Tuesday morning, when the low should fall to 50 or below.

A nicer beach weekend in Antarctica than Central Florida
Saturday's high and low temperatures in Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida were 40° and 30°F. Tampa's high and low were 42°F and 29°F. Under sunny skies and light winds less than 10 mph, Saturday's high and low temperature at San Martin Base, Antarctica were 44° and 34°F. Gray, cloudy skies with winds gusting to 16 - 21 mph greeted beach goers at the beaches near Daytona Beach and Tampa, so it was a much nicer day at the beach in the Antarctic Peninsula than in Central Florida on Saturday (the Florida Chamber of Commerce loves stats like that!) Nice beach weather in Antarctica continued through Sunday, with sunny San Martin, Antarctica (high 41°, low 35°) recording an average temperature warmer than most stations in Central Florida. In all fairness, it is summer in Antarctica, and the ocean temperatures in Florida were a bit warmer than in Antarctica.

A major pattern shift coming
As I noted in my previous post, a sharp kink in the jet stream and a strong negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation is responsible for this winter's cold blast over eastern North America and Europe. The ridge of high pressure that has been blocking the west-to-east motion of weather systems over the past ten days is weakening, though, and a major shift in the winter weather pattern is in store for the Northern Hemisphere by late this week. A more typical El Niño pattern will set up, with the jet stream diving southward over California, bringing a strong flow of moist, Pacific air to the West Coast. A strong low pressure system will also bring heavy rain to the Gulf Coast on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will slowly moderate across Europe and the Midwest and Eastern U.S. this week as the pattern gradually shifts, and more ordinary winter weather can be expected in these regions by next weekend.


Figure 2. Departure of the surface temperature from average for the first eight days of 2010 shows much colder than average conditions were present over the Midwest and Southern U.S., much of Europe, and Central Asia. Much warmer than average temperatures were present over the Northwest U.S., Greenland, the Arctic, and Southern Asia. A sharp kink in the jet stream was responsible for the temperature anomaly pattern. Image credit: NOAA/ESRL.

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One hasnt experienced the Cassinni Mission until one takes a gander at the Hyguens Probe Images that Landed on the Saturn Moon Titan in Jan 2005.


We had a whole discuusion in Lowercals Blog,
Casual Astronomy last months on the Sun Glint Imagery,..so your trump was old news..

Sowwy...huh,huh..huuuuuh.


This movie, built with data collected during the European Space Agency's Huygens probe on Jan. 14, 2005, shows the operation of the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera during its descent and after touchdown. The camera was funded by NASA.

The almost four-hour-long operation of the camera is shown in less than five minutes. That's 40 times the actual speed up to landing and 100 times the actual speed thereafter.

The first part of the movie shows how Titan looked to the camera as it acquired more and more images during the probe's descent. Each image has a small field of view, and dozens of images were made into mosaics of the whole scene.




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I've seen winters in SE TX where the coldest temps of the season were in February, so we are just now into winter. More cold to come for sure, how cold thought is anybody's guess. More freezes for sure.
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LOL
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Quoting EstherD:


I'll see that and raise you one...


This image shows the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/DLR

Sunlight Glint Confirms Liquid in Titan Lake Zone 12.17.09

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Cassini Spacecraft has captured the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan, confirming the presence of liquid on the part of the moon dotted with many large, lake-shaped basins.

Cassini scientists had been looking for the glint, also known as a specular reflection, since the spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004. But Titan's northern hemisphere, which has more lakes than the southern hemisphere, has been veiled in winter darkness. The sun only began to directly illuminate the northern lakes recently as it approached the equinox of August 2009, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. Titan's hazy atmosphere also blocked out reflections of sunlight in most wavelengths. This serendipitous image was captured on July 8, 2009, using Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer.


Nicely done...
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Has anyone tried to find out at what height does boiling hot water freeze when the air temp is at 32F(0C)???


Height implies pressure. Boiling implies the saturation curve on a phase diagram. Freeze implies the melting curve on a phase diagram. For water, steam, and ice 1h, the 2 curves meet only at the triple point of 0.006 atm and 0.001 C, regardless air temp.
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Quoting Floodman:


I'd love to see snow for my birthday...2-3

I would typically see it about every third birthday in MO, but down here I sort of gave myself over the idea that I woudln't anymore...


A major severe weather could occur from East TX NE to MO in about 2 weeks. Well see how this deep trough out west sets up and then we will now for sure if you will see snow or severe weather.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Will never freeze, because the 32 inside and out will warm therefore always staying a liquid


Not if I understood the conditions...it's 32F inside and out, consistently
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Quoting Bordonaro:


They're may be more cold air coming back into the scene about the end of Jan, beginning of February. I wouldn't sound the "Spring has Sprung" banner, not quite yet :0)!


I'd love to see snow for my birthday...2-3

I would typically see it about every third birthday in MO, but down here I sort of gave myself over the idea that I woudln't anymore...
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Quoting Floodman:


Despite the friction (miniscule at best) the 32F air inside and outside of the hose will cause the heat to dissipate. At some point the water will freeze; the question is how far does it need to travel.


Will never freeze, because the 32 inside and out will warm therefore always staying a liquid
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It was so darned cold this weekend, I had to blog about it over at my woodworking blog.

http://tomsworkbench.com/2010/01/11/how-cold-is-it/

It was 50 in the shop, and all of the cast iron surfaces were hand-numbing when you touched them.
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Quoting Bordonaro:


Good Afternoon Flood! How did you enjoy your eight degree low (+8F) on Saturday morning?? I bottomed out at +14F. It is a WARM crisp 52F at my place. Go thermometer go, Go thermometer go..



Being a Missouri ex-pat, I enjoyed it! After surgery the only PT I've been allowed is wqalking, so I was out in it...nice and brisk!
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Quoting Patrap:
Sun Glints Seen from Space Signal Oceans and Lakes 01.05.10

A sun glint on Earth is captured... by NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft as it looked at the north pole.



I'll see that and raise you one...


This image shows the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/DLR

Sunlight Glint Confirms Liquid in Titan Lake Zone 12.17.09

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Cassini Spacecraft has captured the first flash of sunlight reflected off a lake on Saturn's moon Titan, confirming the presence of liquid on the part of the moon dotted with many large, lake-shaped basins.

Cassini scientists had been looking for the glint, also known as a specular reflection, since the spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004. But Titan's northern hemisphere, which has more lakes than the southern hemisphere, has been veiled in winter darkness. The sun only began to directly illuminate the northern lakes recently as it approached the equinox of August 2009, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. Titan's hazy atmosphere also blocked out reflections of sunlight in most wavelengths. This serendipitous image was captured on July 8, 2009, using Cassini's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer.
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Quoting Bordonaro:


We shall see. I do believe the US will see a 14-18 day warm up. I do believe the returning colder temps will not be as severe. However we are still in a -AO and -NAO environmemt, so below normal temps are still likely over much of the Eastern US.


Our below normal temps and same for you will likely be becuase of a lot of rain for the next several weeks. TX could see a major tornado outbreak as well in about 2 weeks.
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Quoting NRAamy:
do all of you experiencing unusual cold weather have clothes for artic temps?


I do. Still have my snowmobile suit from 30 years ago when I lived in ND. (Don't know why I still have it and yes it still fits.) I also have coats from when I lived in Germany a few years back. Raised here in Pensacola so I know how cold it can get. If necessary I bet I could dress for sub zero. Plus, our kids are in Phoenix, Washington D.C., Denver, and Rapid City SD. Prepared to visit any of them any time of year. :)
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Quoting Jeff9641:


Remember we live in Florida and according to the models Florida will stay warm to mild with very minor cold snaps across the rest of the country for NOW!! We usually get 2 weeks of winter in Janaury every year and then comes the heat and it is not uncommon for us to start hitting 90 in February. Our last freeze in orlando is early Feb. So I would say we've turned the corner. Our problem will be tornadoes the next couple of months due to the strenght of this induced el-nino pattern setting in.


We shall see. I do believe the US will see a 14-18 day warm up. I do believe the returning colder temps will not be as severe. However we are still in a -AO and -NAO environmemt, so below normal temps are still likely over much of the Eastern US.
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Quoting Bordonaro:


No we all don't have warm clothes for an unusually strong Arctic outbreak, especially for the folks in Florida!!


Lot's on layers has kept me warm, but almost somewhere on my body is always cold with this cold snap.
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Quoting ElConando:


Thats about the peak of winter too.


The people in Alaska were having our El Nino warmth for 6 weeks, we're going to give them back "their cold air" for a lil' while.

CNN meteorologist stated that most of the Northern Hemisphere is in the Deep Freeze. Conditions in the US are moderating, they have at least 1 more week of this cold in Eyrope into Asia.

I do believe the next round of cooler weather that returns will be alot less severe.
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Quoting Bordonaro:


They're may be more cold air coming back into the scene about the end of Jan, beginning of February. I wouldn't sound the "Spring has Sprung" banner, not quite yet :0)!


Remember we live in Florida and according to the models Florida will stay warm to mild with very minor cold snaps across the rest of the country for NOW!! We usually get 2 weeks of winter in Janaury every year and then comes the heat and it is not uncommon for us to start hitting 90 in February. Our last freeze in orlando is early Feb. So I would say we've turned the corner. Our problem will be tornadoes the next couple of months due to the strenght of this induced el-nino pattern setting in.
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Bord...that's bad...

Here, I live by the beach, and have warm weather clothes...

But, 1 1/2 to 2 hours away are our local mountains, with tons of snow, so, I have cold weather clothes as well....

so, if by some freak of nature, it got super cold down by the beach, I'd be ok....
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Prob gonna get some nice rain from this possible record amounts as well. Don't expect too much wind from this I would be surprised if we got a gust of over 35mph. That is of course if is not a severe event.

Now i gotta find a store a store with chapstick.
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Quoting NRAamy:
do all of you experiencing unusual cold weather have clothes for artic temps?


No we all don't have warm clothes for an unusually strong Arctic outbreak, especially for the folks in Florida!!
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Quoting Bordonaro:


They're may be more cold air coming back into the scene about the end of Jan, beginning of February. I wouldn't sound the "Spring has Sprung" banner, not quite yet :0)!


Thats about the peak of winter too.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


I see gray in this run.
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Quoting Jeff9641:
Computer models still showing a powerfull squall pushing ashore the west coast of Florida on Saturday. This could be our first big severe outbreak of this El-Nino season. The Florida penisula will enjoy 80 temperatures but it will come at a price. Also, this warm weather will stick around for atleast 2 to 3 weeks across Florida so get ready because spring is now upon us in Florida. YAY!!


They're may be more cold air coming back into the scene about the end of Jan, beginning of February. I wouldn't sound the "Spring has Sprung" banner, not quite yet :0)!
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Fire Threat High Amid Australia Heat WaveUpdated: Monday, January 11, 2010 1:16 PM

Extreme heat and concurrent fire threat that has held much of southern Australia on edge since last Friday will recur through Tuesday.


Hot northwesterly winds out of the desert outback will hike temperatures above 100 degrees during Tuesday over parts of Victoria and New South Wales, an area stretching between Sydney and Melbourne. The heat, together with gusty winds and low humidity, will make for exceptionally high fire danger.


Much of the affected area was under advisory for Severe to Catastrophic Fire Danger, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Total Fire Bans also were in effect.


On Monday, the temperature soared to 43.6C, or 110F, in the city of Melbourne, Victoria. This was hottest since the infamous Black Saturday bush fire outbreak of February 7, 2009. In nearby Avalon, the temperature rose to 45.7C, or 114F. The Australian national capital, Canberra, shared in the sweltering heat with its high of 38.1C, or 110F.
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do all of you experiencing unusual cold weather have clothes for artic temps?
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Hey,I made it above freezing!!!!

Fair

33 °F
(1 °C) Humidity: 52 %
Wind Speed: W 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.97" (1016.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 17 °F (-8 °C)
Wind Chill: 25 °F (-4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi


Whoo Hoo! "Heat Wave" has moved north.

Me, now, closest tracking station:
Temp: 33.1°F
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48 degrees St. Petersburg, FL. Come on 50 degrees. lol
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Computer models still showing a powerfull squall pushing ashore the west coast of Florida on Saturday. This could be our first big severe outbreak of this El-Nino season. The Florida penisula will enjoy 80 temperatures but it will come at a price. Also, this warm weather will stick around for atleast 2 to 3 weeks across Florida so get ready because spring is now upon us in Florida. YAY!!
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Quoting Floodman:
AIM, close out Wiunderground then bring it back up. It's a refresh issue from the server (I get it occasionally; mostly when I change my mind about a post and refresh to dump it or hit the "Back" button)


A-HA! Thought that might be part of it...the dumping (BAN-fear, lol), looking back and forward, etc. Of course I should have remembered the tech's "fix" for most everything: Reboot!
THNX.
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Hey,I made it above freezing!!!!

Fair

33 °F
(1 °C) Humidity: 52 %
Wind Speed: W 9 MPH
Barometer: 29.97" (1016.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 17 °F (-8 °C)
Wind Chill: 25 °F (-4 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi
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Quoting Floodman:


I love the way that they seem to know what's best for us (living in Texas I have the same senators as you). Cornyn should go back to ranching, or stealing oil leases or whatever it was he did before he was elected; he's smarmy, condescending and far too smug for my taste...we won't talk about Hutchinson


Flood,ole friend,I find that hard to believe a smug and condescending senator!!!!
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Quoting Floodman:


I love the way that they seem to know what's best for us (living in Texas I have the same senators as you). Cornyn should go back to ranching, or stealing oil leases or whatever it was he did before he was elected; he's smarmy, condescending and far too smug for my taste...we won't talk about Hutchinson


Good Afternoon Flood! How did you enjoy your eight degree low (+8F) on Saturday morning?? I bottomed out at +14F. It is a WARM crisp 52F at my place. Go thermometer go, Go thermometer go..

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My Local Weather:
John Wayne-Orange County, California
65 °F
Partly Cloudy
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AIM, close out Wiunderground then bring it back up. It's a refresh issue from the server (I get it occasionally; mostly when I change my mind about a post and refresh to dump it or hit the "Back" button)
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Quoting jeffs713:

At least you got a response that pertained to your actual letter. I got a form letter from both of my senators about how they support their constituents, and do what is best for them. (of course, my senators are Hutchinson and Cornyn, and both are very conservative) Apparently, while they care about their constituents, they do not actually read their e-mails and letters.


I love the way that they seem to know what's best for us (living in Texas I have the same senators as you). Cornyn should go back to ranching, or stealing oil leases or whatever it was he did before he was elected; he's smarmy, condescending and far too smug for my taste...we won't talk about Hutchinson
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Quoting RobDaHood:


That's happened to me about 4 times in the last couple days. It should eventually come back by itself.


Thanks...next time I'll just wait awhile.
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HA, Mr. B, you're too much.

I'm ba-ack. Well, the fur-kids avatar is back. I don't know, I filled in one of the many WU online forms, checked some squares, and in comments area put, "Help, my avatar's gone and I don't know what happened or what I'm doing." Seems to have worked well enough.

Yippee...we're finally above freezing point, barely.

Silver Spring, MD
Currently: 34°F
Fair
35°F | 26°F
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By the way, Happy belated Birthday to TornadoDude, and Happy Birthday, Atmoaggie!
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Quoting jeffs713:

Honestly, unless the flow is VERY low, it is unlikely to freeze at all in that scenario. the hose will generate friction, which will both slow down the water and heat it up a tiny bit. So.. unless you have an incredibly long hose and a HUGE amount of pressure behind the water... yeah, it ain't freezing. Just very cold.


Despite the friction (miniscule at best) the 32F air inside and outside of the hose will cause the heat to dissipate. At some point the water will freeze; the question is how far does it need to travel.
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After a morning start near 25F, it just hit 50F here at my place in Arlington, TX.

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


Good afternoon, KOG. The storm for Fri 1-15 and 1-16 still looks rather impressive, however the GFS weakens it from a 998MB L to a 1005MB L, sending it off the SE/Mid Atlantic area over the weekend and leaving it there.

The GFS shows three systems moving into the Desert SW of the US, into the S Plains and into the Midwest. It will be a very busy 15-16 day period in the US and into S Ontario, especially next week!
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Credit: Don Lindler, Sigma Space Corporation/GSFC

Sun Glints Seen from Space Signal Oceans and Lakes
01.05.10


image of the earth from the Deep Impact probe image of the earth showing sun glinting image of the earth from the Deep Impact probe A sun glint on Earth is captured (center of the black circle) in the middle frame of this series of images taken by NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft as it looked at the north pole. The reddish area is North America, and the glint is coming from a body of water in California.

In two new videos from NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft, bright flashes of light known as sun glints act as beacons signaling large bodies of water on Earth. These observations give scientists a way to pick out planets beyond our solar system (extrasolar planets) that are likely to have expanses of liquid, and so stand a better chance of having life.

These sun glints are like sunshine glancing off the hood of a car. We can see them reflecting off a smooth surface when we are positioned in just the right way with respect to the sun and the smooth surface. On a planetary scale, only liquids and ice can form a surface smooth enough to produce the effect—land masses are too rough—and the surface must be very large. To stand out against a background of other radiation from a planet, the reflected light must be very bright. We won’t necessarily see glints from every distant planet that has liquids or ice.

“But these sun glints are important because, if we saw an extrasolar planet which had glints that popped up periodically, we would know that we were seeing lakes, oceans or other large bodies of liquid, such as water,” says Drake Deming, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Deming is the deputy principal investigator who leads the team that works on the Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh) part of Deep Impact’s extended mission, called EPOXI. “And if we found large bodies of water on a distant planet, we would become much more optimistic about finding life.”

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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Help -- My avatar seems to have disappeared(?) Don't know if it's temporary or perm. Others mentioned similar problems a day or so ago. Is there a shortcut to getting it back other than re-loading from the get-go??

TIA.

Good goin', Water Witch!


It's a WU Dr M's "Case of the Missing Avatar's".. I can here the Perry Mason Theme Song Music from here..Good Morning, AIM, congrats on putting your blog together :0).

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Quoting ElConando:


If she actually wrote that, it was very nice. no offense btw.


i know she didn't write it.
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Quoting WaterWitch11:
I just now received this and thought I'd share:

Dear Mrs:

I received your letter expressing your opposition to an amendment offered by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to the "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2010" (H.R. 2847). I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response.

Senator Hutchison proposed an amendment to H.R. 2847 that would increase funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) by $179 million and reduce funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the same amount. Please be aware that Senator Hutchison's amendment was not accepted as a part of the "CJS Appropriations Act of 2010" as passed by the Senate on November 5, 2009.

The impact of global warming on our oceans and natural resources is a very serious concern for us both. While I support the funding that SCAAP provides for California, I also recognize that the importance of ensuring adequate funding of NOAA. The agency plays a critical role in monitoring climate change, managing our fisheries resources, restoring our coastal ecosystems and supporting marine commerce.

You may be interested to know that the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act included $4.7 billion in funding for NOAA. This bill was passed by the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President on December 16, 2009 (Public Law 111-218).

Again, thank you for writing. Please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. staff at (202) 224-3841 if you have any questions or additional thoughts.



Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein

At least you got a response that pertained to your actual letter. I got a form letter from both of my senators about how they support their constituents, and do what is best for them. (of course, my senators are Hutchinson and Cornyn, and both are very conservative) Apparently, while they care about their constituents, they do not actually read their e-mails and letters.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Help -- My avatar seems to have disappeared(?) Don't know if it's temporary or perm. Others mentioned similar problems a day or so ago. Is there a shortcut to getting it back other than re-loading from the get-go??

TIA.

Good goin', Water Witch!


That's happened to me about 4 times in the last couple days. It should eventually come back by itself.
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Quoting WaterWitch11:
I just now received this and thought I'd share:

Dear Mrs:

I received your letter expressing your opposition to an amendment offered by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to the "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act of 2010" (H.R. 2847). I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delay in my response.

Senator Hutchison proposed an amendment to H.R. 2847 that would increase funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) by $179 million and reduce funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by the same amount. Please be aware that Senator Hutchison's amendment was not accepted as a part of the "CJS Appropriations Act of 2010" as passed by the Senate on November 5, 2009.

The impact of global warming on our oceans and natural resources is a very serious concern for us both. While I support the funding that SCAAP provides for California, I also recognize that the importance of ensuring adequate funding of NOAA. The agency plays a critical role in monitoring climate change, managing our fisheries resources, restoring our coastal ecosystems and supporting marine commerce.

You may be interested to know that the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act included $4.7 billion in funding for NOAA. This bill was passed by the House and the Senate and signed into law by the President on December 16, 2009 (Public Law 111-218).

Again, thank you for writing. Please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. staff at (202) 224-3841 if you have any questions or additional thoughts.



Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein


If she actually wrote that, it was very nice. no offense btw.
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TIA.

Good goin', Water Witch!
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