A Letter to Mother Nature: a book review

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:52 AM GMT on June 05, 2012

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One of the features of wunderground.com that I'm most proud of is one all of you can take credit for--our wunderphotos. Each day, users of the web site upload an average of 500 - 600 photos of some of the most beautiful and spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. We all share the same atmosphere, and one really gets a sense of that connection when we look at the wunderphotos, which come from every corner of the planet. Since 2003, 1.5 million wunderphotos have been uploaded, with over half a million just in the past three years. We have a dedicated team of volunteer reviewers that screen each photo, and I owe a big thank-you to all of you who have served as wunderphoto moderators. One of our most dedicated wunderphotographers, Lucy Woodley (wunderhandle: observing), was inspired to collect a set of 90 of her favorite wunderphotos and put them into a book. Her effort, A Letter to Mother Nature, was published this May. Each photo in the book has a sentence above it, poetically describing the scene below. It only takes a few minutes to whip through the book, but the spectacular images and thoughtful text invite one to linger longer and contemplate the natural beauty we are surrounded by. Here's a sampling of the text and images from the book, with wunderphotos by SunsetFL, CameraDiva, and Sharrose:

Dear Mother Nature,
Quite simply, I am in awe
of you and here is why...

You remind us to always look up...



...for there are great wonders overhead.



We can't resist dancing in your meadows.




A Letter to Mother Nature is $14.99 (paperback) from amazon.com. Proceeds from sale of the book go to support the disaster relief charity Portlight.org, founded by members of the wunderground community. I give A Letter to Mother Nature my highest rating, five out of five stars.

Rare transit of Venus today
I hope all you wunderphotographers will help document for us today a rare celestial happening--a transit of Venus across the sun. On June 5th at 3:09 pm PDT, Venus will begin a historic 7-hour transit of the solar disk, appearing as a dark spot against the sun's blazing face. This will be the last transit of Venus across the sun until 2117. As always, when viewing the sun, be sure to do it indirectly, or use a proper filter such as a #14 welder's glass to block the sun's eye-damaging rays. NASA.gov has more info. I'll link the best wunderphotographs taken of today's transit at the bottom of this post tonight and Wednesday morning. Below is one from Venus' last transit of the sun, back in 2004. Thanks, wunderphotographers!

Jeff Masters

Venis in transit (tillerdog)
Venus in transit across the sun June 8, 2004. Taken at sun rise in Flagler Beach Floirda ( USA ) with a 850mm lens by photojournalist Jim Tiller.
Venis in transit
Transit of Venus (redtim)
Transit of Venus from the Wunderground Office
Transit of Venus
Venus Sunset 7 (Nikongranny)
Venus across the sun during a cloudy evening.
Venus Sunset 7
Transit of Venus (LaddObservatory)
Despite thick clouds we were able to capture a brief glimpse of the planet Venus transiting the Sun. This image was taken with a modern digital camera attached to the historic Ladd Observatory telescope (1891) The clouds thinned just enough to capture this one image at 6:21:38 PM EDT, just moments after second contact.
Transit of Venus
Venus and sunspots at sunset (Llamadave)
I took this from a telescope projection on a white surface in West Lafayette, IN
Venus and sunspots at sunset
Transit of Venus 2012 (Guruchild)
I used a first generation canon digital rebel, a 300mm telephoto lens, a circular polarizing filter, and the low atmosphere to capture this beautiful amateur photograph of Venus dotting the Sun's disc.
Transit of Venus 2012
Venus transit (milfeld)
Venus transit

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Quoting gulfbreeze:
What happen to the kid named Miami Hurricane he was very sharp ?

He's still around...he posts when a storm is active.
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Denver is having major problems at this time after a monster supercell thunderstorm sat on the northeast side of the city producing lots and lots--up to 6"-- of hail. There have been many, many traffic accidents.

2012 really has been the year of hail.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Get almost 5 inches of rain in a week back in May, and see brown grass and things drooping, downright ridiculous. How can it dry out that quick is beyond me. Makes me wonder about the sun, sending more heat energy than what is being seen or not even being caught by instruments


I noticed the same thing here at my place near Bay City. I'm almost positive that it is due to the ground being so parched from last summer, like it is still not quite caught up on moisture content and therefore dries out faster. just my un educated guess though.
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What happen to the kid named Miami Hurricane he was very sharp ?
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There is a strong THUNDERstorm going on in Oklahoma City! Needless to say, I hate the Spurs! Oh and good evening everyone!
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Quoting gulfbreeze:
I know it's only June and we only get a storm on the average every other year but after 2 storms in May this makes for a very borring start. But we could go back to talking about GW.

Or we could not...
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Quoting gulfbreeze:
I know it's only June and we only get a storm on the average every other year but after 2 storms in May this makes for a very borring start. But we could go back to talking about GW.
I don't want anymore storms for now. I still haven't finished compiling my TCRs.
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Quoting gulfbreeze:
And how old is He?

Nobody knows his exact age. He was born well before Christopher Columbus set sail though.
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Any one out there?
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I know it's only June and we only get a storm on the average every other year but after 2 storms in May this makes for a very borring start. But we could go back to talking about GW.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Call Grothar.
Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Call Grothar.
And how old is He?
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1459. nigel20
Good evening everyone!
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Quoting ProgressivePulse:
Get a room, sheesh.
no u
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Quoting gulfbreeze:
It sure would be nice to hear from people on this blog that have lived longer than 20 years and have seen some real history making Hurricanes!!

Call Grothar.
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It sure would be nice to hear from people on this blog that have lived longer than 20 years and have seen some real history making Hurricanes!!
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Fascination from me, sans the destruction.

TAWX, He's BACKKKKKK. You asked. and You received.
Im gone. Will make a blog entry tomorrow or Friday whichever day I feel like it.
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Get a room, sheesh.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

There's Kori, hey Kori.
There's Cody, hey Cody.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Fascination from me, sans the destruction.

There's Kori, hey Kori.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Insanity would set in



Houston would be caught with its pants down guaranteed
Fascination from me, sans the destruction.
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1450. hydrus
The Great Ocheechobee Hurricane( San Felipe ) of 1928 was a depression before it even left the Continent.. It did this in Puerto Rico, and I think its still their over 80 years later..
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Where's Kori?
Away from his computer.

Good for him, I will proceed to do the same, later
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Quoting hydrus:
The 20,s 30,s and 40,s must have been hard on Florida folks...........In the period between 1900 and 1949, 108 tropical cyclones affected the state, causing 3,500 fatalities during the period, most of which from the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. The 1947 season was the year with the most tropical cyclones affecting the state, with a total of 6 systems. The 1905, 1908, 1913, 1927, 1931, 1942, and 1943 seasons were the only years during the period in which a storm did not affect the state.

The strongest hurricane to hit the state during the period was the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which is the strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. Several other major hurricanes struck the state during the period, including the 1926 Miami Hurricane, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and a cyclone each in 1945 and 1949 which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane...Miami Beach after The Great Hurricane of 1926.
The 1926 Hurricane went up and sat off Pensacola for 2 days wind gusts to 150 mph.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

She was playing around, lighten up.
Maybe she was, maybe she wasn't, I can't tell just from that post so I am responding to her as I see fit, thank you very much.
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Everyone is making way to mush about El Nino!!!
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Quoting Chicklit:
It has calmed down quite a bit in ECFL tonight. For now it looks like the GOM disturbance has taken a southerly turn.
Link Rainbow Loop GOM

Hey, Chick. When I looked this a.m. I didn't even expect for us to get any cloudy wx at all today... So I have to agree with your "southerly turn" comment. It certainly looks like the "hot spot" east of the Yucatan is going to get another workout...

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Where's Kori?
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Quoting RitaEvac:


must of been nice

It was nice, especially since I watered the garden right before.

Hopefully, tomorrow will bring more happiness.
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Quoting hydrus:
If you have time, check out the link I posted at #1439.
I'd say that bt that link, thank you, the tropical cyclone history in Florida has effected world geopololitics for a long time. The loss of the 1715 fleet turned the tide in what was left of a British/Spanish naval rivalry. The wealth lost was tremendous.
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It has calmed down quite a bit in ECFL tonight. For now it looks like the GOM disturbance has taken a southerly turn.
Link Rainbow Loop GOM

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1440. hydrus
Quoting CosmicEvents:
The 1926 and 1928 seasons were like 2004-2005 in their similarity to killing real estate values in a bubble market and both being the straw that that started a worldwide contagion. Amazing how history repeats. And both worldwide recessions/depressions caused by weather.
If you have time, check out the link I posted at #1439.
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1439. hydrus
Quoting RussianWinter:


Do you think more will be coming this century?
Check this out...Then you can tell me..It is unbelievable..Link
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Get almost 5 inches of rain in a week back in May, and see brown grass and things drooping, downright ridiculous. How can it dry out that quick is beyond me. Makes me wonder about the sun, sending more heat energy than what is being seen or not even being caught by instruments
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Quoting TomTaylor:
I never punished anyone, nor did I say I would, go ahead and think what you'd like though.

She was playing around, lighten up.
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Heavy rain in biloxi.
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Quoting nofailsafe:


Yeah, it's still pretty disappointing though. Here's the 5-day QPF chart and it's pretty unimpressive for us here in HGX.



We'll just be going into new stage restrictions all there is to it
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Quoting oreodogsghost:
Local mets in Houston are predicting the upper low in N Tex to sag SE tomorrow to enhance our POPs.


Yeah, it's still pretty disappointing though. Here's the 5-day QPF chart and it's pretty unimpressive for us here in HGX.

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Quoting hydrus:
The 20,s 30,s and 40,s must have been hard on Florida folks...........In the period between 1900 and 1949, 108 tropical cyclones affected the state, causing 3,500 fatalities during the period, most of which from the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. The 1947 season was the year with the most tropical cyclones affecting the state, with a total of 6 systems. The 1905, 1908, 1913, 1927, 1931, 1942, and 1943 seasons were the only years during the period in which a storm did not affect the state.

The strongest hurricane to hit the state during the period was the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which is the strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. Several other major hurricanes struck the state during the period, including the 1926 Miami Hurricane, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and a cyclone each in 1945 and 1949 which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane...Miami Beach after The Great Hurricane of 1926.


Do you think more will be coming this century?
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Quoting jeffs713:

About half an inch. 1 mile away got 0.19. A mile the other way got 0.69. The gauge on my fence measured right around 0.5".


must of been nice
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Quoting oreodogsghost:
Local mets in Houston are predicting the upper low in N Tex to sag SE tomorrow to enhance our POPs.


It better take a sharp turn SE because its in OK, which is way north
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Wonder how much Jeff got in Tomball


About half an inch. 1 mile away got 0.19. A mile the other way got 0.69. The gauge on my fence measured right around 0.5".
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1429. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Japan Meteorological Agency
DEVELOPED LOW, FORMER MAWAR (T1203)
9:00 AM JST June 7 2012
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At 0:00 AM UTC, Low, Former Mawar (968 hPa) located at 39.0N 151.0E. The low is reported as moving northeast at 25 knots.
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Anyone seen extreme236 yet? Really hope he hasn't left.
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Local mets in Houston are predicting the upper low in N Tex to sag SE tomorrow to enhance our POPs.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Yep, the upper low was supposed to be in Hill country, if that was case, all this heavy rain you see north of Houston would of been smat dab over us in SE TX, forecast low location failed.



Son of a ......

Yeah, a somewhat unforseen 500 mb low formed from a cold pool of several MCSs further to the north and that mid level low ended up becoming the dominant weathermaker, as opposed to the upper low previously forecasted.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
"Something is still possible over the Atlantic mid month..(is TomTaylor going to punish me if I say 15th of June?).Any who it will be interesting how July turns out....
I never punished anyone, nor did I say I would, go ahead and think what you'd like though.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Yep, the upper low was supposed to be in Hill country, if that was case, all this heavy rain you see north of Houston would of been smat dab over us in SE TX, forecast low location failed.



Son of a ......


You win some, you lose some, and some... well, don't (?) get rained out.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody remember this invest from June 2010? I think they should have at least upgraded it to a tropical depression.



I remember that! 92L, that got up to 60% RED before it died off. It was massive.
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Quoting hydrus:
The 20,s 30,s and 40,s must have been hard on Florida folks...........In the period between 1900 and 1949, 108 tropical cyclones affected the state, causing 3,500 fatalities during the period, most of which from the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. The 1947 season was the year with the most tropical cyclones affecting the state, with a total of 6 systems. The 1905, 1908, 1913, 1927, 1931, 1942, and 1943 seasons were the only years during the period in which a storm did not affect the state.

The strongest hurricane to hit the state during the period was the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, which is the strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. Several other major hurricanes struck the state during the period, including the 1926 Miami Hurricane, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and a cyclone each in 1945 and 1949 which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane...Miami Beach after The Great Hurricane of 1926.
The 1926 and 1928 seasons were like 2004-2005 in their similarity to killing real estate values in a bubble market and both being the straw that that started a worldwide contagion. Amazing how history repeats. And both worldwide recessions/depressions caused by weather.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Oops, missed this.


No, what became Alex was another ITCZ disturbance that was noted in the Central Atlantic on June 17 and moved into the Caribbean to the southeast of 92L on June 20. The remnants of 92L eventually dissipated over Hispaniola.

oh i thought the wave that wasnt classified eventually became alex thanks for the info
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

All of the models hold steady or head back towards Neutral over the winter.
I'd expect if we get a real El Niño, like the models are predicting for summer and fall, that we would see El Niño through winter. However, its impossible to say what will really happen, especially this far out.
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