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 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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Oops, missed this.

Quoting windshear1993:
and that wave eventually became alex!!

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.

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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 ......
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1417. hydrus
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Here is the updated track map of the 1933 Atlantic hurricane season after the National Hurricane Center completed their reanalysis project for the seasons between 1931 and 1935.

For those that don't know, one storm was removed from the list, dropping the total number of tropical storms from 21 to 20.

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.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Insanity would set in



Houston would be caught with its pants down guaranteed
with its pants down lol i dont think anything is going to form on the atlantic side bc the gulf is rapidly getting devoured in dry air behind those blobs
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Wonder how much Jeff got in Tomball

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Insanity would set in



Houston would be caught with its pants down guaranteed
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already talking about next year wow..did u guys know that 2015 will be really active i looked it up i think its the gwo or something like that but 2015 will be relly active just to point that out
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Quoting cyclonekid:
TSR issued their forecast today.



A new update on TS Keuna should be coming in soon, but in the meantime:


I was the one to update that. :D
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TSR issued their forecast today.



A new update on TS Keuna should be coming in soon, but in the meantime:

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

All of the models hold steady or head back towards Neutral over the winter.

The only thing that really makes me question the activity, is how slowly the models forecast it to head back toward neutral during 2013.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Chart please?

(Slightly old)

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1408. SLU
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody remember this invest from June 2010? I think they should have at least upgraded it to a tropical depression.



Yes I do. IMO it was a tropical storm for at least 24 hrs at one stage.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

How is that? I get it only takes one, but 2013 Is going to probably less Active than 2012, due to El Nino conditions strengthening through Winter and into the Middle of next year. Just pointing it out.


Well,if the ENSO Models like this CFSv2 is right,by winter it will be going down from El Nino to Neutral.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

All of the models hold steady or head back towards Neutral over the winter.

Chart please?
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1405. K8eCane
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody remember this invest from June 2010? I think they should have at least upgraded it to a tropical depression.




Wonder what the stats were on that, pressure etc. it LOOKS like it was almost a TC
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

How is that? I get it only takes one, but 2013 Is going to probably less Active than 2012, due to El Nino conditions strengthening through Winter and into the Middle of next year. Just pointing it out.

All of the models hold steady or head back towards Neutral over the winter.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

A. One more year of getting lucky, though I do think at least 1 or 2 Cat 1s or 2s are likely.

How is that? I get it only takes one, but 2013 Is going to probably less Active than 2012, due to El Nino conditions strengthening through Winter and into the Middle of next year. Just pointing it out.
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Quoting etxwx:
Since it's a bit slow weatherwise, I'd greatly appreciate some recommendations on home weather stations. Nothing too fancy, but something useful. Thanks! (Please PM me if this is too off topic or considered commercial.)


I've had several. The best by far: Davis Vantage Vue. Reliability of Davis, but not quite as expensive as most of their stations. I think you can get it for like $335 on Weather Shack, and then it's like $100 more if you wanna be able to upload to WU. It's worth it though. Also had the Oregon Scientific WMR 100. It's ok if you can't spend a lot of money, you just have to pay more attention to where you place your temperature sensor, cause the radiation shielding is not very good. I think that station is $130-150 ish. There are other lower end stations with mixed reviews, and then the REALLY pricey ones. But I'm assuming you don't want those ;)
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Very Impressive. When these two boundaries collide.... Very heavy rainfall...


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Quoting cyclonekid:
That was definitely something that blew the blog up.
and that wave eventually became alex!!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Random poll.

Q: How many major hurricane landfalls will we see this season?

A.) 0
B.) 1
C.) 2
D.) 3 or more

I'm going to have to go with C. Even though I'm hoping we get lucky again, I just don't see how the USA can go unscathed this season with many close-to-home formations.


C - 1 on the east coast, 1 GOM.
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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 still think it's ironic/foreshadowing that the wave formed out there that early.And then we ended up having an active cape verde season...So now that Alberto and Beryl have formed closer to the U.S and effected us.Could that foreshadow whats going to happen later down the line?.We'll see...
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1397. etxwx
Since it's a bit slow weatherwise, I'd greatly appreciate some recommendations on home weather stations. Nothing too fancy, but something useful. Thanks! (Please PM me if this is too off topic or considered commercial.)
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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.

That was definitely something that blew the blog up.
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Anybody remember this invest from June 2010? I think they should have at least upgraded it to a tropical depression.

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The dock in question has already been checked for radioactivity and came out negative according to reports.
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1393. K8eCane
Well Darn...Still no tropical action. Im all revved up and ready to watch it ( via satellite )
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Evening all....

Umm... isn't Kuena very much a late season storm for SIndian? I'm equating their June with our December...
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1391. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
4:00 AM RET June 7 2012
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At 0:00 AM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Kuena (996 hPa) located at 9.9S 56.4E has 10 minute sustained winds of 45 knots with gusts of 65 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 7 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T3.0/3.5/W0.5/12 HRS

Gale Force Winds
================
30 NM radius from the center extending up to 80 NM from the center in southern semi-circle

Near Gale Force Winds
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50 NM radius from the center extending up to 160 NM from the center in southern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 9.8S 54.8E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 9.6S 53.1E - 30 knots (Depression Tropicale)
48 HRS: 8.4S 50.2E - 20 knots (Depression se Comblant))
72 HRS: 7.6S 48.8E - se Dissipant

Additional Information
====================

Kuena begin a weakening phase. The system seem undergoing a northerly constraint, the center is located on the northern edge of convection. On and after 24 hours, divergence is expected to weaken then the easterly vertical wind shear is expected to strengthen in the same time. System should then quickly weaken and dissipate. System keeps on tracking globally westward on the northern edge of the subtropical high pressure belt.

In this month of June, environmental sea level pressures are high and system mean sea level pressure is therefore higher than average for a system with this intensity especially as the size remains small to medium.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Services on TC Kuena will be issued at 6:30 AM UTC..
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The 1940's were sure a bad decade for Florida.
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No radioactivity in it

Giant piece of tsunami debris washes up in Oregon Biologists shocked by what they found This makes us rethink everything (VIDEO)
The Oregonian..

Japanese officials have confirmed that a huge dock that washed ashore on the Oregon coast is debris from last year s tsunami
[It originated] in Misawa, a northern Japanese city
The 66-foot-long structure 7 feet tall and 19 feet wide was first reported offshore Monday and made landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.


Link
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Quoting weatherh98:


was it radioactive?

Here's the full article:
Link
It was tested and found not to be radioactive.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Well that dock is made of wood so there shouldn't be much of a problem.


theres definitely metal on it
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Quoting weatherbro:


Wow...We could be dealing with a Pacific-Atlantic crossover folks!!!

Hurricane 6(1923)


Hurricane 10(1949)


Noname Tropical Storm 1(1965)

Mmmm.

Ah great now we're getting all of Japans trash...
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Quoting weatherh98:


metal holds radioactivity well


Well that dock is made of wood so there shouldn't be much of a problem.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

From Japan? O_o

They're all going to die.


Payback for us nuking them...
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
It's also probably radioactive, so I wouldn't suggest those people keep standing next to it lol


metal holds radioactivity well

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
This dock washed up on a beach in Oregon today...



It's from the Japan tsunami.

From Japan? O_o

They're all going to die.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
This dock washed up on a beach in Oregon today...



It's from the Japan tsunami.


was it radioactive?
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
This dock washed up on a beach in Oregon today...



It's from the Japan tsunami.
It's also probably radioactive, so I wouldn't suggest those people keep standing next to it lol
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This dock washed up on a beach in Oregon today...



It's from the Japan tsunami.
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Fukushima Update


Chinese official calls Chiba Port an %u201Carea with high radiation risk%u201D

Follow-up to: Massive fish kill outside Tokyo in Chiba -- "The sight is somewhat apocalyptic" -- "Almost looks like a carpet of sardines" (PHOTOS)



Scrap metals from Japan found radioactive
China Daily
June 6, 2012
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
This seems to be generated in the SW GOM. As what may be Carlotta races off NE, a low forms over MX and enters the gulf, strenghtens, moves NE and ends up in the NE Gulf. It certainly isnt getting into the nearterm any time soon, but the low forms in the Gulf as soon as 288 hrs.






Note Carlotta as soon as 240 hrs:


Wow...We could be dealing with a Pacific-Atlantic crossover folks!!!

Hurricane 6(1923)


Hurricane 10(1949)


Noname Tropical Storm 1(1965)

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I think so... But I don't see any majors making landfall.


florida has a hit already

Im sure nola will get on wether its a semi direct hit or good banding
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Quoting weatherh98:


Florida and nola in the bulls eye ;P

I think so... But I don't see any majors making landfall.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Random poll.

Q: How many major hurricane landfalls will we see this season?

A.) 0
B.) 1
C.) 2
D.) 3 or more

I'm going to have to go with C. Even though I'm hoping we get lucky again, I just don't see how the USA can go unscathed this season with many close-to-home formations.
D and I am not only saying for the USA.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

A. One more year of getting lucky, though I do think at least 1 or 2 Cat 1s or 2s are likely.


Florida and nola in the bulls eye ;P
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B) 1 major hurricane landfall.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Random poll.

Q: How many major hurricane landfalls will we see this season?

A.) 0
B.) 1
C.) 2
D.) 3 or more

I'm going to have to go with C. Even though I'm hoping we get lucky again, I just don't see how the USA can go unscathed this season with many close-to-home formations.

A. One more year of getting lucky, though I do think at least 1 or 2 Cat 1s or 2s are likely.
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Pretty big sal outbreak right now in the Tropical Atlantic that is normal for June. That hole that is seen is where a tropical wave is located.

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