Earth Day

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:34 PM GMT on April 21, 2006

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This week marks the 1-year anniversary of my first blog, and what a year it's been! I had no idea when this blogging project started last year on Earth Day that it would grow to the levels it has. A big Thanks goes to everybody who reads the blog, and for those who post comments and wunderphotos and write your own blogs--thanks for your participation in this awesome experiment to explore the immense potential of this strange and wonderful new communication medium we've invented, the Internet. While at times the comments section of my blog may lapse into irrelevant anarchy, these comments helps me understand what subjects people find important to talk about . Many of the links and comments you've posted I've used to help formulate my blogs. This blog is a collaborative effort! I particulary want to thank the great people at the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, Storm Prediction Center, and Climate Prediction Center, whom I rely on very heavily for my blog material.

I tend to focus a lot on the violence and destruction our weather brings, as well as the dangers posed human-caused climate change and pollution. While these issues are critical to our survival, we also need to focus on just what an amazing and beautiful creation the atmosphere is. The air we breathe and the water it gives us, sustain all life. We all share the atmosphere, and are all touched by it, for we all breathe the same air. The best thing you can do tomorrow to honor Earth Day is to go outside, take a few deep breaths and feel how the air in your lungs sustains you, look at the beauty of the atmosphere surrounding you, and appreciate this great gift we have.

I'll post a few of the many awesome wunderphotos you've submitted over the past year, that I've used as my screensavers. Thank you all for sharing these!

Jeff Masters

Charlotte County, Florida tornado (Sunburnt)
Another image of the tornado, as it touched down in Punta Gorda, Florida
Charlotte County, Florida tornado
Double Rainbow (Contrails)
Dusk in the San Joaquin Valley after a rainy day.
Double Rainbow
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Aurora Rising from the Trees (joebloe)
This is from the spectacular aurora last night. One of my favorite views is the sight of an aurora shining through the trees as it "rises up" to the sky. Bright waves like these are thrilling and uncommon. The reddish glow is from lighting to the south.
Aurora Rising from the Trees

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52. Flakeman
12:48 AM EDT on April 22, 2006
Got 15 and 3.5. Even so, how come the message is always that we have to do with less? Why can't it be to continue to increase efficiency and bring everyone else up?
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51. louastu
12:44 AM EDT on April 22, 2006
I still live with my parents, and intend to stay living with them until I am finacially ready to live on my own. In addition to my parents, I also have 2 brothers.
49. louastu
12:14 AM EDT on April 22, 2006
If everyone lived like me, we would need 3.1 planets.



I say we start with Mars.
47. jeffB
3:49 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 3.2 PLANETS.

Or, perhaps more usefully, "If everyone lived like you, we would need 69% fewer people."

Any quiz on this topic that attaches no weight to how many children you have -- indeed, rewards people with more children, by counting them as living in higher-density housing -- is B-O-G-U-S, at least in my opinion.
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46. Skyepony (Mod)
3:52 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
I got 3.1 planets...
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44. Asa
3:25 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
Congrats on your blog's 1st anniversary, Dr. Masters!! I have been reading your outstanding blog since I discovered it shortly before Dennis "refreshed" Ivan's demolition work, and have learned much about hurricanes and meterology both from your presentations and the on-topic commentary. Keep up the good work!

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43. Skyepony (Mod)
3:26 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
Here's an earthday quiz... See how many planets we'd need if everyone on earth lived like you.
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42. atmosweather
10:49 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
From the JTWC Discussion at 00Z:

"THE CYCLONE IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD DUE TO REDUCED UPPER LEVEL OUTFLOW, THE INGESTION OF DRIER AIR, AND DISRUPTED LOW LEVEL INFLOW AS THE SYSTEM INTERACTS WITH LAND."

How can a forecast change so ridiculously in just 12 hours? Where is this dry air and where was it 12 hours ago? What about the "huge" amount of disruption in low level inflow due to(I know it happens, but 90% of the time it never affects its intensity before landfall!!!)? It really annoys me. I have seen nothing in terms of changes in upper level winds or shear, and no major data updates to suggest anything but slight strengthening or at least maintaining its intensity until landfall. They are taking after the NHC...
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41. snowski
2:30 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
Monica is now a 100-kt cyclone forecast to strengthen to 115 kt by 00Z, making it a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. This should be a properly sized thumbnail of the 0130Z satellite overpass. Clicking on the thumbnail should bring up the full image.

40. docrod
2:05 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
On topic...

Happy blogday and again from the Florida Keys ... thank you for last summers blogs; those are some wonderful weather photos; the Charlotte tornado reminds me of some of the best waterspout memories I have including looking UP the funnel once near Stock Island (near Key West) - take care sir - Rod
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39. ForecasterColby
1:15 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
I don't think so, say.

Monica is really kicking now, SSD is out with a T6.0 115kt for her. Structure is perfect, it'll keep strengthening if nothing changes.
38. SpyRI
12:58 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
Happy 1st year blogging Dr. Masters! I don't post often, but I read every day, and can't thank you enough for the new knowledge reading this blog has brought me.
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37. Hawkeyewx
7:38 PM CDT on April 21, 2006
I should add the NOGAPS has Monica turning into land well before Darwin. Considering the storm is/was only moving at 2 mph the GFS may be taking it west too fast. NOGAPS is much slower for the first couple days so that model might be the better bet at this point.

Sayhuh, there is nothing and will be nothing in the near future worth watching in the Atlantic.
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36. sayhuh
6:27 PM CST on April 21, 2006
Hmmmm...Thanks Dr. Masters for the wonderful source of information and intriguing blog entries. I found this blog shortly after its creation, and check in several times daily. I have learned soooo much! THANK YOU!

Now..curious about something..I find this interesting on the GFS MSLP 1000 - 500mb. Start at 24 hr, and watch down by PR. Continue through about 90-108 hr. Is this something to be watching????
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35. Trouper415
12:01 AM GMT on April 22, 2006
Very nice Dr Masters and thanks a lot for providing this blog. I have always found Meteorology as a hobby of mine but never as a career path. However, this past summer with the hurricane season we had and the various other weather related incidents, I found new motivation to explore the field in search of a degree in the field.

I plan to hold a Community Garbage cleanup in my area in 1 month. I'm going to call it the Month After Earth Community Cleanup. Hopefully with enough volunteer support, it will become an anual event and other communities with follow. For with the predictions of global warming being as dire as they are, it is now a crucial time to get everyone involved in their communities and surroundings in order to work together to solve this problem. The garbage cleanup may be a small step in starting that revolution, however I believe with time and enough effort, human induced global warming can be a distant memory for our children.
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34. Hawkeyewx
6:56 PM CDT on April 21, 2006
For what it's worth the 18z GFS takes keeps Monica offshore and turns it southwest to near Darwin in about four days.
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33. ForecasterColby
11:59 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Yep. Perhaps any admin reading this could add a resize tag to that?



Here's an example of the link-to-the-bigger-image technique.
32. theboldman
4:34 PM PDT on April 21, 2006
wow snowski

take some lessons on how to resize images

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31. DenverMark
11:24 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Dr. Masters,
Congratulations on doing your blog for one year! I started reading it just after Katrina and decided to join in February. It's a dream for me, too , to be able to meet other people that I can talk weather with. We can get a little carried away at times, thanks for being so patient with us. I enjoy all your blogs and look forward to the future here.

Mark
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30. taco2me61
10:56 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Dr Masters
Thank You so much for your blog I have been
reading it now for over 10 months and also
have posted...:0) You keep up the Great work
and I'll keep reading and posting...
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28. snowski
9:27 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Monica's eye can be clearly seen at 13S 139E in this satellite image taken an hour ago:

26. ForecasterColby
7:57 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
"irrelevant anarchy"

Heh. What an...appropriate phrasing ;) Quite a year indeed...and the 2006 hurricane season is approaching (in fact, there's a warm core subtropical low in the BOC...)
25. Aniah
3:26 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
Happy anniversary!

It's an absolute pleasure to read your blog, and each new entry gives me something more to contemplate when it comes to meteorology. Thanks, Dr. Masters!
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24. Skyepony (Mod)
7:07 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
I've frequented this site for several years, would have joined if I'd realized all the weather geek candy that could have been excessable & the intrege i felt at the New! Blogs in the header, well it was like the red don't push button. Never before had I been rapped up in online discussions. The free online weather school Jeff had started, hooked me. The drama around figuring out how to make this a great online community, particularly though rapid growing pains & bad weather, well by mid summer, I had deemed that entertainment more than worthy of the $5 & joined. Well that & a ting of guilt. I've payed more for some college courses where I'd learned far less.

The launch of our new toys has been scrubbed til tommarrow.
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23. OGal
3:05 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
Thank you for allowing us the priviledge of blogging on your site. We are certainly a big extended family. Like all families sometimes we are happy and sometims unhappy. I do think in the upcoming hurricane season we will all be there for each other. Having said this "Dr. Earth," without you none of this would be possible. Tomorrow I will take that deep breath and love my gift of life.
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22. 147257
06:40 PM GMT op 21 April, 2006
thnx for all the information you posted i learned a lot of all this

I hope you keep posting things
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21. Schnucki
6:36 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Thank you so very much for your blog! I have
been reading it since you started and put the rss
feeds on my google homepage.

I have been through a terrible flash flood where
I lost everything, almost died and watch my
neighbors drown. So I swore to myself that the
weather is never ever going to surprise me again.

You have such a way of explaining the weather
that the average person can understand it too,
and I have learned sooooo much. Thank you!

Keep up the good work :).
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20. Caymanite
6:30 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Thanks Dr. M for your info and patience over the past year and I look forward to your posts in the upcoming hurricane season. Still clearing up from Ivan in 04 so hopefully no more hits this year.
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19. BlowHard
6:28 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Thank Doc, this blog has been a closet weather geek's dream. I'm a fellow ulty player and came across your blog while mesmerized by last years hurricanes. I was wondering about an NY Times article I read. Are you guys planning on utilizing thes readings? Will these sattelites improve forcasting of strength during hurricane season?

Thanks,
BH
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18. gcain
6:20 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
You've given people an "inch" of freedom (freedom to blog) and some have taken a "mile," but that is nature of freedom...overtime the extremists will relax a bit and modify their enthusiaism. Many of us (not so tech center) are learning how to use this new technology and gives us a new way to be create...my talent for the arts is nil, but I sure enjoy the chance to express myself via the blog! I think I'm not alone in that...also, learning a lot about weather related topics, etc., so keep up on our toes with new ideas!
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17. louastu
2:04 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
Wow, you have only been doing this for a year? I would have thought that you had been doing this for at least 3 years.

Happy anniversary, and I hope we will see more very interesting blogs for years to come.
15. DonnaInWI
11:33 AM CDT on April 21, 2006
I stumbled across the blog area as a result of trying to learn more about last year's astonishing hurricane season. Thank you Dr. Masters, and all the commenters, for helping me learn so much! I tried following the Midwest & East blog (I live in southeast Wisconsin), but they concentrated on the east coast and I ended up abandoning them to come back here..... This blog on WU is the BEST!

I look forward to reading this blog, daily during my lunch break. Keep up the good work!
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13. Tabby
12:14 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
Thanks for a year of Wunder! I've been annoyed, exasperated, informed and entertained - sometimes in the same post!! It's an extraordinary window into our amazing world - the people around us, the incredible medium of the internet and the lovely planet that is our only home. Looking at the images you selected I'm delighted and inspired once again by the beauty of this world and grateful for the chance to share my own views (photo & blog) and the views of so many others. Excellent job, Dr. Masters! And thank you to everyone who's put so much into this site!!
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12. WSI
4:08 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
These blogs are great. Keep up the good work! :)
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11. Flakeman
12:04 PM EDT on April 21, 2006
Funny, I just posted this the other day. Seems as though it should, if not already, be the anthem for Earth Day :)

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night

And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying how do you do
They're really saying
I love you
I hear babies cry
I them grow
They'll learn much more
Than I'll ever know

And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Oh, yeah

Thank You Louis :)
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10. DAVIDKRZW
9:01 AM PDT on April 21, 2006
where is all the blogs for 2004
9. squeak
3:57 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Happy blog birthday, kiddo!

Margie
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8. seflagamma
11:47 AM EDT on April 21, 2006
Dr Masters,

I cannot belive you have only had your blog for a year. I guess that is why I didn't know it even existed until last summer! In the previous years I had only come to this site during hurricane season; I found it very good to get the Hurricane UPdates from your Tropical Weather page. I didn't even know all of the other stuff even existed. Then last summer I clicked onto you blog and a whole new world opened up...other weather geeks just like me!!LOL!! and there is where it begin!

We all cannot thank you enough for giving us a safe place to learn about weather, photography and all kinds of other subjects PLUS meet so many wonderful people!

Thank you Dr Masters and Congratulations on your First Anniversary!!!


Gamma
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7. snowboy
11:45 AM EDT on April 21, 2006
Thank you, Dr. Masters, for a great year's worth of posts. Please keep them coming. We also appreciate your patience and tolerance of the irrelevant anarchy that the comments section sometimes degenerates into - while it doesn't always read especially well, it is THE public forum here in the WU world and the freedom for people to express themselves is much appreciated.
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6. seflagamma
11:46 AM EDT on April 21, 2006
Dr Masters,

Great Photo picks!!!
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5. hiseasdrifter
3:43 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
dr jeff,congrats on your 1st.even though i"ve disagreed with you politically(heck,thats what makes it interesting)i have gained a ton of knowledge this past year.for a weather freak and a guy who lives directly on the coast,this past year has been a class in meteorology.once again,well done.
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4. Levi32
7:44 AM AKDT on April 21, 2006
4th darn.
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3. oriondarkwood
3:38 PM GMT on April 21, 2006
Happy 1st Dr. Masters
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2. DAVIDKRZW
8:37 AM PDT on April 21, 2006
cool photo

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