Earth Day photos

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:02 PM GMT on April 21, 2008

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Tuesday, April 22, marks Earth Day. As has been my tradition, on Earth Day I share some of my favorite photos wunderground users have uploaded over the past year. The Earth's atmosphere is a fantastically beautiful and complicated creation, and I thank all of you who took the time to share the spectacular things you've seen with the rest of us!

I'll be back Wednesday to talk about the demise of this year's La Niña.

Jeff Masters

sunset rainbow (canderelli)
beautiful evening on the North Dakota plains
sunset rainbow
Thunderstorm (CameraGuy)
Lightning, stars, and airplane. This lightning strike was quite a ways from the rain area! (Photo 6)
Tonight's Aurora (Glacierwolf)
Small aurora that started right at sunset tonight. Stayed just a stream for most of an hour. Hopefully we will see more in the next few days. You can see more Northern Lights photos in my folder here and at my web site
Tonight's Aurora

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498. GatorWX
11:22 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Couldn't agree with you more Baha!
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497. Thundercloud01221991
11:13 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Man I wish I was getting some rain I am now under a state of emergency till further notice
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496. BahaHurican
7:02 AM EDT on April 23, 2008
Last comment before I head out:

Current temp in Nassau, Bahamas is only 73 degrees. Last year during Andrea the air temps were MUCH warmer (by 5 - 7 degreees). Also, average SST anomalies were higher, as was THCP. (It was also a month later lol)

All this leads me to believe our "blobbie twins" are going to remain cold-core.

Have a good one!
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495. torreoviedo
12:47 PM CEST on Abril 23, 2008
Baha, I mention Myanmar and India, because this places look like the two main possibilitys

Sidr was a tragedy to Bangladesh
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494. all4hurricanes
10:28 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
For the north Indian cyclone to really form its needs to get seriously organized and any time it tried doing that before it fell apart again nonetheless it would bring heavy rain wherever it makes landfall
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493. BahaHurican
6:22 AM EDT on April 23, 2008
490. torreoviedo 6:13 AM EDT on April 23, 2008

I wouldn't like to live in Myanmar or India

Boy, I sure hope this doesn't play out. And the place not to be in this scenario is Bangladesh. They were extremely successful in their storm warning efforts last year, so that less than 5000 people were killed in the storm that hit there. But think of 5000 dead as a LOW figure! They have had some terrible death tolls in the Ganges delta over the years . . .
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492. sullivanweather
6:22 AM EDT on April 23, 2008
Good morning, blogospherians!
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491. BahaHurican
6:12 AM EDT on April 23, 2008
Morning all.

So we have three storms in 3 different areas of responsibility now . . . interesting.

This is a situation that just doesn't develop here because our basin is not split.
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490. torreoviedo
10:13 AM GMT on Abril 23, 2008
HadesGod, not only CMC, GFS hint the same way

The first major to 2008,in the North Hemisphere, will come up to North Indian Ocean

Low shear, moisture environment, high TCHP on BOB...

I wouldn't like to live in Myanmar or India
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489. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:21 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
yup CMC has a dangerous looking Cyclonic Storm Nargis in the future.. and with the warm SST and low shear north of 10N in the BOB (Bay of Bengal).. it don't look good.
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488. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:19 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
7:00 AM UTC April 23, 2008

At 13:00 PM WIB, Tropical Cyclone Durga (CAT 1) [994 hPa] located near 9.2S 95.6E or 950 kilometres southwest of Bengkulu and 970 kilometres southwest of Kerinci has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts up to 55 knots. The cyclone is reported moving southeast at 9 kilometres per hour.

Probability of moderate into heavy rain and strong wind in West Sumatera, Weastern of South Sumatera, Western and Southern of West Java

HIGH WAVES could reach 3.0 meters or higher along Western waters of West Sumatera to Lampung and Southern waters of West Java

Cyclone Alerts
A CYCLONE WARNING continues for areas of Lebak, Pandeglang, Serang, Bengkulu Selatan, Bengkulu Utara, Rejang Lebong, Bandung, Ciamis, Cianjur, Garut, Kodya Bandung, Kodya Bogor, Kodya Sukabumi, Sukabumi, Tasikmalaya, Cilacap, Kodya Bandar Lampung, Lampung Barat, Lampung Selatan, Kodya Padang, Kodya Solok, Padang Pariaman, Pesisir Selatan, Sawahlunto-Sijunjung, Solok, Tanah Datar, Lahat and Musi Rawas.

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487. torreoviedo
9:08 AM GMT on Abril 23, 2008
Nargis come up....

In 2007, two cat.5 (GONU, SIDR). How many majors will form this years in the North Indian Ocean?
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486. moonlightcowboy
12:29 AM CDT on April 23, 2008
Talked to a missionary tonight that's been down (before) and after Felix three or four times - said I just wouldn't believe how they have to live. I have problems with that.
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4:58 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
there could be as many as 3 targets or more
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484. moonlightcowboy
11:35 PM CDT on April 22, 2008
The last couple of weeks have had some very nice, civil discussions and good tones (hopefully setting the pace, amicably with shared discernment) even with varying and somewhat different opinions. I suppose waning is in order as the season closes in. I know that things will heat up with the first lil bugger (where's lilfish - won't be complete without that good regular, lol).

Yes, it's early, and it's been interesting to follow some of whom I've respected here - their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming season. And, yes, though it's April (nearly May), the preliminary conclusions (absent CSU, etc) of the folks here seem to indicate/believe, a quite possibly active season is approaching.

And, while there are NO immediate worries, the anticipation builds for what even might be even the "one" storm that strikes somewhere. With the way things are leaning and with some odds (Gods know what they are); but, I just think it'll be nearly impossible for the CONUS to miss something this year.

Of course, adding salt to the wounds, are other factors many are facing - energy prices, other prices, food shortages, declining dollar, recession, inflation, etc...the discernment becomes more paramount.

One storm, just one - makes the season troublesome - no matter where it hits. It seems though, that there is much more that hangs in the balance (or imbalance) as it were, or may be. 2004, 05 were devastating for the CONUS. Last year set several records, despite a real CONUS landfall. I can't imagine floods in the Caribbean - Haiti, etc..., so, I'm not particularly looking forward to the season; but, still trying to reason with it!

It matters, and I know that many come with the same volition and concern - in anticipation for some kind of understanding of what's going on with the tropics and things to come; but also with the hopes and prayers that "somehow" that each will be spared the ravages of what can literally be so devastating. Someone, somewhere, likely already, has a target painted on them.

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482. moonlightcowboy
11:31 PM CDT on April 22, 2008
353. Drakoen 6:55 PM CDT on April 22, 2008
I can't wait for the season either to begin tracking waves, troughs, lows, etc...

...true enthusiasm, but it will be here soon enough. I've enjoyed the pre-season discussions, thus far, and simply looking for more! lol
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481. moonlightcowboy
11:26 PM CDT on April 22, 2008
I'm sorry, I guess I just expected more good discussion out of the last 250 posts. Some good stuff though, still.
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479. moonlightcowboy
11:23 PM CDT on April 22, 2008
...uuuuugggghhh, I can see the madness is coming!
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4:14 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
i wish the modify worked sorry vort i checking some sats bbl
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4:11 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
cells popin cen texas later vort
thats what its surpose to say
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4:04 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
as per 12 01 edt ir image
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4:04 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
north cen
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4:02 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
cell popin in cen texas vort
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3:58 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
there Qasi waitin on western disturbance entering w gom to catch up vort
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3:55 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
i wasnt tryin to post an image i was signing in on other site somehow i think i copied the link into the message post box i know the site has a copyright i pay to view its not given away free to view
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3:52 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
after that it just keeps doing the sasme thing i see the whole blog as my post
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3:49 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
iam lucky it wasnt hydrogen fuel cells or i would of blew up the blog
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3:48 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
i really dont know what i did copy it somehow i guess
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3:47 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
i know
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3:43 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
it was me
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455. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
3:42 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
It will be gone soon if you have the comment set to 50

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3:41 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
interesting hades
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451. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
3:39 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Name Meaning for the latest Tropical Cyclone

Javanese Mythology

Durga devours all of the wicked people, meaning that she destroys the evil..
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3:24 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
when i click it a second time the whole blog page comes up in comment and i scroll the entire blog to previos blog within the blog
its like the twilight zone
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3:20 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
i sent email to the dr about post 403 wait should hear something
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3:13 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
rosie s ind. sea
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Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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