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 NiƱa.

Jeff Masters

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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)
Thunderstorm
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 www.northpolegallery.com
Tonight's Aurora

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398. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:52 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
comment 394 as per 942 edt sat image ir 11 micron un-enhance
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397. FtWaltonBch2Tucson
6:54 PM MST on April 22, 2008
Ouch.... I don't recall the price difference being that bad between here and Fort Walton back in 2001 when I moved out to the high desert...

Looking out the windows here at the shop the expensive stations (Exxon, Shell) across the street are posting $3.39, so my station will be probably $3.20-25 right now... Even with the pipeline, I'm surprised we're that much cheaper up here in the mountains than Florida (I expect California to be more expensive, not a gulfside state).
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396. stormdude77
9:48 PM AST on April 22, 2008
Hello Pottery and Mike and everyone else!


The ITCZ is still fairly far south at this time (just above the equator). I'm sure it will move further to the north, as time goes on.

...THE ITCZ...

ITCZ AXIS IS CENTERED ALONG 6N9W 4N16W 2N26W 1N37W CROSSING THE
EQUATOR NEAR 42W TO 1S50W
. A SECOND ITCZ AXIS IS SOUTH OF THE
EQUATOR WITH THE MOST CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY. SCATTERED MODERATE/
STRONG CONVECTION IS INLAND OVER W AFRICA MOVING OFF THE COAST
OF LIBERIA. CLUSTERS OF SCATTERED MODERATE/ISOLATED STRONG
CONVECTION ARE FROM 2N TO S OF THE EQUATOR BETWEEN 30W-42W.
395. pottery
9:50 PM AST on April 22, 2008
p.s.
still paying less than 2:00 / gal here.
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394. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:32 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
ull off se ga has shifted a slightly w drifting s
mark 77.3w31.9n
movement 0.9s by 0.2w
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393. Stormchaser2007
1:43 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Dang I should really get a hybrid otherwise ill be facing $3.85 every week ,and that number will surely rise to!!
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392. pottery
9:42 PM AST on April 22, 2008
Good evening. I know that when people are talking gas prices, there aint much ado about the weather LOL
Here, at 11 n 61 w, the dry season is finally here, 3 months late ! But thats OK too. Time will tell, whether we get a wet season starting in June. If we dont, then........
I notice the ITCZ is still over Brazil, whats keeping it there ? Should it not be moving north by now ??
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391. Stormchaser2007
1:43 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Hey did you guys see this...this is the first time that theres been blue in the Atlantic.

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390. hahaguy
9:37 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
i just paid 3.85 here in port st lucie florida
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389. JMSevereWeatherTeen
9:33 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
hey guys
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388. FtWaltonBch2Tucson
6:31 PM MST on April 22, 2008
Where are you all at?!? I just paid $3.15 last friday here in Tucson...
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387. stormdude77
9:19 PM AST on April 22, 2008
Another feature that will play a part in this year's hurricane season is the MJO (green areas enhance convection, brown areas are unfavorable for convection).

386. extreme236
1:26 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
A front is connected to that low but its much more organized.
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385. extreme236
1:23 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
50W/35N that low looks interesting
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384. fire831rescue
1:19 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
WHERE'S A BLOB? DID YOU SEE A BLOB? DID SOMEBODY SAY BLOB? I DIDN'T SEE THE BLOB. DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A BLOB! OK, ENOUGH ABOUT BLOBS... LET'S TALK TROPICS...
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383. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:15 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
you're welcome

still waiting on TCWC Jakarta bulletin on possible Selwyn or Arimba.
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382. BahaHurican
9:10 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
Nice graphics, Drak.

Thanks for the update on Rosie, HGW.

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381. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:09 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Bureau of Meteorology - Perth
0:00 AM UTC April 23, 2008

At 0:00 am UTC a Tropical Cyclone Rosie [CAT 1] (988 hPa) located near 11.1S 106.8E has 10 minute sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts up to 55 knots. The cyclone is reported moving southeast at 6 knots.

Gale-Force Winds within 20 NM from the center increasing to 90 NM from the center is southern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Cyclone Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 12.0S 107.5E - 30 knots [Tropical Low]
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380. Drakoen
1:05 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Long range forecast (early next week)

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379. charley11
12:44 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Would anybody mind changing the subject to educate me as to the normality of a 3rd consecutive non-neutral Southern Oscillation?

Also, does El Nino usually succeed La Nina? isn't it the other way around?
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378. hurricane23
8:46 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
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377. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
12:47 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
$3.60 around here
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376. Crawls
12:41 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Are the natives restless already? Might be an interesting season.

What are the predictions for the Gulf this year?
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375. Drakoen
12:41 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
The model mean is for a 1026mb high by Darwin vs 1036mb high west of South America.
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374. hurricane23
8:40 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
372. HadesGodWyvern 8:37 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
Still think It will end up near $4-5.50 by July 4th weekend..

Already $3.90 down the street.
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373. Drakoen
12:36 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
I still think we are in for an above average season. Those SOI values may continue to go up as the numerical computer models are showing anomalously higher pressures around the climatological positions south of Tahiti. The models are showing weaker highs by Darwin along with some area of low pressure passing through the South Pacific through the 7 day forecast....
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372. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
12:36 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
Still think It will end up near $4-5.50 by July 4th weekend..
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371. Tazmanian
5:32 PM PDT on April 22, 2008
keep all hurricanes out of the gulf this year Please thats gos for 90L too gas is vary high right now and we dont want it too go any higher thanks to a cat 5 hurricane in the gulf so keep all 90L and hurricanes out of the gulf ans will be ok for gas
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370. hurricane23
8:30 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
This year could very well produce a normal season numbers wise but landfall wise it could be a different story.

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369. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
12:27 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
baha i think its only on masters blog u can not modify all others are ok i email admin but no response yet i figure it just a way for admin to see all posts and no one can say they didnt post it maybe
still waiting for a response from amin
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368. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
12:27 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
The north Indian did not become a cyclone just yet

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Edit I don't get it.. I am not having problems editting my comments.
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367. BahaHurican
8:25 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
365. hurricane23 8:23 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
Wow guys chill on the caffeine!No need to bite my head of.Of course the blob watch goes almost year long on the blog.


Hey, 23, it's the anticipation. I think we're all a bit "antsy" and fidgety now . ..
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366. BahaHurican
8:01 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
Evening everybody,

Geez, I wonder if we can keep it this polite all season . .. . lol

But, SERIOUSLY . . .

247. TerraNova 3:20 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
What the heck.....have a look at everything:

Huh? Is there something I'm missing? ...


I noticed the three Indian ocean systems, myself. Aren't all three of them now TCs? or is that northern 1 still just an invest?

Drak, I'm really sorry u can't modify that post. The images aren't too big (they look the same size as u usually post) but for some reason they are showing on the same line. The way they are, they are 2x the size of my screen, which means normally I have to keep scrolling left and right to read every other message. Fortunately for me, the HIDE button works. It's a pity I have to go back and hide the message every time I refresh though . . .

Has anyone at all gotten a response from Admin on the "no edits" issue? Normally they pay attention to stuff like that . . .
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365. hurricane23
8:21 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
Wow guys chill on the caffeine!No need to bite my head of.Of course the blob watch goes almost year long on the blog.
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364. Drakoen
12:14 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
362. Weather456 12:13 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
360. hurricane23 8:08 PM AST on April 22, 2008
lol guys june1 its possible we might not have anything to track till mid july or so.

Tropical Cyclones are not the only tropical features we can track come June 1. Tropical cyclones are interesting yes but there are many other things we can learn and track while we wait for TD 01. :-)



exactly lol. I'm interested in the waves as well.
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363. CaneAddict
12:09 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
360. hurricane23 12:08 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
lol guys june1 its possible we might not have anything to track till mid july or so.


You know what we mean, No need to get all technical. Damn.
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362. Weather456
8:10 PM AST on April 22, 2008
360. hurricane23 8:08 PM AST on April 22, 2008
lol guys june1 its possible we might not have anything to track till mid july or so.


Tropical Cyclones are not the only tropical features we can track come June 1. Tropical cyclones are interesting yes but there are many other things we can learn and track while we wait for TD 01. :-)
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361. CaneAddict
12:06 AM GMT on April 23, 2008
341. Weather456 11:33 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
334. CaneAddict 7:16 PM AST on April 22, 2008
333. Weather456 11:12 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
I NEVER base my forecast's or predictions on my gut feeling, I just made an opinion based on my feelings.

ohok

I hope you did'nt mean that as a sarcastic remark. I really don't feel like getting in an agrument already.

No...I didnt mean it that way...I wasnt implying that ur basing it on guts. I saw ur point so I agreed with it.


Oh alright! I really value your opinions and post's, No harsh feelings!
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360. hurricane23
8:07 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
lol guys june1 its possible we might not have anything to track till mid july or so.
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359. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
11:59 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
38 days 456 38 days
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358. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
11:56 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
i can track it right to the front door ca an i am sure there are a few others here that can do the same thing
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357. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11:57 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
94B.INVEST

Nargis?!
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356. Weather456
7:56 PM AST on April 22, 2008
I am more interested in tropical waves this year than other features.
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355. Drakoen
11:55 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
I meant "wouldn't reach much into it"
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354. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
11:46 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
thats what may produce any developement gwx if any with the ull dry air behind is inhibiting but moving in same direction as the disturbance and should pull ne ward with the progression of the system also noting strong easterly flow over s carb. n of sa. moving east this zone is also nudging ne ward in turn which should aid on pulling western itzc over sa ne into se carb and along shore of n sa.
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353. Drakoen
11:54 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
I can't wait for the season either to begin tracking waves, troughs, lows, etc...
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352. Drakoen
11:51 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
SOI graph showing a very minuscule spike. I would read much into it unless the spike stays consistent.
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351. Weather456
7:49 PM AST on April 22, 2008
I wish June 1 would hurry up and arrive so we can put these predictions behind us. Lol
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350. aquak9
7:50 PM EDT on April 22, 2008
caneaddict- here on WU, the gut feeling is known as the GI model

(gasto-intestinal)

:)
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349. Drakoen
11:45 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
Yea the SOI is on a bit of an upward trend. Even if the SOI were to dip down into the negatives that still does not necessarily mean an El nino and/or and inactive season for us. Let 2004 be an example of that. The fact the the SOI values are still up is a plus for activity this season.
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348. GatorWX
11:43 PM GMT on April 22, 2008
No doubt, the low in question is drawing needed moisture off the other low to its se.
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