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In Celebrattion of Earth Day

By: Dr. Jeff Masters,

In celebration of Earth Day, I urge all of you to go outside and spend one or more minutes in silence, just looking up at the sky or clouds, and absorbing what the atmosphere is doing. Note the direction the wind is blowing, what sounds it is making, and the flight patterns of any birds or insects through the air. Note the type and movement of any clouds, then picture how the air movement over your location is embedded in the large (synoptic) scale motions of the air (is the air moving around a high or low pressure system over you?). Feel your connection to this beautiful and awesomely powerful part of nature. The atmosphere is a truly wondrous creation!

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

What a great blog/photo site to stumble upon on Earth Day. Should be Earth and Sky Day, what's one without the other? As one who would have to confess to being mesmerized by the satellite channel more than once in my life, I would agree we should all go out and look up and around us as you suggest, but the Earth from above is amazingly beautiful, too. Thanks for the reminder to take in all the astounding--and free--beauty around us today and every day.
Today was both beautiful and emotional. The weather here aptly reflected that.

Contemplation of the enviroment means people too. The recent murder of an activist who is from my town, but I did not know her (Marla Ruzicka), and the serious illness of a family friend who I know very well, have made me more sensitive to the changes in the weather today. Bright and sunny to rainy in the blink of an eye. People can leave us that quick, too. Earth Day is important, because we try a little harder to be better, more compassionate for at least for little while.
-Kath from Lake Co., CA
Dr Jeff, I often take a few moments to just "observe" the world around us. I am
very much interested in what makes the weather happen, and the effect it has on us.
My father was a meterologist in the Navy,
and he passed on his interest to me at an eary age. I am now 49, and still am very
fascinated by nature,flying, and the weather..
have agreat day!
Tom from Smithville, NJ
Thank you for founding Weather Underground. I am completely addicted to the photos, and look forward to becoming addicted to the blogs as well. Also hope to get a camera and start to post pictures.
Contemplation is good. Action is better. After meditating let's get rid of the SUVs, drive slower, set the thermostat back, recycle, stop using Chem lawn, and do whatever you can to preserve the earth.

Ahhhhh, what a wonderful planet.
Guess posting in the comments section of the blog wasn't a popular thing back then...
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Guess posting in the comments section of the blog wasn't a popular thing back then...


No not really, WU started getting the 1,000+ a day deal during Rita.
I feel like I am in the Back to the Future movie...
Quoting emcf30:
I feel like I am in the Back to the Future movie...


We set the WUalorian to April 23rd, 2005.
Not many bloggers back then. Time sure change!
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Guess posting in the comments section of the blog wasn't a popular thing back then...

Back when we were young.
Hey... Adding one more comment to the very first blog.
First blog. History above.
-GeorgiaStormz
Hey guys its 2016 over here, Im looking for this legendary "Rainbow 360" post... but I found this instead. Hope everyone is having a nice decade ago!
Doc, if ya wanna check this blog, i may tell you you spelled celebration wrong.