Temperature Gradients = Wind

I made a rather neat, yet meteorologically obvious, observation today. You may know that tighter pressure gradients produce stronger winds. But, tight temperature gradients can also create some strong winds. This is most notably observed at the surface with heat bursts. I was looking at 500mb temperatures, and noticed that when isotherms, or lines of […]

Great Read on Climate Change from Wall Street Journal

A great article was published about climate change in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Steven Koonin, a computational physicist with 40 years of scientific research under his belt, broke down climate change in an excellent fashion. Koonin addresses what we know about climate change now, and what are some of the unanswered questions moving forward. […]

The “Boiling Water Experience” Backfires

With a frigid cold airmass in place across much of the Continental US, many people have made up creative ways to play with science and mother nature.  If you’re not aware, a “boiling water becomes water vapor” experiment took mad across the country.  I even performed it myself.  Take a look at the previous post […]