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January 08, 2015

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11:12 PM | U.S. Climate in 2014: One Country, A Tale of Two Regions
The second warmest December on record boosted 2014 to the 34th warmest year in the contiguous United States, according to a report released today by the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.  The record extends back to 1895. This marks the 18th consecutive year that the U.S. temperature exceeded the 20th century average. But it certainly wasn't close to being a record breaker in the United States (although it almost certainly will turn out that way globally for the […]
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5:38 PM | El Niño Turns into "El Limbo"
Last month, conditions in the tropical Pacific were looking increasingly El Niñoish. But right now, a better term for what's happening might be "El Limbo." The odds of a full-blown El Niño occurring are now just 50 to 60 percent, down from 65 percent last month, according to the monthly report from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center, released this morning.  What's more, if El Niño does finally emerge in the next few weeks, in all likelihood it won't last long. […]
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2:25 PM | A Snippet o’ Subduction Zone Goodness for Ye
If I ever become ridiculously rich, I’m going to open up a geological theme park. Can you imagine the rides? Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and more – all very exciting. And... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:21 AM | Here's Why Gasoline Prices are Plunging
Pic of the Day If you want to understand why gasoline prices have plummeted in recent weeks — and why gasoline futures today plunged to a new low — look no further than the photo above. It's a drilling rig in Weld County, Colorado, out on the high plains north of Denver. I spotted it when I was driving to the airport the other day to pick up my daughter. It was really big and lit up like a Christmas tree. So it was impossible to miss. Both oil and gas […]

January 07, 2015

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7:54 AM | The Arctic Streak
By now, you've probably heard of the polar vortex. But how about the Arctic streak? I just made that up, based on the animation above of GOES weather satellite images showing water vapor in the atmosphere streaking out of Canada from the northwest, down across the Upper Midwest and toward East Coast. I think it's a pretty good description of that elongating, well, streak. This clipper system ushered in an extraordinary dome of high pressure and bone-chilling Arctic air, […]
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6:42 AM | Mountain Wave Clouds Catch Fire at Sunset
Pics of the Day The setting sun conspired with some spectacular cloud formations this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 6th) to put on quite a fireworks display — perfect for the next installment of ImaGeo's new Pic of the Day feature. I think what we're seeing here is a classic example of a phenomenon known as mountain waves. It happens when relatively brisk winds blow across a mountainous barrier. The mountains you see in the photograph above are actually the foothills of […]

January 06, 2015

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9:10 PM | It’s a Brand New Year! What Are We Gonna Do With It?
Hello, and welcome to 2015 at Rosetta Stones! Are you ready for incredible geological goodness? Yes? Excellent! I’ve got Plans for ye: We’ll continue our Creation Earth Science Education.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:12 AM | A Time Lapse Shows Scudding Clouds Blown by Crazy Winds as the Arctic Moved on
Pic(s) of the Day The Arctic went out with a blast where I live in Colorado today — actually, with winds that blasted at up to 90 miles per hour up in the foothills of the Rockies west of me. It was zero degrees when I woke up, and then the winds began howling. By the late morning we went from the 20s to what seemed like balmy (mid-50s) in just a couple of hours. And the winds kept up all afternoon. So I grabbed my iPhone and camera gear and headed for a small lake near Boulder. It

January 05, 2015

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5:50 PM | Parts of the U.S. Forecast to be Colder Today Than a Swath of the Arctic Not Far From the North Pole
If you live in the U.S. Midwest and Great Lakes region, you probably don't need me to tell you that bitterly cold temperatures are spreading across the region. To offer just one bone-chilling example, the forecast high temperature for Chicago today is just 9 degrees F. And that doesn't even begin to tell the full story, since wind chill values will plunge as low as 20 below zero, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the map above showing forecast temperatures […]

January 04, 2015

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10:35 PM | Arctic Chill in Colorado May be Heading Your Way Next
Pic of the Day A deep-diving jet stream has made it downright Arctic-like here in Colorado lately. To capture the chilly character of what we've been enjoying or enduring (depending on whether you enjoy winter sports), I thought I'd share the image above. I shot it near my home in Niwot on January 1. And it's the latest installment in ImaGeo's new Pic of the Day feature. Whether you enjoy or just endure winter, a major blast of it may well be headed your way […]
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12:50 AM | Pic of the Day: A High Elevation Pine Forest in the Snow
Yesterday I started a new feature here at ImaGeo: Pic of the Day. Over the next year, I'll be trying to post one image every day here. Today's installment: The photograph above of a mixed conifer forest in Colorado's Front Range mountains west of where I live near Boulder. I went snowshoeing there today, and as you can probably make out, snow was coming down. No blizzard. Just enough to make it peaceful and beautiful. You're looking at a mix of lodgepole and limber pine. And I think th

January 03, 2015

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5:02 PM | Following Record Temperatures, Biggest Bushfire of the Summer Rages in Southern Australia
A bushfire visible from space is raging just outside the city of Adelaide in South Australia. The blaze has burned 42 square miles so far, an area about twice the size of Manhattan. Five homes are confirmed destroyed, and dozens more have likely been lost. This is said to be the worst bushfire in the area since the Ash Wednesday inferno in 1983. More than 70 lives were lost in that catastrophe. The #Adelaide #bushfire is still raging out of control tonight. Check this […]
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2:18 AM | Pic of the Day: Aqua Sky
Even excluding the iPhone in my pocket, I carry a camera almost everywhere I go. And like many folks these days, I enjoy sharing what I come up with on social media. So on New Years day, I decided to try posting a photo a day — and then I figured that I should tailor what I do for ImaGeo, and post the results here. It's a bit daunting —because life happens and has a tendency to get in the way of creative endeavors. But I'm going to give it a go. The photo above is […]
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