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2012-07-30 13:49:09

After the fall of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, water distribution in Central Asia became a source of conflict. In areas where summer precipitation is low, glaciers play an important role when considering the quantity of available water. The Tien Shan region is a prime example; mountain glaciers in this region contribute significantly to the fresh water supply in the arid zones of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Northwestern China. Like Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan...

Reign Of Acid Rain Is Far From Over
2012-07-26 05:46:01

New connection between climate change and acidification of Northeast's forests and streams Acid rain. It was a problem that largely affected U.S. eastern states. It began in the 1950s when Midwest coal plants spewed sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air, turning clouds--and rainfall--acidic. As acid rain fell, it affected everything it touched, leaching calcium from soils and robbing plants of important nutrients. New England's sugar maples were among the trees left high and...

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2012-07-11 03:00:08

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from July 10: The Southeast was the targeted area yesterday for severe weather including one tornado near the North Carolina shoreline. The majority of the reports were strong wind gusts like the one in Tuscaloosa, AL which was reported at 65mph leading to damage. Hail around the size of 1.75in was also reported in Florida. Big Story Weather Outlook: Low pressure moving off the coast near Virginia will bring thunderstorms from...

2012-07-10 10:22:20

Shining light between drops makes thunderstorm seem like a drizzle Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation. The system, demonstrated in laboratory tests, prevents the distracting and sometimes dangerous glare that occurs when headlight beams are...

New Smart Headlights Dodge Raindrops
2012-07-07 07:58:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever tried to dodge rain drops in a downpour? Well, that´s exactly what one new set of headlights are able to do. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a smart headlight that can predict where rain falls, and adjust the light beams accordingly. The researchers set out to develop a system that switches off rays of light that hit raindrops by using low-cost, off-the-shelf components. The team ended up with a...

2012-07-03 10:29:57

The influence of aerosols (small particles less than 1 micrometer in diameter) and clouds (liquid droplets 1 — 1000 micrometers diameter) represents one of the largest uncertainties in our understanding of trends in past global climate and predicting future climate change, as recognized by the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One of the most significant 'known unknowns' is how quickly water can condense on the small aerosol particles to grow and become...

2012-07-03 10:28:50

Tree ring and oxygen isotope data from the U.S. Pacific Northwest do not provide the same information on past precipitation, but rather than causing a problem, the differing results are a good thing, according to a team of geologists. The researchers are trying to understand the larger spatial patterns and timing of drought in the arid and semiarid areas of the American West. "We generally understand that the Medieval Climate Anomaly, a warm period in much of the northern hemisphere...

Big Uncertainties For The Global Water Budget
2012-06-13 16:31:13

Results of Latest Models for Regional Precipitation and Temperature Distribution Deviate Strongly / Number of Measurement Stations Worldwide Is Decreasing Dramatically No life without water. Catastrophes like droughts or strong rains reflect our dependence on the water cycle and climate system. Hence, it is important to understand details of the water cycle among the atmosphere, oceans, and land. A study in the Journal of Hydrometeorology now outlines significant differences of global...


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Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Weather Education - Orographic Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:40:16

Orographic thunderstorms are formed when the air is pushed up a mountain side. This type of thunderstorm is found only on the windward side of a mountain range. In the United States we would find these types of thunderstorms on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and also on the western slopes of the Appalachians. Things that make this thunderstorm important: First of all they only form in certain geographical places on the earth as mentioned above. But they can form anywhere in the...

Rare Snow Visits South Africa August 7, 8 2012
2012-08-08 09:26:03

The area in red in the above image has been experiencing winter weather which is quite rare to the region; also at this time many places are still seeing rain and snow. From the South African Weather Service, they are forecasting for the Eastern Cape “Very Cold with snow heavy at times.” The majority of the regions in red in the image are going to see more rain and snow today, and some places may see heavy snowfall. Looking at forecast models of the region they will continue to see...

Winter Weather Outlook For November-January For Austin Texas
2012-12-29 12:33:08

November 2012:  The area is going to see a warm start to the month as temps will average in the 60-70F range with a few days rising into the 80’s and also a few days in the 50’s possible. Precipitation on the whole will be around 2-4inches for the month; while there will be none in the form of snowfall. There will be a high chance for an overnight freeze during the month. December 2012:  Temps will fall for the month of December as high temps will be in the 50-70F range during the...

Precipitation Record For Spokane WA Area First Six Months Of 2012
2012-07-01 11:32:28

January 2012: Started out dry as the area only received 1.06in of rainfall which is about .76in below normal leading to an annual deficit of .76in. February 2012: Followed in January’s footsteps as being dry again; the area got only .99in of rainfall which lead to the annual deficit becoming 1.01in. March 2012: The area received a nice welcoming 3.29in of rainfall on the month which is about 1.92in above normal and brought the annual amount back to a positive 1.08in. April 2012:...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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