Archive for January, 2010

Jeff’s visit to New Hampton

January 30, 2010 0 Comments
Jeff’s visit to New Hampton

Thanks to the fine folks in New Hampton!  I got to spend the day with the Talented and Gifted students at New Hampton Elementary and Middle School.  We took a slideshow behind-the-scenes tour of KWWL…saw how we put the newscasts on TV every day…and looked at some of the tools that I get to use to […]

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Big storm hits Australia

January 24, 2010 0 Comments
Big storm hits Australia

Tropical Cyclone Magda moved across The Western part of Australia with wind gusts around 75 mph.  You might notice by looking at the photo below…in the Southern Hemisphere storms rotate the opposite direction!  Storms here spin counter-clockwise…while down under they spin clockwise!

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Jeff’s trip to Cascade

January 23, 2010 0 Comments
Jeff’s trip to Cascade

Many thanks to the folks at Aquin Elementary in Cascade!  I had a nice time visiting with the 2nd graders.  We looked at pictures of clouds and talked about storms.  The entire school was having a penny war to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  The object of a penny war is to put […]

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What causes Hoarfrost?

January 13, 2010 1 Comment
What causes Hoarfrost?

On my way to visit Clarksville I noticed that the sky was rather foggy…so there was quite a bit of moisture in the air that day.  As I got closer to Clarksville I saw the trees were flocked with hoarfrost.  Also called “White Frost”, hoarfrost forms when small drops of water freeze on objects.  In […]

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Jeff’s trip to Clarksville

January 13, 2010 1 Comment
Jeff’s trip to Clarksville

I had the chance to visit with Ms. Halverson’s class in Clarksville on Tuesday, January 12.  It was COLD and snowy in Clarksville, but the second graders were a great group and I enjoyed my time with them.  We talked about the different seasons, cloud names, tornadoes and hurricanes.  We also read the book “Thundercake” […]

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How does snow cover affect the temperature?

January 8, 2010 0 Comments
How does snow cover affect the temperature?

The Sun is the “engine” that runs our weather.  Radiation from the Sun reaches the Earth…the Earth absorbs the solar radiation and warms the atmosphere from below.  January is typically the coldest month of the year.  So far January 2010 is living up to that frigid reputation.  A couple reasons…#1 is the short January days.  […]

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How thick is the ice?

January 4, 2010 0 Comments
How thick is the ice?

The recent cold snap is good news/bad news for ice fishermen!  Bad news is that the wind chills have been especially nasty lately…good news is that the cold air is helping thicken the ice.  How thick does it need to be before we can safely venture out onto the ice?  A nice link from the Minnesota […]

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What is Perihelion?

January 2, 2010 0 Comments
What is Perihelion?

As the Earth orbits the Sun, it follows an elliptical path rather than a circular one.  Also, the Sun isn’t exactly in the middle of the Earth’s orbit…rather, it is off to one side just a bit.  As a result, the distance from the Earth to the Sun changes during the course of the year.  […]

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