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Tropical Storm James T. Kirk

On Sunday, the US National Weather Service predicted the demise of then Tropical Storm, now Hurricane Kirk. Oh, NWS. Like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target. Link -via Theresa Coleman

Twin Waterspouts

Photo: Tim Osborn / NOAA Coast Survey Tim Osborn, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coast Survey, was on Grand Isle, Louisiana. when he spotted something weird in the sky: "[A man] [...]

Four Feet of Hail in Texas

Photo: Potter County Fire Department – via US National Weather Service Facebook Page Everything is bigger in Texas, but this is ridiculous: 4 feet of hail blanketed an area north of Amarillo. "That [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition

Tornado Season 2011 has begun in the extreme – as of May 23, Mother Nature had unleashed a whopping 1,151 twisters in the U.S., more than double the 506 that had touched ground by this same time in 2010. “Sudden Gust” It is believed that a journal entry made by Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop [...]

Where’d the Pier 39 Sea Lions Go?

Image Composite: Left: flickr/wallyg. Right: Twitter/@GarySoup If you’ve been to the Fisherman’s Wharf part of San Francisco in the past twenty years, chances are you’ve seen (and heard) the resident sea lions that call Pier 39 home. I’d spend long stretches of time just observing them and their behavior patterns, and always found them neat. Since about [...]