Did you hear the thundersnow during the big blizzard? Many people have asked whether or not it is real, and, in fact, yes, it is. It is very rare, but it does happen. This National Geographic Article, “Thundersnow” Facts: Mysterious Storms Explained, provides a quick summary of this phenomena. Here’s a quote:
Thundersnow starts out like a summer thunderstorm… The sun heats the ground and pushes masses of warm, moist air upward, creating unstable air columns.As it rises, the moisture condenses to form clouds, which are jostled by internal turbulence.The “tricky part” for making thundersnow, Market said, is creating that atmospheric instability in the wintertime.For thundersnow to occur, the air layer closer to the ground has to be warmer than the layers above, but still cold enough to create snow—a very precise circumstance.
Over the last week protests have escalated in Egypt. News reports tell stories of people demanding regime change with calls for freedom. The government has cut off Internet access to its people and there are reports that satellite phones have been jammed. Here are some sources to help keep you up on what’s happening:
As we enter the heart of summer, I thought it would be appropriate to send along this video from Talk of the Nation’s Science Friday: Seeing A Star In A New Light. This is a pretty cool video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) that was launched in February.
The following information was sent to us from the libraries at Western Illinois University:
Through an award from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) , the Western Illinois University Libraries and Illinois State Library have digitized many volumes of the Laws of Illinois; some of the volumes were digitized through Google’s books digitization project and the Hathi Trust Digital Library.Linda Zellmer, Government Publications & Data Services Librarian, Western Illinois University, has put together a web site with links to this set at:
Over the past decade, Google has morphed into THE superpower technology company. It has become ingrained in our lives. From search, to gmail, to youtube, to advertising, to a whole list of other online tools, Google plays a huge part in our lives and economy. That being said, Google knows a whole lot about you. Google has done a few things in recent years to help promote free speech on the Internet. They are not perfect, but they also are not controlling as they might be.
Well, one interesting site that I wanted to send along is a new site: Google’s Government Trends Request. Google has received 3850 request for data from US government agencies. They have had 123 request for the removal of information by these agencies. You can see how other countries of the world compare. I applaud Google for making this information public. This is the sort of open information that our society needs for a health debate about Internet policy.
Thirty five years after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien’s collection of stories about an American platoon, “The Things They Carried,” is being reissued as it celebrates its own 20th anniversary. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author about the experiences that led him to write the book.