Tempest in a teapot: International team of scientists describes swirling natural phenomena

Via press release: (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists can use cylinders as small as teapots to study the mechanisms involved in powerful hurricanes and other swirling natural phenomena. The earth’s atmosphere and its molten outer core have one thing in common: Both contain powerful, swirling vortices. While in the atmosphere these vortices include cyclones and…

Curious weather on Jupiter

From NASA’s APOD: Dark Belt Reappearing on Jupiter Credit: NASA’s JPL, U. Oxford, UC Berkeley, Gemini Obs. (North), USC Philippines Explanation: Why are planet-circling clouds disappearing and reappearing on Jupiter? Although the ultimate cause remains unknown, planetary meteorologists are beginning to better understand what is happening. Earlier this year, unexpectedly, Jupiter’s dark Southern Equatorial Belt…

New book: Slaying the Sky Dragon

I have not read this book, but it has been raising some volume in Skeptic websites. What strikes me is the number of authors, it has (9 by my count). Strangely, one of the authors, Oliver K. Manuel,  is a person I’ve banned from WUWT for carpet bombing threads with his vision of the Iron…