Indy test a bust – weather uncooperative

The temperature sensor mounted on the vehicle using “Mr. Bendy’s” window mount The best laid plans of mice and men almost always is a slave to the whims of weather, and my UHI transect test in Indianapolis was no different. Night 1 was low overcast and misty, but I ran a transect anyway to work out…

Test Run in Indy

Yesterday I spent most of the day on the 51st floor (830 feet up) of the Chase Bank building (see arrow) configuring an automated Weather Channel display system. You can see the TV antennas on top of the building. Last night I took a route almost identical to the road shown above to do a test…

Blogging from Indianapolis – Technology is amazing

This picture is where I’m blogging from as I write this. The roof of a parking garage in downtown Indianapolis. My laptop in the foreground, the offices of the Indianapolis Star newspaper in the background. Digital Camera + Laptop+ Free WiFi from a local Hilton Hotel enables me to post this within a couple of…

My work featured in The Arizona Republic

Some of the work done by myself and surfacestations.org volunteer, Warren Meyer, was featured in an article today in “The Arizona Republic” titled Skeptics raise doubts on global warming. They missed a great chance though to publish the photo of the University of Arizona, Tucson, USHCN climate station of record sited in the middle of a…

Taurid Meteors tonight

Remember this one on video? The Jackson Lake Fireball of 1972 Since we’ll have a clear evening here in Northern California, I thought I’d mention this. The annual Northern Taurid meteor shower caused by Comet Encke is underway. Although Taurid meteor rates are normally low, only about five meteors per hour, those five can be…

Surfacestations.org News

California nearing completion for USHCN surveys. There are a number of surveys in the que that will soon be online, bringing California’s USHCN network to within half a dozen (or less) remaining to be completed. Watch for an update soon. B44 forms – Thanks to former California State Climatologist Jim Goodridge, we now have every…

Road kit

I just finished testing and putting together my road kit, as seen above. Can anyone guess what it is for? UPDATE: Ok I think I have enough guesses. “Coyote” nailed it pretty well. Good job Warren. The road kit is packaged for getting on an airplane, hopefully I’ll be able to explain it well enough…

Scientists trace cosmic rays to massive black holes

Above: (artist conception) Astronomers have discovered the biggest black hole orbiting a star 1.8 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, with a record-setting mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun. Henrik Svensmark is probably pleased to know where there source of cosmic rays is. Knowing that may help him hone his theory…

NASA blows wads of cash on celebration parties

From Slashdot: “NASA spends between $400,000 and $1.3 million on a party at every shuttle launch, according to CBS. Select personnel are treated to 5 days at a 4 star hotel. This year alone, they’ve spent $4 million on parties. NASA asked for, and was given, $1 billion more from the Senate this year. NASA…

2007 Weblog awards allows post closing voting

What a mess, the weblogs award has a major screwup, and people can still vote hours after the polls have closed. While my IE6 browser will not allow additional votes, my Firefox browser on the same machine will. See screencap: click for full sized image. I have several screencaps from an hour after poll closing…