Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~John Ruskin

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nicolaus Copernicus

Image result for nicolaus copernicusNicolas Copernicus was an astronomer and mathematician that was born on February 19, 1473 in Torun, Prussia (Modern day Poland). Between 1491 and 1494, he studied liberal arts such as astrology and astronomy at the University of Cracow. He then went to Italy to resume his studies at the University of Bologna during the years 1496 and 1500. After his educational years, he went and worked for his uncle, Lucas Watzenrode, who was the prince of Warmia at the time. (Northern Poland). There, he was his secretary and physician from 1503 to 1510. He took part in all of his uncles duties, that include political, ecclesiastic, and administrative duties. Ontop of this, he accompanied his to the Royal Prussian Diet,(Parliament). He wrote a book De Revolutionibus orbium coelestium during.his years, talking about his view to the solar system, which is how the Sun is a fixed point for the planets. He also stated that on top of the earth revolving around the sun, it also spins on its axis once a day, and that it also changes in its axis, which is why we have equinoxes. Copernicus died of a stroke on May 24, 1543. He made large contributions to the field of meteorology. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Supersttorm of the Century

Superstorm of the Century

On March 12, 1993 a superstorm had appeared on the eastern side of the United States. The storm had spread from Cuba all the way to eastern Canada. Forming in the Gulf of Mexico from three jet streams; Polar Jet, Pacific Jet, and Subtropical Jet. The three jet streams merged into one and then traveled up north to Canada. This storm was a combination of blizzards, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. About three to four days of intense weather along the east coast. Blizzards having snowfall up to forty inches of snow. around eleven tornadoes down in the Florida region.Coastal flooding and intense waves that rose up to 50 and 60 feet. Around $6 million dollars in damage from the storm and more than 300 killed from this catastrophe. This was the Storm of the Century and will be remembered.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is one of the worst hurricanes to hit the US. The Hurricane first formed 200 miles southeast of the Bahamas Aug,23,2005. At first it was considered a tropical depression, but after gaining a band of storm clouds it was named Tropical storm Katrina. One Aug 25 Katrina, a moderate category 1 hurricane at the time, headed into southern Florida and caused some flooding. After leaving Florida and heading to the ocean Katrina re-intensified near the Gulf of Mexico.  During that time it became a category 5 hurricane.  Before it hit land it became a category 3 hurricane before hitting the Louisiana-Mississippi border Aug.29.  With winds blowing at 120 mph the hurricane caused major damage. The hurricane destroyed levees and flood walls  causing major flooding. 80% of New Orleans and large portions of nearby parishes became flooded and water did not recede for weeks. Aug 31 the hurricane became an extra tropical low and later died out. Hurricane Katrina left many hurt and without homes the city has recovered but the hurricane left a scar that everyone in the USA can see.

Friday, September 16, 2016

T. Theodore Fujita

Tetsuya Theodore Fujita was born on October 23, 1920 in Kitakyushu City, Japan. In Japan, he attended Meiji College of Technology to get a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and then Tokyo University to receive a Doctoral Degree. After graduating from Tokyo University, he moved to the United States and joined the Meteorology department at the University of Chicago. Here, he spent his life researching tornadoes. Some of the things he discovered were the Fujita Scale, which estimates a tornado's intensity, and a downburst, which are patterns of intense winds from rain clouds, which hit the ground and fan out horizontally. He also introduced several concepts to the field of meteorology. He introduced the concept of the tornado "family", which is when a sequence of tornadoes spawn together, the "multiple vortex tornado", which is when a tornado has more than one vertex, and some terms such as "wall cloud" and "tail wall". Overall, Fujita contributed alot to the field of meteorology.