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Are presidential candidates’ views on climate change correct?

The observational evidence that the Earth is warming is overwhelming and unmistakable.

Surface observations of temperature over land and ocean have shown that all but one of the 15 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. the average length of the ice season on a collection of widely distributed Northern Hemisphere lakes, each with at least 150 years of continuous record, has decreased by over two weeks. The areal extent of the Northern Hemisphere’s wintertime cold pool has systematically shrunk in the last two winters recording the smallest seasonal average cold pool areas since records began in 1948-1949. Continue reading

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Are thunderstorms dangerous to aircraft?

Aircraft avoid thunderstorms to avoid potential threats or dangers. But encountering severe weather occasionally happens.

Jet aircraft carry weather radars to detect and thus avoid the violent updrafts of storms. These updrafts have strong, turbulent winds and can carry hail. You probably have experiences with hail falling on the ground, but hail can also cause damage to planes flying at 10,000 or even 30,000 feet. Continue reading

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Do snowballs in Washington, D.C., count as evidence against global warming?

Last week, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the current chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, brought a snowball fashioned from accumulated snow in Washington, D.C., onto the floor of the United States Senate.

Inhofe used the snowball as proxy “evidence” of, in his words, the “hysteria on global warming.” Continue reading

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What is baseball’s longest streak of games being rained out?

Baseball fans in our area are likely quite pleased with the persistent success of the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers who lead the National League Central by 1.5 games as of this morning. Since the opening of Miller Park in 2001, Brewers … Continue reading

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Why does the moon look red during a lunar eclipse?

Why does the moon look red during a lunar eclipse? In a total lunar eclipse the sun, earth and moon line up and the Earth casts its shadow on the moon. The moon is always a full moon during a … Continue reading

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