If you live in the central Wisconsin area, be sure to pick up a copy of the “Best Of” City Pages this week. Our very own Brian Niznansky won “Favorite Weather Forecaster”. Three cheers! He does a great job for StormTrak9.
We receive a lot of viewer pictures here at the weather center. I like to display them on TV and sometimes we post a few in the weather blog. I just had to post this one because it is such a perfect scene. It was sent in by Pete & Karen in the Pickerel area, and no the picture is not from Pickerel Lake (although it would be interesting to see such a big sailing ship on an inland lake). They were apparently out on Green Bay fishing when the big ship passed by. Now I wish I could see something like that when I am out fishing. It looks like a perfect day with the calm water perfectly reflecting the light blue sky.
From the calm waters of Green Bay to the sky, here is another bit of eye candy for you: cool time lapse videos from the International Space Station. It is so interesting to see the northern lights from space. If you would like to see some images from a bit farther out in the “unseen” galaxy and universe, check out this expert series from Newscientist.
Of course I cover space topics from time-to-time in the blog because it interests me and a few years ago a couple people mentioned that they liked to hear about the latest exploration news. I balance this with the fact that many blog experts suggest that a blog should stick to a few well-defined subjects. Since there are so many other things going on in the world of science, weather, technology, alternative energy, and AGW (all things that interest me and I write about often), I was thinking about dropping the space news. That is, unless we get a handful of comments telling us to keep posting about it. So let your opinion be known – add a comment.
In recent space news, the most interesting development is a political one. NASA’s budget is shrinking and human space exploration is getting the business side of the axe. Before more programs are dropped many of what I would call the “old guard” are lobbying congress to bolster funding. Which again makes me wonder why there is such a fuss about retiring the space shuttle when the X-37B is performing quite nicely in space right now. Meanwhile, NASA keeps reaching out to private space firms for ideas and products – which is a good thing in my view. If the federal government cannot afford to build their own space capsules and rockets then let the private sector get it done. In this recent article we find out how many commercial space businesses ARE getting things done. Someone has to get it done because remaining on this planet is getting dangerous – as explained by Stephen Hawking.
Lastly, here is an fascinating story about some “living” cells that might have arrived from a distant galaxy. I think the odds are that they came from the earth, but I won’t rule out something extraterrestrial.
Have a fine weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on September 3, 2010