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Windstorm

Windstorm

Trees sway in the breeze,

as it whispers dark secrets

of lands from afar.

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Lonely Cloud

Lonely Cloud

A lonely cloud floats:

a silent witness to the

goings-on below.

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My Cairn

My Cairn

Cairns are piles of stones used by many different cultures for various purposes. 

They are generally found in wilderness areas such as mountains and deserts to help guide travelers.  or mountainous regions, and also in barren desert and tundra areas as well as on coasts.  Tibetans also use cairns known as ovoos for Buddhist ceremonies. 

So make a cairn.  Help out a fellow hiker and practice the patience-testing art of cairn making.

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Radar Storm Front

Radar Storm Front

Yesterday, a big storm front came through New York and hit us pretty hard.   I captured this RADAR image off of Accuweather.  We use this fascinating technology just about every day, but few know what it is or how it works. 

Radar is an acronym that stands for RAdio Detection And Ranging.  The actual machine is a parabolic dish.  The radar itself does not delineate between rain and snow but AccuWeather’s proprietary algorithms do, based on atmospheric conditions.

RADAR uses electromagnetic waves to identify the range, altitude, direction, and speed of objects, including weather fronts.  When they come into contact with an object are scattered in all directions.  When it returns to the RADAR disc, the wavelength (which also changed) is amplified and measured to determine the above characteristics of the object.

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