Sky Tears

In our third Sit Spot, we were challenged to make observations without using sight to help us. I really enjoyed this activity because the particular day that we did this, it was raining. I had never really thought about what rain feels like against your skin because I’m always freaking out about not getting being in the rain. It was relaxing to sit down and think about how it feels when it rains, where the rain comes from and how it gets back to you.

Forest Canopy above my Sit Spot

Forest Canopy above my Sit Spot

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Jumbo Behind the Nimbo

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Nimbostratus clouds in WCC’s “bowl”

Doing a citizen science project has taught me so much. I thought I knew a lot about clouds, but I was just skimming the surface. In my previous post, Hero or Villian?, I talked about how low clouds impact the climate and that, according to my observations, we saw more nimbostratus clouds. So I would like to go more into depth about those clouds. You’ll learn just how important they are like I did.

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A Storm Is Coming…

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Cumulus clouds on WCC’ campus

Have you ever participated in a citizen science project? In my last post– The Madness Behind the Mundane— I briefly mentioned the citizen science project that I’m currently working on called S’COOL Rover. This is something I’ve been doing with my two classmates Megan Martin and Josh Rim. For S’COOL Rover we have to observe the temperature and cloud type, height, cover, and visual opacity for a given time that the website produced for us once we signed up. Continue reading

Scared Squirrels?

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The large vehicle tracks found in and around the “bowl.”

On sunnier, warmer days I normally see several squirrels in and out of the trees in what students on WCC campus call “the bowl.” However, on a cloudy and quite windy day, we saw no squirrels at all. At first I thought it may have been due to the strong winds and the absence of the sun and bright, vibrant colors sunlight brings to everything in it’s path; but, as I looked a little harder, I noticed that there were large vehicle tracks that sank deep into the mud and dirt of the paths in and around the bowl. This led me to the question: could the loud, rambunctious noise of construction vehicle’s have scared the squirrels away?

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Who Cares About Rain?

Some people like the rain and some don’t. Back in the days you have to know what the conditions of storms are to know if its going to rain or not. But now all you have to do is look online or the wheatear channel. But do you know the conditions for a good rain storm or even how much it rains where you live?

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Amount of rain that fell on 6/17/2014 by the WCC Greenhouse

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The Madness Behind the Mundane

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June 19th, 2014: Nimbostratus clouds on WCC’s campus

Yeah, I know. Clouds tend to be everyday things that aren’t very exciting, right? Well, not necessarily. Just seeing the could float by in the sky is merely scratching the surface. Everything from how they were formed to why they’re colored white is much more complicated than you may think. The diversity of clouds is quite phenomenal as well; they can be high or low, vast or choppy, fast or slow,  transparent or dense, good or bad, and all the while the way they form could be different! Recently I have been discovering so many interesting facts about clouds, and wish to share some. Continue reading

Hero or Villain?

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Nimbostratus clouds on WCC campus

A lot of people pay no attention to our clouds in the sky. They look at them and try to make animals and shapes out  of them but never really think about what they actually do for/against the planet. They don’t pay attention to how they affect global warming. Sure the big, low, fluffy clouds, are like heroes because they make the earth cooler, but what about the clouds high up in the sky, the bad guys, the villains, that trap the heat and don’t let it return to its home; space.

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