Mild Winter and Lake Michigan’s Ice Formations

The following post is in two parts. The first part, originally published on the GSC’s website, documents ice formations on Lake Michigan from the winter of 2009-2010, one of the more robust winters in Chicago history.  The second part documents ice formations on the the same patch of lakefront this past January, during what has turned out to be one of the mildest winters on record.  The difference is pretty remarkable.  Click through to see for yourself…

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Monday News and Links

  • Those of us living in the Midwest got our first taste of tornado season this past weekend as 100+ tornadoes touched down late Saturday and early Sunday across Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.  The New York Times reports that casualties were minimal thanks to advanced warning and increased severity of warnings in the wake of last year’s unusually deadly season.  “This is a life-threatening situation. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter,” read one Wichita, KS warning sent out this weekend.  The National Weather Service is experimenting with new, “blunter” language in an attempt to more directly convey the severity of their warnings.  It’s unclear whether the new warnings saved any lives this past weekend, or whether people are paying more attention after what happened last year, but it’s an interesting move by the NWS whose warning system has sometimes been criticized for “crying wolf.”
  • This link has gone somewhat viral over the past two weeks but, if you haven’t seen it, here is a stunning live map of US wind patterns.
  • More weather phenomena: 15 Incredible Cloud Formations
  • A year after the massive tsunami that devastated Japan last spring, the first of the debris expected to wash up on North American shores has done so.

Amazing Geography Photos

GSC Board Member Steve Jansen passed along a collection of incredible geography images from the photo site twisted sifter.  Here’s one…

The Cloud Covered Island of Litla Dimun

Click through to view the rest…

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