Category Archives: weather

Snow train

If you live in the northern bits of North America now, you may wonder what happens to trains when there’s a lot of snow. Well, many are stopped, but some indefatigable trains plow on. Here’s one of them: a freight train identified as “CN train 406 West at Salisbury, NB [New Brunswick], February 3, 2015″. It’s Canadian, […]

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow

Yes, today is Groundhog Day, and the fabled prognosticating groundhog from Pennsylvania (Marmota monax) saw his shadow, which means we’re in for six more weeks of winter weather. Has he been accurate in his predictions over the years? Go here to find out. h/t: Melissa

Still moar snow!

Oy gewalt! It’s still coming down. The last call for my area was 18 inches of snow (that’s 46 cm), and it’s still falling fairly heavily. The temperature is 11ºF (that’s -12ºC), and traffic on sidestreets is nonexistent: they haven’t been plowed. On my way home yesterday, it was already pretty deep: These cars won’t get out unless […]


It’s still coming down, we’re predicted to get between 8 inches and a foot of it, and most flights are cancelled at O’Hare and Midway airports. I knew it was going to snow, but deliberately avoided peeking out the window so I could be surprised when I went outside. And, when I walked out the […]

Cold weather tip

Reader Peter reminds us to take special care about animals in the cold weather:   ~

A double rainbow in Oz

Well, from near Perth, Australia. The reason you can see the whole thing is that it’s taken from the air. As Science News explains: A full double rainbow, captured from a helicopter flying over Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, frames a golf course near Perth. A downpour reflects light from the setting sun back toward […]


Two cloud pictures, both authentic as far as I can see From the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Facebook page: But God is a jester, so we get this one, too (From PuffHo via photographer Jamie O’Connell) h/t: Hempenstein      

A trifecta lightning strike in Chicago

We’ve had some bad storms here lately, and I’ve been able to watch the lightning from my balcony. Sometimes the lightning is so heavy that the skies seem lit up almost constantly. But on June 30 we had a real Midwestern corker, one that yielded an amazing video showing a simultaneous lightning strike on Chicago’s […]

It’s snowing again!

It’s spring, for crying out loud, and when I checked the weather forecast this morning there was no snow predicted. Then, a few hours ago, the white stuff started falling again, and not too lightly, either. Here’s what the quad looks like now: Is this going to be like 1816, “the year without a summer,” […]

Sun dogs in Canada

I really shouldn’t publish any more of Diana MacPherson’s photos until she stops vandalizing the toilet rolls of her friends and in restaurants, but these were too good not to post. They are of a solar phenomenon that I would describe, but I’ve been writing all day and am too tired to look it up. […]


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