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April showers bring May…

Actually, that title is a double lie right now.  It’s not April, nor have there been any showers.  In fact, this week was the first rain I’ve seen at my house all winter, and it was less than half an … Continue reading

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Strange drainage network

Establishing a sequence of events responsible for creating a particular feature or landscape is a primary goal of geology. This involves establishing which event or feature came first, whether it be the sequence of rocks in a mountain range or … Continue reading

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“I’ve got a bike, you can ride it if you like”

Back in college, a buddy of mine gave me an old Sears-Roebuck bicycle in a partially disassembled state. Using my mechanical skills, I re-assembled the bike and have been riding is everywhere since. Despite being nearly 50 years old, the … Continue reading

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Infiltration versus runoff

Around here, people frequently make the following remark about rainfall: “What we need is one of those steady rains that soaks in instead of just running off.” I venture that comment bears similarity to many comments made at feed stores … Continue reading

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Arizona tornadoes

I previously posted a photo I took of a strange looking cloud over the Phoenix area. Here it is one more time: Anomalously strong storms pummeled the entire state of Arizona on October 5-6, and eight confirmed tornadoes touched down … Continue reading

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Southern Arizona’s “spring”

Two years in northern Utah taught me the meaning of Spring. Around the middle of March, I greatly anticipated a rebirth life as the clouds lifted and sunshine once again graced my skin. Days felt happier and activities moved out … Continue reading

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Weird cloud

A thunderstorm came through Phoenix this afternoon.  I’ve heard the expression “an angry-looking sky”, and that definitely was true today.  I can best describe the clouds as “low tumblers”, “turbulent clumps of fog”, or “atmospheric peristalsis”.  Here is a photo … Continue reading

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The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

Yesterday, I toured the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum before its “conversion” into Arizona’s “Centennial Museum”. Outside are a few historical artifacts from Arizona’s mining past, and inside is an impressive collection of minerals. The impressive mineral collection focuses on … Continue reading

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More on the Arizona Monsoon and Urban Heat Island

While unemployed. I am attempting knowledge retention through reading the books that once decorated my office shelf. Reading science books probably won’t win me the ladies, but it at least feels more productive than watching television. A few years ago … Continue reading

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Lake Mead is drying up

Despite the belief of many Arizonans that the current drought is a liberal conspiracy, Lake Mead is drying up. Here is a recent image from NASA: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=45945 This is a big deal. If the lake level drops another 12 feet, … Continue reading

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