Have you ever had that sinking feeling?

At 1039 GMT on 7 December 1972 Jack Schmitt from the crew of Apollo 17 took one of the most iconic, and certainly most reproduced photographs of all time.  NASA named it photograph AS17-148-22727, but very shortly after the picture went public it became known as ‘the blue marble’.  It is of course the picture of the near full-earth disk taken on route to the moon, with the sun directly behind the Apollo 17 spacecraft.  Interestingly it was not the first of these kinds of images from of earth.

Study explains science behind newly recognised cloud: asperitas

Clouds have always been a feature of paintings and photographs, but images captured by amateur photographers confirmed the existence of a dramatic cloud form with a roughened, wave-like base. Citizen science has now helped experts to explain how the newly-recognised ‘wave-like’ asperitas cloud is formed.  

Spring Bird Migration and the Weather

My passion for bird watching began before my passion for the weather. However, because bird watching is very dependent upon the weather I have been able to enhance my bird watching skills by considering the dependence of bird behaviour on the weather.

Bird migration, in both the spring and autumn migration, is a prime example of where the weather influences the behaviour where wind direction and rainfall play a key part on the movements of birds. The spring migration (March-May) is useful for assessing population changes and survival of species over the winter.

World records for extreme weather-related mortality

As world population continues to grow alongside changes in global climate, there is a greater risk to a larger proportion of the population from a multitude of climate and weather phenomena. 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recently announced the world record for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms: