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Weather forecasting by pig spleen.

This (weather prediction) method according to the (Old Farmer’s) almanac, was devised by Gus Wickstrom of Tompkins, Saskatchewan. Every six months when Wickstrom slaughtered a pig, he carefully studied the animal’s spleen using a method passed down from his father.

Old Gus divided the spleen into six areas, each representing one month. The top section represented the current month and the bottom one the end of that six-month period.

“Where the spleen thickens, a change in the weather is indicated, usually pointing to a cold spell,” according to the almanac’s website. “Where there is a pronounced bulge, expect even more inclement weather.” Gus could even determine wind and rain variations from the spleen’s shape and size.

More via  Bangor Daily News

Probably as good a way as some of the “science” on which global warming is predicated.

January 2, 2011 Posted by | animals, Global warming, weather | Comments Off on Weather forecasting by pig spleen.

That recent snow in the NE US? Picnic weather.

Some people didn’t believe the stunning snow scenes from Japan. What kind of monster machines do they use to clean roads from snowfall as tall as a four-story building? A Gundam plow machine? Now you can watch how they do it.

Vide via This Is How They Deal With Snowpocalypse In Japan.

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Global warming, weather | Comments Off on That recent snow in the NE US? Picnic weather.

And so it begins…Stevens Pass, WA, US 2, Elevation 4010′

November 22, 2010 Posted by | weather | Comments Off on And so it begins…Stevens Pass, WA, US 2, Elevation 4010′

What a 20% chance of showers looks (and sounds) like in arid country

Video credit: Oldster

August 28, 2010 Posted by | lightning, weather | Comments Off on What a 20% chance of showers looks (and sounds) like in arid country

More global warming in Iowa. You can tell by the snow storm.

It’s the first day of Spring so, of course, Eastern Iowa is expecting 1 to 3 inches of snow, 25 mile an hour wind and temperatures in the mid 20’s. Are the tulips blooming yet?

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March 20, 2010 Posted by | Global warming, weather | | Comments Off on More global warming in Iowa. You can tell by the snow storm.

Russian snowmobile

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Cars, weather | | Comments Off on Russian snowmobile

And away we go! Up to 12″ of snow in Stevens Pass, WA, by tomorrow

The picture is of one of the ski lifts in Stevens Pass (4100 feet) in central Washington State.

Stevens Pass | Mountain Cams.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Global warming, weather | , , | Comments Off on And away we go! Up to 12″ of snow in Stevens Pass, WA, by tomorrow

Big Brother is watching you.

Is this someone looking down on us with their head in the clouds?

This evil face stares from the sky through a bizarre cloud formation.

Video at  The Sun |News.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | cool stuff, Strange, weather | Comments Off on Big Brother is watching you.

Flying bath tub

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Electricity had to be cut off after 75mph winds from Typhoon Morakot blew a [bath tub] onto 40ft high power cables in China.

The bath ended up resting on high voltage cables over a road in Longgang town, Wenzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, reports People’s Daily.

It is believed the [bath tub] was being thrown out by a nearby hotel and had been left on a balcony where the wind picked it up.

via Ananova – Typhoon blows bath on to power cables.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | Strange, weather | , | Comments Off on Flying bath tub

Global Warming brings killing frost warning

Local gardeners may want to take special measures to protect their plants this evening as a frost advisory has been issued for much of New York state, including Oneida County.

The advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 8 a.m. Monday.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-to-low 30s overnight, and a hard frost is likely as temperatures in colder areas approach freezing.

via The Observer-Dispatch.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | weather | | Comments Off on Global Warming brings killing frost warning

When China seeds clouds, they really seed clouds

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China closed 12 highways around the capital Beijing on Thursday because of heavy snow brought on after seeding clouds with chemicals, state media said on Thursday.

All outbound highways were closed in Hebei, the drought-hit northern province surrounding Beijing, after heavy snow fell on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency said.

In all, 12 highways, including one linking Beijing and Shenyang, capital of northeastern Liaoning province, were closed.

via  Environment | Reuters.

February 20, 2009 Posted by | weather | Comments Off on When China seeds clouds, they really seed clouds

A couple of stray weather stats for Spokane, Washington

The average annual snowfall in Spokane is 50″ a year. This Winter, from December 1, 2008 to January 5, 2009, snowfall is 74″.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | Global warming, weather | Comments Off on A couple of stray weather stats for Spokane, Washington

It snowed in Kenya…yet another example of global warming

More at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation:

Residents of Nyahururu north district were treated to a rare occurrence, when a heavy down pour of snow hit the area leaving a massive block of snow that covered a large expanse of land.

The Meteorological Department however explains that a heavy cloud blown from the Congo basin that froze once it approached the Nyandarua area caused the large snow.

Gathanji village in Nyandarua North district, and the residents here too could not believe their eyes after it begun to snow at 2.pm with the snow covering over 200 hectares of land.

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Global warming, Strange, weather | , | Comments Off on It snowed in Kenya…yet another example of global warming

Welcome to the (cough) Beijing (cough, cough) Olympics

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Scary, weather | , , | Comments Off on Welcome to the (cough) Beijing (cough, cough) Olympics

A cold day in North Dakota, 1966

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Global warming, People, weather | | Comments Off on A cold day in North Dakota, 1966

Michigan: Record snowfall this year. Darn that global warming!

More at MLive.com

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Snowfall records have been kept in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1880 and this year has already more than doubled the previous record. As an example, snowfall in March, so far with a week to go, has been 16.7 inches. “Normal” is just 8.3 inches. And it likely isn’t over yet. Ann Arbor’s average snowfall in April is 2.5 inches.

Evidently someone forgot to let Michigan in on global warming.

March 23, 2008 Posted by | weather | Comments Off on Michigan: Record snowfall this year. Darn that global warming!

Wanted: Light House Keeper (the last one quit)

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March 4, 2008 Posted by | weather | Comments Off on Wanted: Light House Keeper (the last one quit)

Big Mama … but she’s cold

More at Seacoastonline.com:

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The world’s tallest snowman [in Bethel, Maine] is no man.

The “snowwoman” towering over this village features eyelashes created from discarded skis and bright red lips made from painted car tires. She wears a giant red hat and a 100-foot-long scarf, and her blond tresses are made from rope. She gets a little bling from a snowflake pendant that’s 6 feet long.

“She’s a beauty. Gotta love those eyelashes,” said Robin Zinchuk, executive director of the local chamber of commerce and a chief instigator of the town’s offbeat project.

With the temperature in single digits, several hundred people, including busloads of schoolchildren, turned out for Friday’s dedication of the 122-foot-tall mountain of snow.

March 2, 2008 Posted by | Strange, weather | 1 Comment

First snow

There’s something special about the first real snowfall of the year…

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November 29, 2007 Posted by | weather | 1 Comment

Rainy day boater

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August 23, 2007 Posted by | People, weather | Comments Off on Rainy day boater