Monthly Archives: December 2008

Photography: Smoke and Fire

There’s a chance of thunderstorms in Pennsylvania in the next few days, thanks to the strangely warm weather. So why not break up the holiday-themed posts with some impressive thundering pictures as well?

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A supercell that became a Tornadic vortex signature lights up the night sky with lightning over Amarillo, Texas, May 6, 2008. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)

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Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 19 miles north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them.  (Carlos Gutierrez/Reuters)

Source: MSNBC Photoblog

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Happy Boxing Day!

Source: flowingdata.com

Merry Christmas

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
1137 PM EST WED DEC 24 2008

PAZ004>006-010>012-017>019-024>027-033>035-037-041-045-250645-

BEDFORD-BLAIR-CAMBRIA-CAMERON-CLEARFIELD-ELK-FULTON-HUNTINGDON-
MCKEAN-MIFFLIN-NORTHERN CENTRE-NORTHERN CLINTON-NORTHERN LYCOMING-

POTTER-SOMERSET-SOUTHERN CENTRE-SOUTHERN CLINTON-TIOGA-WARREN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ALTOONA…JOHNSTOWN…STATE COLLEGE

1137 PM EST WED DEC 24 2008

.NOW…
IT WILL BE WINDY ACROSS CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA OVERNIGHT.

WINDS WILL AVERAGE 15 TO 30 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH
LIKELY. IN ADDITION…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS

DETECTING SANTA JUST NORTH OF THE UPPER GREAT LAKES AT
1135 PM. HE SHOULD BE ARRIVING IN THE KEYSTONE STATE

SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Coldplay + Simon Pegg

At a recent Coldplay concert in London, Simon Pegg (you know him from Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and Run Fatboy Run) showed up and performed “Jingle Bells” with the boys. You can check out the video of that performance here. I didn’t know Pegg was such a talent on the harmonica, and to quote their email: “Silly Christmas headgear ahoy!”

Also, Coldplay’s got a free Christmas download of Viva La Vida (Thin White Duke Mix), which is available until Jan 5th. If you like techno it’s quite good, but it’s a free track anyway so why not check it out?

Carol of the Bells, claymation style

Chelsea 0-0 Everton

Yet another heartbreaking loss from a floundering Chelsea side. I don’t know how they’re managing to hang on to the #2 slot in the Premiere League table. This time, Terry was sent off with a red. According to the beeb: “Despite the shadow cast by Terry’s red card, the match was characterised by commitment and hard work from both sets of players – but, also, an acute lack of quality.” Come on boys. Where’s that brilliant Chelsea talent that’s hiding in the turf?

Full article on the beeb

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Surfing Photo Series

If you think this image is cool, then you should check out the entire series, shot by Andrew Buckley of the big wave ridden by West Australian surfer Kerby Brown. You can also check out the series as a video here (and read the article here).