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by Michael Keller

There are a number of references that might come to mind when looking at these gifs: Starry Night, a shaken snow globe, the atmosphere of another planet or, perhaps for those of a certain age, Biz Markie’s Vapors.

While these are all fine images to conjure up, the animations here all come from a film made around 1947 to show how scientists make snow in a lab. It was part of research called Project Cirrus that was undertaken by GE and the U.S. government to see if people could weaken the destructive power of hurricanes. Though the project failed, weather researchers learned much about tropical cyclones.

Click on the gifs for a brief description or watch the full video posted by the Museum of Innovation and Science.

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Tropical Cyclone Strength and Duration Spike This Year; Blocking Jams Sandy into East Coast

by Michael Keller

Though millions of people in the Western Hemisphere might have already had a suspicion that October was a busy month for tropical storms, the National Hurricane Center has put some official numbers on it.

The center says five tropical storms formed in October. Two developed into hurricanes, including Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged parts of New Jersey and New York. This puts the month’s activity well above the long-term average of two named storms and one hurricane.

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