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While much of the country is hanging heavily in the blue and purple parts of the current temperature map, Wunderground posted this interesting infographic on winter storms. Illustrator and artist Jerimiah Brown created the graphic. Click here to see it big at Visual.ly.[[MORE]]

While much of the country is hanging heavily in the blue and purple parts of the current temperature map, Wunderground posted this interesting infographic on winter storms. Illustrator and artist Jerimiah Brown created the graphic. Click here to see it big at Visual.ly.

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SNOTEL Watching Winter
Though many places have already seen snow this year, Saturday is the official first day of winter. That means months ahead of cold weather conditions for much of the U.S.
In the Western states, snowfall amounts are critical data for everything from water-use planning to winter tourism. The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service runs a network of remote stations called SNOTEL around the West to collect critical data on snow conditions. Click here to see the full-sized infographic.[[MORE]]

SNOTEL Watching Winter

Though many places have already seen snow this year, Saturday is the official first day of winter. That means months ahead of cold weather conditions for much of the U.S.

In the Western states, snowfall amounts are critical data for everything from water-use planning to winter tourism. The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service runs a network of remote stations called SNOTEL around the West to collect critical data on snow conditions. Click here to see the full-sized infographic.

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Vapor Manipulations

by Michael Keller

In the 1940s, GE and government researchers were trying to figure out how to weaken the destructive power of hurricanes. Part of that work involved building an understanding of how ice crystals form in clouds. These animations come from a 1947 film showing scientists making snow in a lab freezer.

GE scientists including Nobel Prize winner Irving Langmuir, Vincent Schaefer and Bernard Vonnegut studied the science of snow. Their experiments with weather control provided Bernard’s brother, Kurt, the inspiration to write Cat’s Cradle.

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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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