Seven day news forecast

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We possibly take weather forecasting for granted these days, but within the study of meteorology is a whole set of terminology that perhaps you weren’t aware of…well, at least until now. Here is a summary of some of the more quirky words that can used to describe the weather.

  • Ball lightning  A relatively rarely seen form of lightning, generally consisting of an orange or reddish ball of the order of a few cm to 30cm in diameter and of moderate luminosity, which may move up to 1 m/s horizontally with a lifetime of a second or two.
  • Barber pole  A thunderstorm updraft with a visual appearance including cloud striations that are curved in a manner similar to the stripes of a barber pole. The structure typically is most pronounced on the leading edge of the updraft, while drier air from the rear flank downdraft often erodes the clouds on the trailing side of the updraft.
  • Bitterly cold   In winter, bitterly cold or very cold, refers to more than seven degrees Celsius below normal. (So, descriptions are relative to your location, which might explain why Canadians laugh at us Australians when confronted with a ‘bitterly’ cold forecast whilst vacationing in Melbourne. You can easily spot them, they are walking around in shorts, whilst the locals are rugged up in scarves and black coats).
  • Broken clouds  Clouds which cover between 5/8ths and 7/8ths of the sky.
  • Heat index  An index that combines air temperature and humidity to give an apparent temperature (how hot it feels).
  • Hot spot  Typically large areas of pavement, these “hot spots” are heated much quicker by the sun than surrounding grasses and forests. As a result, air rises upwards from the relatively hot surface of the pavement, reaches its condensation level, condenses, and forms a cloud above the “hot spot”.
  • Iridescence  Brilliant patches of green or pink sometimes seen near the edges of high or medium level clouds.
  • Katabatic  Wind blowing down an incline, such as down a hillside; downslope wind.
  • Mushroom  A thunderstorm with a well-defined anvil rollover, and thus having a visual appearance resembling a mushroom.
  • Yellow wind  A strong, cold, dry west wind of eastern Asia that blows across the plains during winter and carries a yellow dust from the desert.
  • Sunny Sunny or a few clouds means that less than half the sky has clouds.

I had to stop myself and limit it to eleven, but if you want to read the entire list, then click on over here.

The most beautiful weather I’ve ever experienced was whilst sun baking on the amazing Whitsunday island – The perfect sunny day (zero cloud)… probably the environment had a little bit to do with it.

What is the most amazing weather you’ve experienced?


Can’t get that song out of your head?

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The ear worm sings her song in the head of her next victim

Well, maybe it’s an Ohrwurm!

Thanks to Jen, from Espresso Science, I discovered the wonders of Ohrwürmer. The literal translation of this German word is ear worms (Ohrwurm for one) and it is used to describe the phenomena of hearing a catchy song or jungle, which goes over, and over, and over, and over in your head until you go crazy.

Gotta love those Germans for coming up with such a visually descriptive name. I can’t help but picture a tiny worm singing inside it’s unsuspecting victim. Not surprisingly, scientists are fascinated by this insect and have undertaken various studies to get to the heart of the ear worm phenomena. The three key elements are: the type of music, the person and situation. But rather than go into it in great detail here, check out Jen’s comprehensive research into this little bug to reveal the true nature of this singing beast.

When I read Jen’s article, the German aspect reminded me of Nina and her 1980’s song ‘Ninety nine red balloons’, which proceeded to get stuck in my head for the next 20 minutes. So, what ear worms have you experienced? Love them or hate them?