The Carcross Desert

Source: bigweasel, http://www.flickr.com/photos/weasel-on-wheels/4759692158/.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence. View Larger Map Behold, the ‘world’s smallest desert’, located in the unlikely northern locale of Carcross, Yukon; a balmy six degrees south of the Arctic Circle in the northern edge of Canada’s Coast Mountains.  A mere 260 ha (642 acres) in size, the…

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Tornadoes Around the World

When tornadoes make the news, they tend to do so for all the wrong reasons, as we were reminded of earlier this week when an outbreak of anywhere between 40 and 120 tornadoes resulted in at least 39 fatalities and untold millions of dollars in damage across the mid-eastern United States (approximately the eastern portion…

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The Elfstedentocht

UPDATE (5 FEBRUARY): A recent cold snap with nighttime temperatures below -10 Celsius has raised the possibility of an Elfstedentocht within the next couple of weeks.  A press conference on 6 February will hopefully give an answer as to whether or not the eleven-city race will be held for the first time since 1997. SECOND…

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Does It Snow At the Equator?

Everyone knows that air temperature gets colder as one climbs higher in altitude.  If you climb high enough, no matter where you are, eventually you’ll hit freezing temperatures.  Despite being nearly in the tropics, the snow-covered summits of the Himalaya see some of the coldest temperatures on Earth.  At the summit of Everest, the average…

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A Cavalcade of Crazy Driving on Winter Roads

Around the temperate Northern Hemisphere, as we do around this time every year, we are now plunging headlong into winter.  Personally, it’s my favourite season (yes, I’m that one crazy friend of yours still wearing a t-shirt when it’s ten degrees below freezing while downing a frozen slush drink), but for many people in my…

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Lake Eyre: Australia’s Low Point

Sources: NASA Earth Observatory, http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=38994 and http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7076. South Australia’s Lake Eyre is the lowest point on the continent, and one of its most famed natural wonders. Pictured above are the two extreme of the lake bed. In wet years, it’s one of the twenty largest lakes by area on the planet. But most years, it’s a set of…

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How Cyclones Get Their Names

It’s hurricane/typhoon season in the Northern Hemisphere, as you are all aware of right now. Certainly those in the North Atlantic and in the West Pacific are overly aware at this point.It’s the time of year where ordinary personal names (such as Irene and Lee this year) get transformed into harbingers of doom and destruction….

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