Two storms are about to collide in rare Fujiwhara dance

July 28, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wondered what happens when two cyclones get a little too close to each other? As we’re witnessing off the coast of Mexico this week, it can be strangely beautiful. Tropical Storms Irwin and Hilary are nearing each other, and when they meet, they will engage in what is called a Fujiwhara dance, where two storms tango around each other until the stronger “eats” the weaker storm. A Fujiwhara dance occurs when two storms get close enough for their circulations to impact one another – about 600 miles apart, depending on the size of the storm. This particular storm looks like bad news for Irwin – scientists expect the two storms to whirl around each other like a giant fidget spinner before Irwin weakens and is consumed by Hilary. Related: Unchecked global warming could bring the worst hurricanes ever seen by the end of this century Fujiawhara storms are not that common, but this summer we’ve already had two. Last week, Typhoon Noru and the former Tropical Storm Kulap danced it out, resulting in Kalup’s death. The presence of two separate colliding storms is unheard of and it is likely due to the fact that we are having a much higher than average number of storms in the Pacific this year, an instance that many scientists believe is due to global warming . Via Mashable Images via Dr. Ryan Maue/Weatherbell Analytics and earth.nullschool.net

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Tadao Ando embeds open-air prayer hall around massive 15-year-old Buddha statue

July 28, 2017 by  
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Japanese architect Tadao Ando ‘s amazing work usually impresses, but his latest project is particularly breathtaking. Charged with creating a more serene environment for a beloved 44-feet-tall Buddha sculpture, which had stood as a solitary figure in Sapporo’s Makomanai Takino Cemetery for 15 years, Ando carefully embedded an amazing open-air prayer hall in the natural landscape around the iconic statue, keeping the Buddha’s head above ground as sign of reverence. Holding court on a large sloping hill surrounded by lavender fields, the stone statue is over 44-feet-tall and weighs 1,500 tons. For years it stood as a solitary figure in the field, but locals wanted to create a more harmonious atmosphere. Ando’s vision was to build a prayer hall around the figure without hiding it completely inside an artificial structure. The result is a respectful design of an open-air concrete prayer hall surrounding the Buddha that would leave the sculpture’s presence as it had been for years, but with a more purposeful setting better suited for visitors. Related: Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to holograms Ando’s design – what he refers to as “head-out Buddha” – comprises a stone rotunda reached by a long tunnel. According to him, the somber aesthetic of the landscape architectural project was intentional: “The design intention was to create a vivid spatial sequence, beginning with the long approach through the tunnel in order to heighten anticipation of the statue, which is invisible from the outside. When the hall is reached, visitors look up at the Buddha, whose head is encircled by a halo of sky at the end of the tunnel.” + Tadao Ando Via Fuzbiz Photography by Shigeo Ogawa and Makomanai Takinoreien Cemetery

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Texas pummeled by 20-inches of rain and flash flooding that has swept away a train

October 24, 2015 by  
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Texas is being pummeled by rain that has swept away cars, an entire train, and possibly even one man attempting to rescue his dog. Authorities have been forced to close I-45 and half of the state is under flash flood warnings over the rest of the weekend. At least 20 inches of rain has poured into areas of Texas and, thanks to Hurricane Patricia , more is still expected. Read the rest of Texas pummeled by 20-inches of rain and flash flooding that has swept away a train

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October 24, 2015 by  
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Texas is being pummeled by rain that has swept away cars, an entire train, and possibly even one man attempting to rescue his dog. Authorities have been forced to close I-45 and half of the state is under flash flood warnings over the rest of the weekend. At least 20 inches of rain has poured into areas of Texas and, thanks to Hurricane Patricia , more is still expected. Read the rest of Texas pummeled by 20-inches of rain and flash flooding that has swept away a train

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Hurricane Patricia just became the strongest tropical cyclone that we have ever seen

October 23, 2015 by  
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Just off the coast of Mexico swirls a storm that was just measured as the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded. That’s right – ever in history. A few brave souls flew into the eye of the hurricane to measure its might earlier today, and they found that the massive Hurricane Patricia has winds gusting at 200 MPH – and it might not even be done growing. It’s also the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, meaning that we are witnessing history right now, and Mexico is bracing for the impact. Read the rest of Hurricane Patricia just became the strongest tropical cyclone that we have ever seen

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NASA Launches Weather Drones to Monitor Tropical Storm Gabrielle in the Atlantic

September 12, 2013 by  
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Why do some hurricanes intensify very rapidly while others do not? This is the big scientific question that NASA scientists are grappling with by using former military surveillance drones. In order to better understand tropical storms and ultimately improve forecast models, scientists are using unmanned Global Hawk aircrafts for this research mission with a plan to study Tropical Storm Gabrielle that has re-formed in the Atlantic. Read the rest of NASA Launches Weather Drones to Monitor Tropical Storm Gabrielle in the Atlantic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drones , global hawk , green news , hurricane studies , monitoring tropical storms , nasa science , predicting tropical storm intensity , sustainable news , tropical storms        

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LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food

September 12, 2013 by  
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No matter how valiant the attempt, sometimes it is just impossible to finish that last helping of casserole for dinner. Instead of letting perfectly good food languish in the fridge , the developers of LeftoverSwap suggest sharing your leftovers with a member of the community. The smartphone application allows users to take a picture of their dish, identify what is on the plate, and arrange for pickup and delivery. Read the rest of LeftoverSwap is an App that Lets You Share Unwanted Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Android , food safety , Food sharing , food waste , hunger , ios , leftovers , leftoverswap , mobile phone , smartphone application        

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Man-Made Particles Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways

June 24, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Researchers from the UK Met Office have discovered that the presence of man-made aerosols affects hurricane activity, but not in the way that one might automatically assume. It turns out that during the 20th century, aerosols in the atmosphere slowed down hurricane activity, and that efforts to clean them up since the 1980s has resulted in increased hurricane activity . Read the rest of Man-Made Particles Affect Hurricane Activity in Surprising Ways Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerosols , Environment , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , hurricane season , link between manmade particles and hurricanes , News , tropical storms , UK Met Office        

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Philippines Hit by Second Storm Five Days After Typhoon Bopha

December 10, 2012 by  
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Five days after Typhoon Bopha made landfall on the Philippines’ southern Mindanao Island, a weakened storm hit the northwestern Philippines’ on Sunday. With winds stronger than those seen from Hurricane Sandy , Bopha has left more than 180,000 people on the southern Mindanao Island without food, water and other basic supplies. Read the rest of Philippines Hit by Second Storm Five Days After Typhoon Bopha Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Disaster Relief , disaster relief shelters , humanitarian efforts , international aid , Mindanao Island , Philippines flooding , Philippines natural disasters , tropical storms , typhoon bopha

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WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

December 10, 2012 by  
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A new design for rural schools could revolutionize Kenya’s education system. British architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbill worked with Atopia Research to design the WATERBANK school in Nigare Nyiro, which harvests rainwater and stores it in a reservoir on the school property. In addition to providing up to five liters a day per student, this ingenious system enables girls normally responsible for collecting water outside of the home to attend classes and receive an education. Read the rest of WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , Atopia Research , David Turnbull , eco design , education , green design , Jane Harrison , kenya , locally sourced materials , PITCHAfrica , rainwater harvesting schools , sustainable design , water catchment , WATERBANK Schools

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