Snow and Ice Sunday


NIGHT LIFE IN ANTARCTICA: You’d think extreme cold in the dead of winter would keep Antarctic researchers inside. The staff of the Bharati Indian Base Station in Antarctica’s Larsemann hills are an exception: “We can’t stay inside,” reports B. Sudarsan Patro. “The night life is just too amazing!”

Patro took this group self portrait on June 30th during a brilliant outburst of auroras. “They were so bright,” he says, “the snow turned green. The sparkling display reminded us of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.” Spiritually, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness–very appropriate for a midwinter display of aurora australis.

This display shows that bright auroras can occur even when solar activity is very low. There were no sunspots, no solar flares, and no CMEs on June 30th, yet skies turned green anyway. Probably what happened is this: Earth passed through a region of space filled with negative-polarity magnetic fields (known to researchers as “negative B sub z”). Such fields can open a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere. Solar wind pours in and sparks bright auroras–no sunspots required.



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12 Responses to Snow and Ice Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Logged 10 hours in the rack last night with a few pee interruptions. What a relief from a leaky airbed. The house is a complete mess with returned items all over. I just hope I won’t have to bug-out again for about 20 years or so. Thankfully I do have a place to return to, not a pile of ashes.


  2. º¿carol says:

    Lovely day here, and we actually had company! Two old friends called and came by to visit around 3:00. Sat out on the back deck and talked, and talked. Love seeing old friends like that.

    The worst part, after normal topics I said, “So, Rich, are you voting for Trump?” I was teasing. No WAY he’d vote for Trump. Well, guess what. He’s voting for Trump because he can’t stand Hillary, she’s a crook and a liar and everything else, “Whitewater, blah, blah, blah.” HOLY SHIT!

    We talked politics for quite awhile, me trying to explain things to him, Leejeen, his wife, saying mostly nothing except she looked at him and said, “I disagree with 90% of everything you say.” Bwahahaha! Made me laugh, and I was sort of thrilled except Leejeen said she’s not voting because…Hillary. When they were leaving I whispered in her ear when we hugged, “Vote for Hillary.”

    We need rain! Watered the front a little while ago, watered the back yesterday but I didn’t drag the hose over to the south side of the garage. Probably tomorrow. Oh, and I worked on the pool, did a little vacuuming until the filter told me it had to rest.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Not that I can really stand ole Hill, but Nate Silver@538 has the odds of her winning the election at 78.1 %


      • micki says:

        Ole Hill can win WA State’s electoral college votes w/o my vote. If she doesn’t snag WA’s 12 electoral votes, ain’t gonna be because of me. No way would I vote for a war-mongering, uber-hawk darling of Wall Street, and the 6-figure lecture circuit that serves the status quo (and worse).


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Let’s face it, her supremely manufactured persona has always been based on having a bigger swinging duck than her male counterparts (no, not a typo).


  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ the other Mexican restaurant, the Rancho Viejo, which is more upscale. Having tacos de pescado y Negra Modelo for a taste off. I hadn’t planned on coming here. I went to the Black Cypress, forgetting it is closed on Sundays. Then to the Foundry, which is closed at least this Sunday. Onwards to the Tokyo Seoul, which is closed for the long weekend. Out to the Birch & Barley, which is similarly closed. So back to downtown to try here. Open! 77 minutes.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Back up the College Hill Climb and Maple Street Extension to home, with a glorious salmon colored sunset on the way, in a total of 100 minutes of stick walking today.

      Robins, pigeons, black birds, a rabbit and a snake. Even soaring Swainson’s hawks and a solitary crow flapping hard.


  4. Den says:

    This place is going to the dogs *hic* urp!


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