Earth Day Photos, 2009

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 01:14 PM GMT am 22. April 2009

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Today is Earth Day, and as is my tradition on Earth Day, I'll present my nominations for best wunderphotos uploaded to our web site over the past year. This year's photos are truly remarkable, and I want to thank everyone who uploaded weather photos for their contributions to what has become one of the world's best weather photo galleries. Enjoy Earth Day!

Update on portlight.org charity errorts
The portlight.org disaster relief charity is sponsoring a Portlight Relief Event Series of fund raising events in cities across the U.S. this Spring. The next event is the Destin Dog Walk, which will take place Sunday, April 26th at Harbor Walk Village in Destin, Florida. Portlight Strategies board chair, Paul Timmons (wunderground handle, presslord) will be in attendance and will have the live webcam running, so please join in. Wunderbloggers code1, sugarsand, and FWBLinda have done an excellent job of putting this event together. It should be a beautiful day and a fun-filled event.

Portlight is also continuing to look for generous people to sponsor walkers for this event. If you would like to contribute, please use the Paypal button or send checks to the address in the Portlight Disaster Relief blog. Make sure to note "For Destin Dog Walk." Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from this event will provide disaster relief for pets. The remaining proceeds will support Portlight's disaster relief efforts for rural communities and people with disabilities.

Many thanks to all of you who have supported Portlight's efforts in one way or another! With yet another hurricane season approaching, they continue to need your help. The Portlight Relief Event Series is a critical part of preparing a more efficient and effective relief effort. If you would like to help coordinate a walk or other fundraising event in your area, please contact Paul Timmons, paul@portlight.org



Jeff Masters

Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana (sailormankvd)
Water Spout over Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell, LA from home in Clipper Estates
Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana
Rainbow over the Moon (cleo85)
Here in the tropics the moon setting and the sun rising in opposite directions is often visible. But a Rainbow at the same time right over the moon thats spectacular even for the tropics. Captured at PaaMul, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Yucatan Penionsula.
Rainbow over the Moon
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MORNING FOG #3 (2620)
This series of photos taken from 2,000' AGL while flying over northern Pennsylvania just after sunrise.
MORNING FOG #3
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wall cloud (soup)
Got this picture on the way to work this morning.I have never seen something like this before.This storm produced a few tornado warnings in our area.
wall cloud

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An east Pacific tropical storm Crossed over and became Atlantic Hurricane 10 in 1949. Making landfall in Texas.
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AOI (e pac)
mark
3.2n/87.4w
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Quoting keyzdazeez:
haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck


Tropical Storm Alma's Mid Level Circulation crossed over to the Atlantic and became Tropical Storm Arthur last year. So, you never know.
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Penn St.
e-WALL : THE ELECTRONIC MAP WALL
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yea,stormjunkies site is the shizzle for sheezie!!!!!
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Just got back from watching disney's new movie "Earth" and it was well worth the $10(disney w/plant 1 tree for every ticket sold!)
Lets start to pay attention people,the earth is not disposable and we are effecting its climate in a negative way,anyone who doesn't see it is stupid(that we effect our climate)!!!!!We need to all start to recycle everything and compost all food waste,IMO...;.This movie will make you open your eyes!!!
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No problem, I've been there where ll my bookmarks got erased, not a fun thing having to find every single model page. lol
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45. I DID! Thank you so much! Building back my weather links in my favorites and that was a HUGE help...also stormjunkies site has just about everything.

Appreciate it!
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Quoting keyzdazeez:
haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck


Alma/arthur last year.
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haven't we had a couple of storms develope in the epac in the last few years and cross over into the atlantic thru central america seems like I remember this, hadn't happened before tried to look them up but didn't hve any luck
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Quoting melwerle:
41. I gotta pay more attention - thought we were talking atlantic...

duh


Did you get the links I sent you?
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41. I gotta pay more attention - thought we were talking atlantic...

duh
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Actually it isn't to early for the EPAC, this is about time.


I'd say watch this area in the coming days/weeks for the first storm in both basins. Alot of midlevel spin in the caribbean but most of the convection is in the pacific moving west.
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I really got to get a camera! Great pics!
I liked the flowers in the snow.
Happy Earth Day!
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Quoting melwerle:
it's way too early for this...no storms yet please


Actually it isn't to early for the EPAC, this is about time.
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THERE HAS BEEN A FLAREUP OF DEEP CONVECTION ALONG THE ITCZ EAST
OF 90W OVER THE LAST DAY OR SO. HOWEVER...NO SIGNIFICANT
SURFACE TROUGH OR WAVE IS APPARENT AT THIS TIME. THE LOW
LATITUDE AND STRONG VERTICAL SHEAR WOULD LIKELY PRECLUDE ANY
TROPICAL CYCLONE ASPIRATIONS AT THIS TIME.
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it's way too early for this...no storms yet please
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"..Hey Scott! 90Es about to be declared right below you! Tell us what you think!.."
"..Roger That.."
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Taz, the CMC wants to develop that area. Other models are hinting an area of low pressure.
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Those pics are very cool.
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nice update doc first and last were the best
Quoting Tazmanian:
well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???

this feature should wax and wane remaining almost stationary

AOI(e.pac)
MARK
4N/87W
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Thanks Dr. M. The Earth Day blog has always been my favorite. Thanks to all who took those incredible pictures. I have to agree- the waterspouts pic is cool!












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Those pics are great!
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I wonder what I should do about the oil I poured downed the driveway today.....think good ol mother nature will absorb it and take care of the situation. Mother nature adapts let her run her course without any help.
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This song is always in my head all day on Earth Day. Consider yourself forewarned.

Quicktime

WMP
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Great photos! You should take a look at http://imapweather.com/ and upload your photos there! It's a pretty cool site with lots of great weather information.
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HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!!!!!,amazing crescent moon/venus combo this morning,the coolest part is I could still see venus at 8am,a full hour after sunrise,I had no idea that even happens,did anyone catch the meteor shower last night????
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hello everyone !! been lurking for three years wanted to thank all for the amazing amount of knowledge that I've gotten from you. I just "thought" I knew something about weather, then I found this site. thanks again
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Galveston mayor visits Cuba to talk hurricanes

By HARVEY RICE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
April 21, 2009, 9:58PM

Warning was thwarted

Thomas pointed out that the historical relationship between her island city and the island nation dates to the 1900 storm. That’s when Cuban meteorologists predicted that the monster storm was going to strike Galveston.

The National Weather Service, jealous of Cuba’s superior record of predicting storms, refused to let the Cubans use the U.S. military telegraph to warn Galveston, according to the book Isaac’s Storm, an account of the 1900 storm.

That hurricane hit Galveston and killed more than 6,000 people, the worst disaster in U.S. history.

Because of its hurricane-prone location, Cuba has gained a reputation for excelling at hurricane preparation.

“When it comes to hurricane preparedness, the Cubans are very practiced,” said Phil Peters, a Cuba expert at the Lexington Institute, a think tank based in Arlington, Va.
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Orca,
By your radar there,looks like I'm going to get a little wet this afternoon,looks doubtful the RedSox won't get both games in today.
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Quoting KEHCharleston:
Great day to hug a tree, kiss a flower, sing to plants.


"I talk to the trees, but they never listen to me."

Amazing pics. I can't decide if I like the first or the last better -- both look scary!
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very good pics btw.. Those water spouts are spectacular
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Love the Pictures :)

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Thx Doc... great pictures indeed!!!
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Very cool pics. I'm kinda partial to the waterspouts myself...although the rainbow over the moon is very cool!
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Great pics........Love them all!!!!

Happy Earth day!!!!!!!!!
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Happy earth day. I check out the pictures quite offten, and I am sure Dr. Masters had a hard time deciding on the best.
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Lovely pictures.
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I think the thought of a sts is long out of the picture.. I thought the models depicted it being in the upper levels a few days ago anyways?
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QS of the area in the epac near 5n 85w rain contaminated wind barbs
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Quoting Tazmanian:
well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???



It will likely be 90E not to long.
Wonder when we will see 90L, are the models still persistant with a Sub-TS in the Gulf?
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well now could this be the 1st 90E??? it looks like its pulling togeter all so what do mode say for them???

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Quoting TampaSpin:
39 days and 14 hours till JUNE 1st.


Under forty days now folks!
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My favorite pictures is the first one listed. That is amazing!
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It looks like the possible early start to the EPAC season. an area of disturbed weather near 5n 85w is showing some form of cyclonic turning. the area is moving wnw
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39 days and 14 hours till JUNE 1st.
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absolutely fascinating. lovely photos
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Quoting fireflymom:
Wonderful photos you choose. Happy Earth to you all. Galveston Island could use any trees after loosing so many to the salt water storm surge contamination followed by drought conditions.

I agree with you there. Hopefully this Arbor Day (Friday!), the greater Houston area will keep Galveston in the forefront of their mind.
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WOW!
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.