May 21, 2011

More of God's Floral Handiwork

Posted by jez at 6:18 PM

November 11, 2010

God's Glorious Fall Colors

Madison has been blessed with a glorious fall.

Posted by jez at 8:06 PM

October 10, 2010

Fall Color on a Gorgeous Sunday: God's Glory

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:26 PM

September 24, 2010

A Beautiful Airport Sunset

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:36 PM

September 5, 2010

God's Glory: A Fabulous Madison Sunset

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:58 PM

September 3, 2010

A September Country Drive

Posted by James Zellmer at 5:02 PM

September 2, 2010

Clearing Storm Near Paoli

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:28 PM

June 29, 2010

God's Glory: A Gorgeous Sunset

Shot with the fairly impressive iPhone 4 camera.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:53 AM

June 26, 2010

Madison Saturday Zeitgeist....

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:54 PM

June 23, 2010

Sunset, Clearing Storm: Fitchburg, WI via iPhone 4 Camera

I've never been a fan of cell phone cameras. However, the iPhone 4 camera offers decent quality and some flexibility for the photographer.... Of course, a glorious sunset during a clearing storm helps.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:05 PM

June 22, 2010

Water, Water: Fitchburg's Dunn's Marsh after the Storms

Posted by James Zellmer at 1:56 PM

May 14, 2010

Bill Gates Backs Geoengineering Cloud Project

Katie Fehrenbacher:
Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (and one of our 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Greentech) has been dabbling in greentech investments, backing nuclear tech, and Vinod Khosla’s greentech venture fund. But the world’s most famous computer geek has also been funding some more risky greentech projects recently, including giving $4.5 million for controversial research to use artificial clouds to cool the atmosphere, reports the Ottawa Citizen.

Specifically Gates gave funding to David Keith from the University of Calgary, and Ken Caldeira from the Carnegie Institution for Science, for projects that looked at planet-cooling technologies, says the Citizen. Those researchers in turn gave $300,000 to Armand Neukermanns, a researcher involved with the San Francisco-based Silver Lining Project, a program which studies how tiny droplets of seawater sprayed over the ocean could “brighten” clouds and reflect sunlight back into space.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:02 AM

May 1, 2010

A Beautiful Spring Morning

Posted by James Zellmer at 2:20 PM

April 25, 2010

God's Glory: Spring Tulips

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:11 PM

April 15, 2010

A Beautiful Madison Evening

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:48 AM

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:08 PM

February 14, 2010

Huge Waves at Mavericks Injure Spectators

Demian Bulwa:
The Super Bowl of Surfing lived up to its legend Saturday, and then some. The waves at Mavericks were so massive - the biggest in the history of surf contests, some said - that they caused collateral damage on the sidelines.

Long before South African Chris Bertish tamed a pair of monster swells to win the $50,000 first prize at the seventh Mavericks Surf Contest north of Half Moon Bay, a series of waves crashed into some of the thousands of fans who had flocked to the beach to try to see the action.

Just after 9 a.m. near Pillar Point, 13 people were injured and at least 40 people were knocked off their feet, officials said. Many of them had been standing on a short concrete wall and were thrown into rocks or mud by a surge of water.

A stage set up for an award ceremony toppled, while sound equipment meant for a beach broadcast was swamped.
Posted by James Zellmer at 6:32 PM

January 17, 2010

God's Glory: A Beautiful Sunday Morning in the Arboretum

The trees in Madison were spectacular this morning.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:48 PM

January 7, 2010

Deicing Planes in Sarasota, Florida - using the Sun

Ben Mutzabaugh:
Hundreds of travelers flying out of Florida's Sarasota-Bradenton International were delayed by about by two hours Wednesday morning because of de-icing delays. Sort of.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune writes "airport officials grounded three planes because they had ice on the wings." But, since below-freezing temperatures are so rare in central and south Florida, none of the airlines at Sarasota keep de-icing equipment at the airport.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:38 AM

December 9, 2009

Snowstorm Panorama: Madison, WI

Quite a bit of work moving snow today, but, the early morning scenery was quite beautiful.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:47 PM

November 7, 2009

A Glorious November Saturday

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:45 PM

September 29, 2009

A Beautiful Fall Sunset

Fall has arrived.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:43 PM

June 25, 2009

Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station

Eddie Wrenn:
Framed by a circle of clouds, this is a stunning illustration of Nature's powerful force. A plume of smoke, ash and steam soars five miles into the sky from an erupting volcano. The extraordinary image was captured by the crew of the International Space Station 220 miles above a remote Russian island in the North Pacific.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:34 AM

January 22, 2009

Sunrise: Madison's Vilas Park

A very pleasant sunrise this morning, perhaps to a warmer day?
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:29 AM

January 18, 2009

Winter Sunset Scene

Green County, WI. The cold weather has created some beautiful, clear evenings.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:18 AM

December 11, 2008

Warm Thoughts as Winter arrives in Madison: Hawaii's Big Island at Sunrise

Posted by James Zellmer at 1:47 PM

November 16, 2008

Fall Into Winter - More

Photographed while raking leaves this weekend. More here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:07 PM

November 15, 2008

Fall into Winter

Photographed while raking leaves.

Posted by jez at 3:57 PM

October 21, 2008

Fall Colors: Afternoon Light

Madison's fine Fall weather continues.
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:08 PM

October 17, 2008

Monona Bay Sunrise

Posted by jez at 5:11 PM

June 28, 2008

Lake Wingra / UW Arboretum Clearing Storm Photo

43.050537 -89.411019

Posted by jez at 6:33 PM

April 25, 2008

Afternoon Storm - Madison

A few powerful spring storms passed through Madison today. I caught this photo later in the afternoon.

Posted by jez at 9:35 PM

Tulip Time

Two tulip photos taken after Madison's early morning thunderstorm.

Posted by jez at 3:13 PM

February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse Photo


Not the best shot, but the sky presented a glorious view of God's handiwork.

Posted by jez at 10:15 PM

February 19, 2008

Winter Sunrise Photos



A beautiful, yet cold morning for Wisconsin's spring primary election. While the endless winter continues, it is great to see the sun. Note the large icycles on these homes. Inevitably, spring will arrive.

Posted by jez at 9:15 AM

February 7, 2008

Back to Reality: Sunrise After Madison's Big Snowstorm


After pondering summer with a few photos, we're back to reality blowing snow this morning. I think this photo captures our existence rather well, at the moment. Note the snow depth next to my snowblower's intake. 13.3" according to Channel3000.

The streets I drove were in good shape early today.

Posted by jez at 7:54 AM

February 5, 2008

Thinking of Summer: Antibes

antibesbeachzmetro082008.jpg This image of a woman jumping from a rocky cliff into the Mediterranean was taken from a "people's beach" adjacent to the Hotel du Cap [Clusty search]. A useful image as we Madisonians face another snow shoveling event. Clusty search: Antibes.

satellite view

Posted by jez at 9:17 AM

December 12, 2007

Madison Winter Storm Residue


Posted by James Zellmer at 3:42 PM

December 2, 2007

Snowblower Zeitgeist, or the Best Urban Snowblower


I've manually moved snow for the past 14 years - my entire post UW time in Madison. Always thinking that the act was a bit of exercise until a neighbor mentioned his back difficulties and said "it's not worth it".

Last spring's deluge, a particularly wet and heavy snowstorm, was the impetus to turn over the shovel, fire up my browser and shop for a snowblower.

My first stop was Ariens' website. Ariens is a classic family owned Wisconsin based firm that manufactures snowblowers and lawn mowers.

Most serious snowblowers, defined as two stage models from the likes of Ariens, John Deere, Honda and Toro among many others are at least 24" wide (Toro has a 22" model). That width is a problem for small garages like mine.

Ariens offered a useful 20" model that featured a multiple speed transmission - perfect for a variety of snow conditions and available at a reasonable price. Conveniently, their website offers online ordering which made it simple for me to enter a bit of information and a few days later the snowblower arrived at my home. Ariens customer service was great, as was their local dealer - Middleton Power Center.

About the snowblower zeitgeist. The owner of a working, somewhat powerful snowblower on a day like today (crunchy, heavy snow) quickly has the opportunity to converse with the neighbors. Typical conversations include:

  • "Can I pay you to clear my driveway (no, if I have enough gas and time, I'll be happy to)
  • "My snowblower won't start."
  • "I attempted to purchase a snowblower yesterday, but just before I said that I'll take the last one, someone else grabbed it."
  • or, Chaplin moments when a neighbor is somberly pondering the large, heavy pile of snow recently deposited by the City plow in his driveway as I'm clearing another neighbor's walks and driveway.
There you have it. Living in a cold climate subject to snow, we should never turn away from neighborhood social opportunities. Buy a (two-stage) snowblower.

I would be remiss if I did not point out the powerful prose at work marketing such machines. Arien's description of their model 624E:

624E Compact

After 9 months of hibernation, this compact monster, has an appetite for the cold and crystallized.

When the white and fluffy flakes begin to fall; the corners of the 24” clearing width begin to salivate. The 120 volt electric start quickly awakens the 6HP Snow King® OHV Engine. You fear nothing! Snow fears this trusted Sno-Thro® midsized monster. Keep the snow afraid and out of your way.

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:19 PM

October 29, 2007

Giant Atmospheric Waves Over Iowa


Those giant waves—"undular bore waves"—were photographed Oct. 3rd flowing across the skies of Des Moines, Iowa. (Credit: KCCI-TV Des Moines and Iowa Environmental Mesonet SchoolNet8 Webcam.)

"Wow, that was a good one!" says atmospheric scientist Tim Coleman of the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) in Huntsville, Alabama. Coleman is an expert in atmospheric wave phenomena and he believes bores are more common and more important than previously thought.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:06 AM

April 24, 2007

Author of nation's toughest global warming law to speak April 25

The author of the nation's strongest global warming law tells us how California is responding to climate change and how she gained the political support to get it done ...

"Leading the Way on Climate Change"
a free public lecture by Fran Pavley

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25
Memorial Union (see "Today in the Union" for room)
800 Langdon Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fran Pavley has served three terms in the California State Assembly, where she is known as one of the most effective legislators in Sacramento. The former Mayor of Agoura Hills and long-time public school teacher is the author of landmark legislation (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) on global warming that has become a model for other states and countries. She is also author of the first regulations on vehicle carbon dioxide emissions. Eleven other states and Canada have modeled their laws after Pavley's Clean Car Regulations. She has been selected as one of Scientific American's Top Technology Leaders in Transportation and received the 2006 California League of Conservation Voters' Global Warming Leadership Award along with former Vice President Al Gore.

This event is co-sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison. For more information, please contact Steve Pomplun at the Nelson Institute or call Steve at 263-3063.

Posted by Ed Blume at 10:57 AM

April 21, 2007

State Street on a Spring Friday Night

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:45 AM

March 1, 2007

Wonderful Snow Art

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:29 AM

February 23, 2007

Flying with the Storm

Gathering Storm, San Carlos, CA Airport: Thursday, 2/22/2007Click for larger photos
Above and below the clouds: Iowa and Madison: 2/23/2007
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:29 PM

November 10, 2006

Cold Temperatures and the Onset of Winter

Talking with a Texan friend this morning and bemoaning the chilly temperatures on the way he used a great colloquial expression:
"Jim, we don't have to shovel sunshine here."
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:04 AM

November 5, 2006

Five Best Weather Books

Christopher Burt:
1. The Elements Rage by Frank W. Lane (Chilton, 1965).

What interests most people about weather (as opposed to climate--"Climate lasts all the time and weather only a few days," as Mark Twain put it) is its extremes and curious phenomena. Frank Lane clearly had that in mind in the early 1960s when he undertook writing "The Elements Rage." Even if the science here is out of date, the drama of the stories never grows old. The book offers dozens of extraordinary black-and-white photographs and a fact-packed text, rich in anecdotes on matters well beyond meteorology--earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches, volcanoes. As an inspiration toward appreciating how strange the natural world can be, the book set a standard that others, including myself, have attempted to emulate.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:56 AM

September 30, 2006

Glorious Fall Day

Twin Lakes Nordic Lodge.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:37 PM

August 3, 2006

Monroe Street: 15 Minutes Apart

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:01 PM

July 20, 2006

Storm Photos

A few recent storm photos:New Mexico


More here and here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:15 PM

January 1, 2006

Shoveling Mud

Classic photo that reminded me of my San Francisco days. We shovel snow and they shovel mud... via the NYT

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:24 PM

December 19, 2005

Top Ten 2005 National Geographic News Videos

National Geographic News:
Killer hurricanes, swarming sharks, and wildlife fighting for survival headlined this year's most popular videos from National Geographic News. Replay the year in science, nature, and exploration with 2005's top ten videos.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:02 AM

October 10, 2005

Wading Toward Home

Michael Lewis (with his better half, Tabitha Soren riding shotgun taking pictures) visits post flood New Orleans:
Immediately he had a problem: a small generator that powered one tiny window air-conditioning unit. It cooled just one small room, his office. But the thing made such a racket that, as he put it, "they could have busted down the front door and be storming inside and I wouldn't have heard them. There could have been 20 natives outside screaming, 'I'm gonna burn your house down,' and I'd a never heard it." Fearing he might nod off and be taken in his sleep, he jammed a rack filled with insurance-industry magazines against the door. (Haywood sells life insurance.) In his little office, he sat all night - as far as he knew, the last white person left in New Orleans. He tried to sleep, he said, but "I kept dreaming all night long someone was coming through the door." He didn't leave his air-conditioned office until first light, when he crept out and squinted through his mail slot. In that moment, he was what Uptown New Orleans had become, even before the storm: a white man, alone, peering out through a slot in search of what might kill him. All he needed was the answer.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:41 AM

September 10, 2005

New Orleans Photos

I last spent time in New Orleans in 2002 with several previous visits in the '90's. The place was in many ways beautiful, but I could always sense tension in the city. I've posted some photos from this visit here. A more recent set of photos, Five days with Katrina provides quite a contrast with my 2002 digital images.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:29 PM

August 29, 2005

The Oil Drum: Katrina Introduces Peak Oil to a Nation

The Oil Drum:
Katrina IS a big deal today and will be for weeks to come, not just because New Orleans is below sea level and not just because she could cause massive loss of life and property, but because Katrina could also disrupt Gulf supplies of petroleum (the GOM supplies around 1.3mbpd, we use around 20mbpd in the US) from rigs, refineries, and pipelines, etc., for a while.
Great Site, via John Robb.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:52 AM

August 18, 2005

Madison Clearing Thunderstorm Photos

A large thunderstorm, with some tornadoes moved through Madison this evening. These photos show the storm clearing over the west side. The center photo includes the local emergency sirens, which were used tonigt. Click to view a larger version.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:04 PM

February 20, 2005

Sunday Morning Snow

Madison woke up to an inch or two of snow this morning, with flurries continuing throughout the day.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:59 AM

January 24, 2005

Government Weather Data: Must We Pay Twice?

James Fallows takes a look at the intersection of public (taxpayer funded) and private (business) interests, specifically, weather data that we've already paid for. Some businesses, who have made a living recycling that data, would like to continue their gatekeeper role. [We have examples of this in Madison. Access Dane offers "subscription" access to data that we've already paid for]. Here's a clip from Fallows article. Read it all.
some of the most significant innovations have been made where public and private efforts touch. In its first term, the Bush team made a few important pro-technology choices. Over the next year it will signal whether it intends to stand by them. There is a long historical background to the administration's choices, plus a variety of recent shifts and circumstances. The history stretches to the early days of the republic, and the idea that government-sponsored research in science and technology could bolster private business growth. Progress in farming, led by the land-grant universities, demonstrated this concept in the 19th century. Sputnik-era science, culminating in the work that led to the Internet, did the same in the 20th century.
Open source weather is available here. Create your own weather site using the NOAA's xml web service.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

January 22, 2005

More Madison Snowstorm Photos

Click to view a larger version of these photos.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:38 PM

Saturday Snow Storm: Music to Shovel.... or a Snowstorm Playlist :)

A few selections from the music my ipod shuffled to while shoveling earlier today (Madison received about 8" of snow).Ironically, I received an email this morning from Tony Novak-Clifford, host of Manao Radio's Sunday Mornings "Sunday Solstice" program as well as Monday & Tuesday morning's "Academy of Errors". Tony's email mentioned a rainy Maui Saturday morning.

UPDATE: Dave sends a link from Boston, which will soon have quite a bit of snow. More Madison Photos: Gala & James Gardner catch snowplow stuck in a snowbank. Ann Althouse posts two early morning photos. More later...
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:53 PM

January 7, 2005

Seeing the South Asia Tsunami, Up Close

Michael Dobbs recollects his time with the Tsunami on Fresh Air. audio

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:04 AM

December 31, 2004

More Amateur Tsunami Video Clips has posted a page with many links to amateur tsunami video clips.

UPDATE - More tsunami video clips here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

December 29, 2004

Amateur Tsunami Video

Brad Boyston posted a link to an amateur South Asian tsunami video clip. More here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:19 AM

August 13, 2004

Weatherblogs from Florida

Interested in the Floriday Hurricane? Visit these blogs:

via instapundit

Posted by James Zellmer at 2:43 PM