According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
Heavy snow will return occasionally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unprepared. “We’re really going to get caught out. Snow will probably cause chaos in 20 years time,” he said.
So apart from the quotes completely disagreeing with the headline in the story, has Dr Viner’s prediction come true? Does global warming mean we’ll freak out when snow comes?
I’m making a note for myself here, but other might be interested. It’s occurred to me there’s a very easy way to list sites on the tentative world heritage lists with an explicit astronomical connection. Just search for the word astronomy on the list. It’s not rocket science.
It’s not perfect either. The listing for Herat is tangential to astronomical heritage, but other entries are obviously relevant, like Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine and The Cape Arc of Meridian, South Africa.
One or two are new to me, so I have some reading to do.
They’d dispersed slightly by the time I’d found my 200mm lens, but you can still see some of the circle the sheep on the opposite hill form from time to time. It’s like a more pastoral version of a crop circle.
I’m working on a talk today. At one point it threatened to be interesting, but I think I’ve got that under control. Something that might spoil that plan though are some lunar animations from NASA. You can Dial-A-Moon at their website and download animations of lunar phases and libration.
Libration is interesting. It’s the wobble in the moon as it gets pulled around in orbit. The downloadable animations bring this out nicely and NASA has gone to some lengths to make them as usable as possible for people. You can download the files in various formats from http://j.mp/dialamoon or watch them via YouTube.