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Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed the Rocky Mountains from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. He shared the image with his social media followers on Jan. 9, 2017, writing, “the Rocky mountains are a step too high – even for the clouds to cross.”
Click to enlarge — Marsel Van Oosten
Click the link at Marsel Van Oosten’s name to learn the story behind the photo.
More photos over here.
Doesn’t happen often. Almost four decades since the last time. The screwed-up dynamics of climate change may make this s more frequent occurrence. Or not.
Just like recent frigid visits of the polar vortex to North America caused by unusually warm air at the North Pole pushing cooler air South. Instability rules, so far.
Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s, taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts, traders and teenagers. More than three decades later, Chris has reconstructed a handful of his favourite photos from his collection. He spent the last seven years tracking down the people in his pictures and persuading them to pose once again. His hard work paid off and he has now published his photos in a new book, “Reunions”.
Click through to the article and enjoy. Aside from the photographic journey, the snaps are a gas of a record of 40 years ago almost anywhere in workingclass England.
❝ From Apple to Android, smartphones are ubiquitous. Reuters photographer Stefan Wermuth spent time documenting Londoners’ public yet intimate relationships with their phones.
Being a retired old geek it took me a long time to get round to owning a smartphone. I finally got an iPhone SE — went from a flip-phone and a pocket camera to one device.
Realized we haven’t had a panda picture here in a spell. This is from the Daily Mail.
❝ It was a haboob. The word is Arabic and means “blowing or drifting,” and to meteorologists it is the term used to describe intense dust storms inherent to arid regions.
❝ Haboobs are caused when the strong winds blasting out of a thunderstorm hit the ground and kick up the loose sand and dust covering the arid landscapes. Just as a shelf cloud marks the leading edge of a thunderstorm from above, a thick dust cloud marks the leading edge of this same thunderstorm from below.
Arcing across the sky landscape stretching dozens of miles from end-to-end, these dust storms can reach up thousands of feet in the air, and move across the landscape at highway speeds.
❝ While these monstrous haboobs with their menacing shelf clouds hold astonishing beauty, they can be incredibly dangerous. Often accompanied by 60 mph winds or higher, they can pack a serious punch as they steam-roll across the landscape. In addition to the strong winds, the dust can cause visibility to drop to zero in heart beat, blocking out the sun turning day to night, and making it nearly impossible to see until the winds die down and the dust settles…
Phoenix is the haboob capital of the United States. I’ll just leave that alone as a straight line.