Pete's Stuff

Cool Sky Country

So Montana might be Big Sky Country, but it's well worth it to keep your head up in Wyoming as well. These, just in the last two days.

Thunderstorm over the Snowy Range


Neat Stuff on the Intertubes: Ka-Boom!

So what the heck is this, caught on video one night in August 2007? Hint: it's not a evening fireworks display.

Click on the still frame to play.

Click through and play the video to find out. (NB: I have lost the original source for the video and would love to give credit to the author, if I could! Unfortunately there is no name mentioned in the video.)


Neat Stuff on the Intertubes: Vertigo Edition

Well, so much for the "few times a week" promise from earlier this year! I've got an excuse, though - putting on the MNOC Adventure-O this last weekend took up a lot of time and energy over the past month. So now my summer's clear! And here's a little something to start it off.

One of my colleagues at work turned me on to the work of Edgar Mueller. He paints streets. But they're painted with a tremendous amount of care and precision to reveal images like this:

You can see more of his work at his web site, including some interesting photos that show how the illusion is destroyed from different camera angles.

Neat Stuff on the Intertubes: "A Remarkable Storm"

Widespread flooding. Source.

What's the heaviest rainstorm you've ever seen? For me, I'd have to say one summer night at Wild River State Park (more on that in a later post.) But chances are, no matter where it might be, it probably doesn't hold a candle to this story:

"The 18th of July 1867 will long be remembered by those persons who were, at the time in the region comprising the counties of Pope, Douglas, and the western part of Stearns..."

It was with these remarks that [George B.] Wright opened a paper entitled "Notes of a Remarkable Storm" delivered on 8 March 1876 before the Minnesota Academy of Natural Science. In this paper, Wright, who was part of a survey party operating at the time in an area about 15 miles southwest of Glenwood in Pope County, states that he experienced rainfall that was perhaps "without parallel in temperate climates".


Neat Stuff on the Intertubes: Ocean Edition

Some interesting things I found on our favorite series of tubes.

Recording the sounds of the deep ocean

The Vents Program at NOAA uses buoyed, autonomous hydrophones to monitor low frequency sounds in the open ocean.