Surprisingly, this wasn’t bound for Mars


A research satellite sent up into space to study how much carbon dioxide is absorbed by specific things on the planet… didn’t quite reach its destination.

It didn’t manage to get into orbit, so gravity pulled it right back down into the drink.

You can read about it here.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 24, 2009

Weather Channel founder believes global warming is a "hoax"

I love the science of debate and debating science but it always flabbergasts me when people believe that science is a cut and dry thing.

Take broadcasting legend John Coleman for example. He was one of the founders of The Weather Channel and worked for many years in Chicago TV. Now he’s the loudest disbeliever of global climate change.

He’s never been secretive when it comes to his stance against global warming but now he is calling the whole notion a “hoax…bad science…greatest scam in history.” Read his article by clicking here.

He believes that global warming (or climate change) is all bad science. The problem with his stance is the fact that he cites so many reasons why global warming should NOT exist when all he really needs to do is look at this chart.

The real bone I have to pick with this far right point of view is: Why are we arguing about whether climate change exists when it is obvious that our atmosphere is and has always been in a state of constant flux? Any environmentalist, meteorologist, or climatologist knows that. What we should be arguing about is what to do to prevent any change that will have an impact on our planet. And it doesn’t matter if you want to talk about global warming or global cooling. Because we are in the midst of such a dramatic change we owe it to ourselves to figure it out instead of calling it a hoax and implying that our high gas prices are a result of environmentalists, as Coleman insists. He also says that government subsidized ethanol production has caused food prices to rise. I would pay someone $50 to find me highly regarded research that supports this.

When it comes to climate change let’s work together to figure it out instead of decisively knocking the truth.

Do I know the impact each of us has on our environment? No. Do I think we should be more mindful of our atmosphere and what we put in it? Absolutely. Doing nothing is about as absurd as John Coleman is.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 23, 2009

Discovering things on the visible satellite picture

I love looking at the visible satellite on clear days during the winter. It’s easy to spot snowcover, lakes, rivers, cities, and even forests! Can you spot anything that I didn’t label?

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This post was written by qni_it on February 23, 2009

Friendly reminder

NWS spotter training in Rockford is this Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Public Safety Building at the Airport.

The full list of dates of spotter training sessions in our area is here!

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This post was written by qni_it on February 23, 2009

Quiet, but cold


A big ol’ dome of high pressure is sliding to the southeast out of Canada. Tonight, that high pressure will add in some ingredients for a frigid night: a mostly clear sky and light winds. Add in our fresh snowpack, and it’s going to be a morning that you’ll definitely need to bundle up! Temperatures will be in the single digits by the time you get up in the morning. Afternoon highs will manage to get into the lower to middle 20s, thanks to plenty of sunshine.

This same high pressure will help warm us up in a couple days, though. Southerly winds will kick in Monday night, ushering in warmer and more moist air. Cloudcover will start to increase on Tuesday with highs in the middle 30s… and lower 40s on Wednesday. This will certainly take a bite into our new snowpack!

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This post was written by qni_it on February 22, 2009

60° in two weeks

Since temperatures today will top out 10-15° shy of where we should be, I decided to let you in on some good news! Don’t let me get you confused though. This is not for this upcoming week, but for the one following. There are now many signs that point in the direction of a major warm up…perhaps even a “spring thaw.” A week from Thursday looks so warm, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 60° temperature or two (give or take a few days).

March is less than a week away and winter is in its final month. We will look for these teasers to come every 2-3 weeks as the jet stream tries to establish itself farther north (which in turn brings back the warmer weather).

So, even if you’re shivering in your boots today just focus on the warmth that will be here in no time.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 22, 2009

Here are snowfall reports from our bloggers and storm spotters:

(9:18:37 PM) nwsbot: LOT: South Beloit [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M5.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(9:18:36 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Machesney Park [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(6:15:06 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:44:22 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 N Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M5.2 INCH at 05:40 PM CST — at wrex studio

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(5:21:07 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 05:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:14:51 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Wnw Bull Valley [Mchenry Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 05:00 PM CST —

(4:55:19 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Mount Carroll [Carroll Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.1 INCH at 04:54 PM CST — storm total

(4:24:19 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Loves Park [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 04:00 PM CST —

(3:37:55 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.7 INCH at 03:33 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:21:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.1 INCH at 02:00 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Lake Geneva [Walworth Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 01:59 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Orfordville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 01:57 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:03:27 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Hanover [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of E3.5 INCH at 02:00 PM CST — still snowing.

(2/21/2009 1:34:59 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 01:15 PM CST — blowing and drifting snow. snow covered roads.

(2/21/2009 1:24:49 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 01:22 PM CST — light snow continues.

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.4 INCH at 12:25 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 9 Wnw Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 12:18 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:26:39 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M3.9 INCH at 12:00 PM CST — at rockford airport the observation at 1200 pm, 2.4 inches of snow fell from 6 am to 12 pm for a storm total so far of 3.9 inches.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 21, 2009

Here are snowfall reports from our bloggers and storm spotters:

(9:18:37 PM) nwsbot: LOT: South Beloit [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M5.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(9:18:36 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Machesney Park [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(6:15:06 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:44:22 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 N Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M5.2 INCH at 05:40 PM CST — at wrex studio

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(5:21:07 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 05:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:14:51 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Wnw Bull Valley [Mchenry Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 05:00 PM CST —

(4:55:19 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Mount Carroll [Carroll Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.1 INCH at 04:54 PM CST — storm total

(4:24:19 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Loves Park [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 04:00 PM CST —

(3:37:55 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.7 INCH at 03:33 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:21:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.1 INCH at 02:00 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Lake Geneva [Walworth Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 01:59 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Orfordville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 01:57 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:03:27 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Hanover [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of E3.5 INCH at 02:00 PM CST — still snowing.

(2/21/2009 1:34:59 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 01:15 PM CST — blowing and drifting snow. snow covered roads.

(2/21/2009 1:24:49 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 01:22 PM CST — light snow continues.

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.4 INCH at 12:25 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 9 Wnw Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 12:18 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:26:39 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M3.9 INCH at 12:00 PM CST — at rockford airport the observation at 1200 pm, 2.4 inches of snow fell from 6 am to 12 pm for a storm total so far of 3.9 inches.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 21, 2009

Here are snowfall reports from our bloggers and storm spotters:

(9:18:37 PM) nwsbot: LOT: South Beloit [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M5.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(9:18:36 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Machesney Park [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(6:15:06 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:44:22 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 N Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M5.2 INCH at 05:40 PM CST — at wrex studio

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(5:21:07 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 05:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:14:51 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Wnw Bull Valley [Mchenry Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 05:00 PM CST —

(4:55:19 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Mount Carroll [Carroll Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.1 INCH at 04:54 PM CST — storm total

(4:24:19 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Loves Park [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 04:00 PM CST —

(3:37:55 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.7 INCH at 03:33 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:21:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.1 INCH at 02:00 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Lake Geneva [Walworth Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 01:59 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Orfordville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 01:57 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:03:27 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Hanover [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of E3.5 INCH at 02:00 PM CST — still snowing.

(2/21/2009 1:34:59 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 01:15 PM CST — blowing and drifting snow. snow covered roads.

(2/21/2009 1:24:49 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 01:22 PM CST — light snow continues.

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.4 INCH at 12:25 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 9 Wnw Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 12:18 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:26:39 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M3.9 INCH at 12:00 PM CST — at rockford airport the observation at 1200 pm, 2.4 inches of snow fell from 6 am to 12 pm for a storm total so far of 3.9 inches.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 21, 2009

Here are snowfall reports from our bloggers and storm spotters:

(9:18:37 PM) nwsbot: LOT: South Beloit [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M5.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(9:18:36 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Machesney Park [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 09:00 PM CST — relayed by wrex-tv

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(6:15:06 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M4.8 INCH at 06:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:44:22 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 N Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports SNOW of M5.2 INCH at 05:40 PM CST — at wrex studio

(5:31:38 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 4 Sse Winslow [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 05:30 PM CST — snow now blowing and drifting.

(5:21:07 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 05:00 PM CST — storm total.

(5:14:51 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Wnw Bull Valley [Mchenry Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.6 INCH at 05:00 PM CST —

(4:55:19 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Mount Carroll [Carroll Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.1 INCH at 04:54 PM CST — storm total

(4:24:19 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Loves Park [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 04:00 PM CST —

(3:37:55 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.7 INCH at 03:33 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:21:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.1 INCH at 02:00 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Lake Geneva [Walworth Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.0 INCH at 01:59 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:04:57 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Orfordville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.0 INCH at 01:57 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 2:03:27 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Hanover [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of E3.5 INCH at 02:00 PM CST — still snowing.

(2/21/2009 1:34:59 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Belvidere [Boone Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M4.9 INCH at 01:15 PM CST — blowing and drifting snow. snow covered roads.

(2/21/2009 1:24:49 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.5 INCH at 01:22 PM CST — light snow continues.

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports SNOW of M5.4 INCH at 12:25 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:29:23 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 9 Wnw Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY SNOW of M6.0 INCH at 12:18 PM CST —

(2/21/2009 12:26:39 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] official nws obs reports SNOW of M3.9 INCH at 12:00 PM CST — at rockford airport the observation at 1200 pm, 2.4 inches of snow fell from 6 am to 12 pm for a storm total so far of 3.9 inches.

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This post was written by qni_it on February 21, 2009