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  • 'Banished' words: 'Bae,' 'swag,' 'polar vortex'

    01/01/2015 8:09:19 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 57 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.,- A Michigan university said its 40th annual list of "banished" words includes "bae," "polar vortex," "hack," "skill set," "swag," and "foodie." Lake Superior State University said its annual "List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" was chosen by members of a committee from submissions by the public. Topping the list this year was "bae," a term of endearment that came into common use this year. "Meaning 'before anyone else.' How stupid! Stop calling your boyfriend 'bae,'" Evie Dunagan of Manheim, Pa., wrote in submitting the word for banishment. LSSU...
  • There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters

    11/21/2014 6:26:23 PM PST · by Crazieman · 83 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 11/20/2014 | Chris Mooney
    It may be the timeliest -- and most troubling -- idea in climate science. Back in 2012, two researchers with a particular interest in the Arctic, Rutgers' Jennifer Francis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Stephen Vavrus, published a paper called "Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes." In it, they suggested that the fact that the Arctic is warming so rapidly is leading to an unexpected but profound effect on the weather where the vast majority of us live -- a change that, if their theory is correct, may have something to do with the extreme winter weather...
  • All 50 States Will See Freezing Temperatures

    11/13/2014 8:12:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/13/2014 | Staff
    The Arctic chill is gripping the Rockies and Upper Midwest — and it’s crawling east. Sharp drops in temperature are expected in other parts of the U.S. in the coming days, thanks to a powerful weather system that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend before blanketing several state ins snow. CBS News reports that all 50 states will see freezing temperatures. A look at the system and its effects: ___ THE LINGERING COLD Dangerously cold weather was expected to linger until Thursday in eastern Montana, where temperatures could reach as low as negative 30 degrees. Denver’s high was...
  • Polar Vortex coming next after NOAA say don't expect a polar vortex this winter

    11/08/2014 4:23:10 AM PST · by Perdogg · 57 replies
    NOAA says no polar Vortex Polar Vortex coming to the US the end of next week
  • Salon Readies Polar Vortex Excuse in Case of Unusually Cold Winter

    10/18/2014 7:11:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Heads we win, tails you lose. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the global warming alarmists. Case in point is the polar vortex which was used by that crowd to explain away the unusually cold temperatures this past winter. And just in case this coming winter turns out to be very cold again, the same polar vortex excuse is being readied over at Salon. Of course, that excuse will only be used if the temperatures are quite low. However, if it turns out to be a mild temperature that will be cited as a result warming. So...
  • Global warming likely to cause colder and snowier winters, scientists say (Actual Headline)

    09/17/2014 8:49:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 78 replies
    AOL ^ | 09/15/2014 | RYAN GORMAN
    Scientists now believe that global warming is to blame for extreme cold snaps in North America during the winter months – and that it will only keep happening. The "polar vortex" that plunged Canada and the U.S. into historical cold last winter is said by researchers to have occurred because melting polar ice changes weather patterns, according to a study published earlier this month.
  • Summer 'polar vortex' cooling off parts of U.S. while the West bakes

    07/11/2014 11:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/11/2014 | Christine Mai-Duc
    <p>Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another "polar vortex."</p> <p>That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the northern and eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern Canada to the Great Lakes area and slips eastward toward the coast.</p>
  • Study links California drought to global warming

    04/24/2014 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:02 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A new study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for the recent harsh winter. […] The new study blames an unusual combination of a strong Western high pressure ridge and deep Great Lakes low pressure trough. And it says that is linked to a recently found precursor to El Niño, the world-weather changing phenomenon. And that precursor itself seems amplified by a build-up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. …
  • Another blast of arctic air follows latest snow

    03/04/2014 8:05:56 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 04, 2014
    The seemingly endless winter dumped a half a foot snow on the ground in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and many areas Tuesday morning saw something even more unusual in March: a blast of arctic air that sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport broke a 141-year-old record low temperature
  • Dire signs from a warming world

    01/28/2014 8:23:56 AM PST · by CedarDave · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2014 | Eugene Robinson
    Another insane cold wave — not the infamous “polar vortex ” but its evil twin — is bringing sub-zero and single-digit temperatures to much of the nation. And global warming may be even more extreme, and potentially more catastrophic, than climate scientists had feared. This is, of course, no contradiction. The rallying cry of the denialists — “It’s really cold outside, so global warming must be a crock!” — can be taken seriously only by those with a toddler’s limited conception of time and space. They forget that it’s winter, and apparently they don’t quite grasp that even when it’s...
  • The Polar Vortex: I'm Mad as Hell, and I'm Not Going to Take It Any More

    01/24/2014 6:23:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Penn St ^ | January 24, 2014
    I thought that my anger over the media's misuse of the term, polar vortex, during the first week of January (2014) had subsided until I heard references this week to a "piece of the polar vortex breaking away" and bringing the current siege of cold weather to the eastern half of the contiguous states. In the words of the late actor, Peter Finch, from his Oscar-winning performance in the film, Network, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more" (YouTube clip of his acclaimed rant).What is the polar vortex? For the record, the polar vortex...
  • The People vs Winter

    01/23/2014 6:54:34 AM PST · by navysealdad · 2 replies
    Ice-induced pavement pile-up's, out of control vehicles, winter fail wipe outs and the usual death defiers.
  • Polar Vortex 2.0 Arrives.So What Will The Explanation Be This Time?,Product Of Global Warming?

    01/21/2014 3:21:13 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 21 replies
    During the first week of January,we were all laughing and ridiculing "The Usual Global Warming Suspects".And yet since the first Polar Vortex,G.W. Supporters never gave up explaining on various news programs that the first record cold wave was caused by Global Warming.Now,as we all know by now,"Polar Vortex 2.0" is forecast to actually be either colder,and/or longer than the first one from week of Jan.3.So does anyone expect to hear from Al Roker,Al Gore or even "The Weather Channel"?,Maybe at least once this winter someone will declare that G.W. is a hoax? And why wont anyone on the Weather Channel...
  • Federal Gov't Closes Due to Threat of Snow

    01/21/2014 7:12:48 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 88 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | JAN 21, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Federal Gov't Closes Due to Threat of Snow Why? Because the forecast calls for snow. (Currently there is no snow falling or on the ground.)
  • Poll: Polar Vortex Dwarfs Christie Controversy in Public Interest

    01/14/2014 6:13:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 17 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    The Chris Christie witch hunt is on in New Jersey, as national and New Jersey Democrats attempt to skewer the Republican governor over "Bridge-gate." Yet, no one really cares - at least not nearly as much as they care about the polar vortex that hit last week. A whopping 18% of Americans are closely following this story - and 60% say they haven't changed their opinion about Governor Christie, according to a new Pew poll. Six percent even think more favorably of him these days. It just shows you that people don't care much about a local "scandal" involving traffic...
  • Here comes polar vortex TWO

    01/13/2014 8:43:11 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 76 replies ^ | 13JAN2014 | Robert Felix
    “This is way overdone,” says meteorologist Joe Bastardi. “The one coming around Jan 25-31 will be much stronger.” Another Arctic blast to hit US next week, shouts the Daily Mail. A new cold-front is expected to hit the East Coast on Thursday. The upcoming front of icy temperatures is expected to bring arctic air to southern Canada and then move into the northern plains of the U.S. before moving to the Midwest and East Coast – each of which is still recovering from last week’s frigid temperatures. Forecasters expect the first stage of the new arctic blast to hit the...
  • "Don't Flush Your Toilets" Mayor Says As Ohio Water Supply Freezes; Niagara Falls Frozen

    01/09/2014 8:00:01 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 9, 2014
    The nation may be slowly thawing from its deep freeze "polar vortex", but that is no comfort for tens of thousands of Ohians, whose water supply has literally frozen in the past day after the valves at the Avon Lake Municipal Utility plant were planted in ice, dramatically lowering the supply of water. NBC reports that "tens of thousands of customers in several counties in Ohio are facing a dramatic water shortage after the intake valves at a key plant that draws water from Lake Erie apparently froze amid the wild winter weather." As a result, the mayor of Avon...
  • DeFazio: U.S. Must Regulate Carbon Emissions and ‘Force’ Regulation on Other Countries

    01/08/2014 9:13:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 8, 2014 - 11:47 AM | Susan Jones
    Blasting Republican “climate-change deniers” as well as “blathering idiots on talk shows” who joked about the “Arctic vortex,” Rep. Peter DeFazio urged Congress to tackle climate change in 2014. He called it one of the “biggest challenges of our time.” He wants the Obama administration to regulate carbon emissions as pollution. And “even if we take strong measures here, we’ve got to force those measures on other countries,” he said in a five-minute speech on the House floor Wednesday. “Now how are we going to get China and other countries lined up on this?” DeFazio asked. …
  • White House Makes Its Global Warming Case Amid Polar Vortex Deniers

    01/08/2014 3:01:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/8 | Adam Martin
    All kinds of people and organizations, from media to scientists, have been pushing back against the idea, popular among the Rush Limbaugh set, that recent bitingly cold weather disproves global warming. Rather, they say, global warming actually causes this extreme weather, by making the polar air mass more unstable. That's now the official line of the White House, which is embarking on a bit of a media blitz to deny the notion that one cold snap means climate change is a lie. In a video released Wednesday, President Obama's science and technology advisor, Dr. John Holdren, made the two-minute case....
  • Unreal: Obama Administration Blames Record Cold On Global Warming (Video)

    01/08/2014 6:47:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/8/14 | Kristinn Taylor
    Unreal: Obama Administration Blames Record Cold On Global Warming (Video) Posted by Andrea Ryan on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:36 PM Guest Post by Kristinn Taylor The Obama administration released a YouTube video on Wednesday by Obama Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren blaming ‘global warming’ for the recent polar vortex driven outbreak of sub-zero weather in North America. The two-minute-twelve-second long official White House video opens with a satellite image dated January 7, 2014 of most of the central and eastern United States and Canada covered in clouds and snow (any evocation of the Day After Tomorrow is pure propaganda...
  • TIME Magazine Archive Article -- Another Ice Age? -- Jun. 24, 1974(ENVIRONMENTALISM BARF!!!)

    07/11/2006 5:47:34 AM PDT · by paltz · 32 replies · 7,628+ views
    TIME MAGAZINE ^ | June 24, 1974/2006 | Time Magazine
    TIME MAGAZINE -1974LINK TO 1974 ARTICLEIn Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced...
  • Farmer’s Almanac, Chicken Entrails, AGW “Climate Scientists”

    01/08/2014 12:01:14 PM PST · by mononymous · 13 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 1/8/2014 | Mononymous1
    One of these things, is not like the others. Let’s see, we knew back in September, 2013; that the 222 year old Farmer’s Almanac predicted a lousy winter. Some where, some place, a medicine man reading chicken entrails probably got it right, as well. And the AGW folks? Well, where are their models? Show us the “polar vortex” in your models and while you are at it, tell us what next winter will be like so we know if you have a clue as to what you are talking about. However, also let us know if your models showed “alarming...
  • Global warming devastates America

    01/07/2014 8:23:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 7, 2014 | James Delingpole
    See that white stuff floating down past the orange trees and landing on your alligators and manatees, Florida? That's global warming, that is. See that frozen white thing by the harbor that used to look a green woman with a spiky headdress, New York? That's global warming, that is. See that chilling solid yellow stream extending upwards from the snowy ground to your shrivelling blackened member after you made the very wrong call to take an al fresco leak, Chicagoans? That's global warming, that is. How do we know this? Because Bryan Walsh of Time magazine says so: But not...
  • How Global Warming Can Make Cold Snaps Even Worse [Polar Vortex!]

    01/07/2014 1:15:19 PM PST · by zeestephen · 54 replies ^ | 07 January 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    In fact, despite the trolling of Donald Trump and other climate change deniers, global warming is probably contributing to the record cold, as counter-intuitive as that may seem. The key factor is a feedback mechanism of climate change known as Arctic amplification.
  • The Polar Vortex Thing Sounds too "Wag the Doggish" for me

    01/07/2014 10:22:05 AM PST · by jazzpatriot · 224 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | Tom Wholley
    The country is under attack by a record breaking cold wave with subzero temperatures we haven't heard about since, well...the first half of the twentieth century, which must seem strange to all you well coddled millennials out there, but use to get really...really cold when I was growing up in the 1950s. And wait until you hear what it was like when my father was growing up in the 1920s and the local salt water river that flows into the city from the Atlantic froze solid. But I know its hard to conceive of something like that when all...
  • Is global warming behind polar vortex?

    01/07/2014 2:23:32 AM PST · by SMGFan · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 6, 2014
    Global warming may be contributing to the "polar vortex" causing frigid temperatures across most of the nation on Monday, according to some climate change researchers.
  • Inside the Beltway: Polar vortex fits leftist agenda

    01/07/2014 6:41:12 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 6, 2013 | Jennifer Harper
    Inside the Beltway: Polar vortex fits leftist agenda By Jennifer Harper The Washington Times Monday, January 6, 2014 The word of the day is “polar vortex,” which has inspired several thousand press accounts obsessing over the frigid weather pattern now freezing much of the nation — along with a call of fraud. “Right on schedule, the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like this is completely unprecedented, because they’ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda. And they have. It’s called the polar vortex. The dreaded polar vortex,”...
  • Left Creates "Polar Vortex" to Make You Think Winter is Caused by Global Warming

    01/06/2014 3:35:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Rush ^ | January 6, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So, ladies and gentlemen, we are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it's completely unprecedented. Because they've got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It's called the "polar vortex." The dreaded polar vortex. Do you know what the polar vortex is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, they just created it for this week. Actually, there is a piece. I've got a piece in...
  • Propane Vs. Kerosene Backup Heating ?

    01/06/2014 12:27:07 PM PST · by virgil283 · 79 replies
    Advise for back up heat for house...kerosene or propane ? Price vs BTU output ...other ?
  • The Rose: Spinning Vortex of Saturn Polar Storm

    05/02/2013 7:44:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | unattributed
  • The Great Dark Spot

    03/13/2003 7:52:07 AM PST · by forsnax5 · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Science@NASA ^ | March 12, 2003 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    The Cassini spacecraft has photographed an extraordinary dark cloud on Jupiter twice as big as Earth itself. Listen to this story via streaming audio, a downloadable file, or get help.March 12, 2003: For more than a century astronomers thought that the Great Red Spot was the biggest thing on Jupiter. Not anymore. Images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed something at least as large.The Great Dark Spot."I was totally blown away when I saw it--a dark cloud twice as big as Earth swirling around Jupiter's north pole," says Bob West, a planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Right: This...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    05/01/2007 3:37:55 AM PDT · by sig226 · 4 replies · 373+ views
    NASA ^ | 5/1/07 | ESA/MPS, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
    Swirling Clouds Over the South Pole of Venus Credit: ESA/MPS, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany Explanation: What's happening over the South Pole of Venus? To find out, scientists sent the robot Venus Express spacecraft now orbiting Venus directly over the lower spin axis of Earth's overheated twin. Venus Express confirmed there a spectacular massive swirling storm system with similarities to the vortex recently imaged over Saturn's South Pole. The above composite image in infrared light features Venus' daytime side on the left, shining primarily by reflected sunlight, and nighttime side on the right, shining primarily by thermal light. A Venusian polar vortex...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    10/27/2008 4:10:36 AM PDT · by sig226 · 3 replies · 681+ views
    NASA ^ | 10/27/08 | Cassini Imaging team
    Beneath the South Pole of Saturn Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Explanation: What clouds lurk beneath Saturn's unusual South Pole? To help find out, the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn imaged the nether region of the gigantic ringed orb in infrared light. There thick clouds appear dark as they mask much of the infrared light emitted from warmer regions below, while relatively thin clouds appear much lighter. Bands of clouds circle Saturn at several latitudes, while dark ovals indicate many dark swirling storm systems. Surprisingly, a haze of upper level clouds visible towards Saturn's equator disappears...
  • Strange Vortex Discovered on Saturn Moon Titan

    07/10/2012 6:31:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 10 July 2012 Time: 06:27 PM ET | Staff
    A NASA spacecraft has spied a vortex swirling in the atmosphere high above the south pole of the Saturn moon Titan, hinting that winter may be coming to the huge body's southern reaches. NASA's Cassini probe photographed the polar vortex — or mass of swirling gas — during a flyby of Titan on June 27. The vortex appears to complete one full rotation in nine hours, while it takes Titan about 16 days to spin once around its axis. "The structure inside the vortex is reminiscent of the open cellular convection that is often seen over Earth's oceans," Tony Del...
  • Astronomers Find 'Hot Spot' on Saturn

    02/04/2005 9:33:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,443+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/05 | Jaymes Song - AP
    HONOLULU - Astronomers using a giant telescope atop a volcano have discovered a hot spot at the tip of Saturn's south pole. The infrared images captured by the Keck I telescope at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island suggest a warm polar vortex — a large-scale weather pattern likened to a jet stream on Earth that occurs in the upper atmosphere. It's the first such hot vortex ever discovered in the solar system. The team of scientists say the images are the sharpest thermal views of Saturn ever taken from the ground. Their work will...
  • Incredible Raw Image of Saturn’s Swirling North Pole (Saturn's Enigmatic Swirling Hexagon)

    11/28/2012 10:32:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Universe Today ^ | November 28, 2012 | Jason Major
    Are you ready for this? I know… WOW. This swirling maelstrom of clouds is what was seen over Saturn’s north pole earlier today, November 27, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This is a raw image, acquired in polarized light, from a distance of 238,045 miles (383,097 kilometers)… all I did was remove some of the hot pixels that are commonly found on Cassini images taken with longer exposures. Again… WOW. My attempt at a color composite can be seen below, plus another treat: It’s rough, and a little muddy because the clouds were moving between image channels (not to mention the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- In the Center of Saturn's North Polar Vortex

    12/04/2012 8:30:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 04, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happening at the north pole of Saturn? A vortex of strange and complex swirling clouds. The center of this vortex was imaged in unprecedented detail last week by the robotic Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. These clouds lie at the center of the unusual hexagonal cloud system that surrounds the north pole of Saturn. Saturn's north pole precessed into sunlight just a few years ago, with Cassini taking only infrared images of the shadowed region previously. The above image is raw and unprocessed and is being prepared for release in 2013. Several similar images of the region have recently...
  • Saturn's Monstrous South Polar Storm - 5000 Miles across

    11/13/2007 12:34:35 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies · 83+ views ^ | 11/01/2007
      ASA Sees into the Eye of a Monster Storm on Saturn. Cassini image recorded November 9, 2006 Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Nov 1, 2007Saturn's Monstrous Polar Storm A gigantic vortex centered on Saturn's south pole has sent astronomers scrambling for answers—again. They remain unaware that Wallace Thornhill had predicted this very "surprise."A recent image of Saturn’s south polar region, taken by the Cassini spacecraft, poses further mysteries for NASA investigators. The cameras reveal a giant hurricane-like “storm” with a polar eye, ringed by towering clouds.The "hurricane" spans a dark area inside a thick, brighter ring of clouds. It...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- South Polar Vortex Discovered on Titan

    07/24/2012 5:18:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | July 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happening over the south pole of Titan? A vortex of haze appears to be forming, although no one is sure why. The above natural-color image shows the light-colored feature. The vortex was found on images taken last month when the robotic Cassini spacecraft flew by the unusual atmosphere-shrouded moon of Saturn. Cassini was only able to see the southern vortex because its orbit around Saturn was recently boosted out of the plane where the rings and moons move. Clues as to what created the enigmatic feature are accumulating, including that Titan's air appears to be sinking in the...
  • Hot Cyclones Churn at Both Ends of Saturn [GW?]

    01/04/2008 8:20:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies · 308+ views ^ | 01-04-08 | NASA
    This image shows newly discovered "hot spot" on Saturn's north pole and the mysterious hexagon that encircles the pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/Oxford University Despite more than a decade of winter darkness, Saturn's north pole is home to an unexpected hot spot remarkably similar to one at the planet's sunny south pole. The source of its heat is a mystery. Now, the first detailed views of the gas giant's high latitudes from the Cassini spacecraft reveal a matched set of hot cyclonic vortices, one at each pole. While scientists already knew about the hot spot at Saturn's south pole from...
  • Bizarre Hexagon Spotted on Saturn

    03/27/2007 11:10:24 AM PDT · by anymouse · 173 replies · 6,169+ views ^ | 3/27/07
    One of the most bizarre weather patterns known has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole. Rather than the normally sinuous cloud structures seen on all planets that have atmospheres, this thing is a hexagon. The honeycomb-like feature has been seen before. NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged it more than two decades ago. Now, having spotted it with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists conclude it is a long-lasting oddity. "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides," said Kevin Baines,...
  • Saturn's Strange Hexagon Recreated in the Lab

    04/09/2010 10:33:16 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies · 663+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 08 April 2010 | Adam Mann
    Saturn boasts one of the solar system's most geometrical features: a giant hexagon encircling its north pole. Though not as famous as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Saturn's Hexagon is equally mysterious. Now researchers have recreated this formation in the lab using little more than water and a spinning table—an important first step, experts say, in finally deciphering this cosmic mystery. Saturn’s striped appearance comes from jet streams that fly east to west through its atmosphere at different latitudes. Most jets form circular bands, but the Voyager spacecraft snapped pictures of an enormous hexagonally shaped one (each side rivals Earth's diameter)...
  • Mysterious hexagon spotted above Saturn

    03/29/2007 12:15:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies · 943+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2007
    A mysterious giant hexagon lies above Saturn's north pole, captured by cameras on Nasa's Cassini Orbiter. Spanning 25,000km - equivalent to the width of two planet Earths - the bizarre geometric feature appears to remain virtually still in the atmosphere as clouds swirl around it. The infra-red images show the hexagon - which contains a smaller six-sided formation - extends about 60km down into the clouds. The hexagon is similar to Earth's polar vortex, which has winds blowing in a circular pattern around the polar region. On Saturn, the vortex has a hexagonal shape. The six-sided shape is in stark...