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The radar caught birds and insects after they all began to fly prior to an earthquake in Oklahoma. It’s pretty common for flying animals to be caught on radar. Actually, it’s possible to see insect emergence, bats feeding, and other cool things like that on the radar. 

The radar caught birds and insects after they all began to fly prior to an earthquake in Oklahoma. It’s pretty common for flying animals to be caught on radar. Actually, it’s possible to see insect emergence, bats feeding, and other cool things like that on the radar. 

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: October 11

1138 - Aleppo, Syria is struck by a devastating earthquake. Many experts regard this as the third deadliest earthquake in history with reports indicating a death toll that exceeded 200,000.

1705 - Guillaume Amontons dies. He improved the barometer, thermometer, and the hygrometer. Additionally, his work with pressure and temperature in gases was used later in the development of Charles’ Law.

1889 - James Prescott Joule dies. His work in heat and mechanical work led to the theory of conservation of energy and ultimately the first law of thermodynamics. The SI unit joule is named after him. He also worked with Lord Kelvin on an absolute temperature scale.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: September 19

1710 - The Danish astronomer Ole Rømer dies. In 1676, he made the first quantitative measurements of the speed of light. He estimated that light moved at 220,000 km/s, which is about 26% lower than the true value of 300,000 km/s.

1843 - Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis dies. He did research in energy transfer in rotating systems. Although he did not coin the name the Coriolis Effect nor did he do research in atmospheric sciences or any other earth science, his research would help to give rise to what we know as the Coriolis Effect.

1985 - A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hits Mexico City. Casualties range anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 people dead.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 31

1663 - Guillaume Amontons is born. He is a well known instrument inventor and physicist. He improved the barometer (air pressure), hygrometer (humidity), and thermometer (temperature). He did research on the relationship between pressure and temperature in gases. He ended up being the first researcher to discuss the idea of absolute zero.

1886 - A 7.3 magnitude earthquake kills 100 people in Charleston, South Carolina.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 22

1949 - Queen Charlotte Islands earthquake strikes the Queen Charlotte Islands. It was an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that was the largest earthquake recorded by seismometers in Canada.

1950 - Geologist Kirk Bryan dies. He taught at Harvard until his death.

1989 - the first of Neptune’s rings is discovered.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 16

1650 - Vincenzo Coronelli is born. He is a well known cartographer and cosmographer.

1906 - An estimated 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Valparaíso, Chile. 3,886 people are killed.

1907 - James Hector, a well known Scottish geologist, naturalist, and surgeon, dies. He is most well known for going on the Palliser Expedition, which was a British expedition through the prairies and wilderness of Canada from 1857 to 1860. The purpose was to discover new plant species as well as a possible path for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He also did extensive work in New Zealand.

1957 - Irving Langmuir dies. Originally a chemist, in his later years his interests turned toward meteorology and atmospheric science. He theorized about cloud seeding in that one could, theoretically, introduce dry ice or iodide into a really moist cloud that has a low temperature in order to activate precipitation. The Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research in New Mexico is named after him.

1989 - Trading in the Toronto stock market comes to a stop when a geomagnetic storm created by a solar flare affects micro chips.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 15

1281 - The Mongol fleet of Kublai Khan attempts an invasion of Japan during the Battle of Koan but is destroyed by what the Japanese called a “divine wind” (Kamikaze), which is also known as a typhoon.

2007 - 8.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of South America. Places through Perú are devastated. 514 people were killed and 1,090 people were injured.

Semi-important events that are semi-relevant to meteorology: August 12

1885 - Physicist Jean Cabannes is born. He specialized in optics. He showed how gas molecules diffused light (pure gases can scatter light). He, along with Jean Dufay, calculated the height of the ozone layer. Additionally, he, Daure, and Rocard showed that gases diffusing monochromatic light could also change their wavelength. This is known as The Cabannes-Daure effect.

1953 - A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the Greek islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia.

1960 - NASA successfully launches the communication satellite Echo 1A. This is the first successful launching of communication satellite done by NASA.

My earthquake software just told me that there was a 7.4 magnitude earthquake near Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Island that was roughly 46 km deep. I love this software! It’s called Tectonic.

Listen to the Japan earthquake as the P-waves and T-waves travel underwater and are recorded by a hydrophone. →

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