Quantifying Missing Drizzle – a new paradigm [study]

If a raindrop is less than 0.5mm in diameter, it’s drizzle – and if a drizzle particle is over 0.5mm, it’s a raindrop. That’s following the definitions of the National Weather Service Observing Handbook No. 8, Aviation Weather Observations for Supplementary Aviation Weather Reporting Stations (SAWRS), Manual Observations, October 1996. But quantifying drizzle is not […]

Measuring the fog of his prose

Some sociologists looooooooooove long words. And some love to poke sharp sticks at their serpentine-tongued fellows. Harvard sociologist Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) was one of the profession’s biggest, most favourite, piñatas. Three years after Parsons composed his final few hundred thousand words, Hugh P Whitt and James C Creech, sociologists at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, […]