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 […]
Foghorn Requiem in the North Sea, on June 22
“The mournful sound of a foghorn is a product of the landscape through which it travels, but up close the foghorn is probably the loudest, most exciting sound you will ever hear.“ If you happen to be near Tyneside, in the NorthEast of England on June 22nd at around 12.30, you have a chance to […]
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, […]
Whynot: Breathe Sulfuric Acid in Fog?
Some people ask why. Some ask Whynot. Today we celebrate the work of researcher J.D. Whynot: “Short-Term Respiratory Effects of Sulfuric Acid in Fog: a laboratory study of healthy and asthmatic volunteers,” Avol, E.L. ; Linn, W.S. ; Wightman, L.H. ; Whynot, J.D. ; Anderson, K.R. ; Hackney, J.D, J. Air Pollut. Control Assoc., March […]