Under the Weather: Educational Articles

Roll Clouds

November 4, 2012
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When I lived in New Mexico many years ago with my young children we used to stand on the porch of our home in Coralles and watch the storm clouds fighting on top of the mountains. I wrote of this often in my diary. They appeared to shoot forward, then roll back on themselves,...

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Double Sundog

October 11, 2012
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Double Sundog

I witnessed a double sundog this week. It was very exciting for me because I actually predicted these by the appearance of the clouds and when I drove up to the mesa, sure enough, there they were, bright and surprisingly clear. Sundogs always appear level to the sun and to the left or right of...

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Monsoon Season in the American Southwest

August 19, 2012
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Monsoon Season in the American Southwest

It is autumn, and the Southwest Monsoon Season is coming to a close.  The rains still fall, but not as often. Sometimes the clouds pour their precious cargo of moisture onto the mountain ranges and it rushes down into the valley, filling our arroyos. Just as Texans know to turn their trucks around when...

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Sundogs–Little Spots of Color in the Sky

August 6, 2012
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  I love Sundogs, those bright, mysterious spots of color in the sky! They are known by many names, including Mock Suns and Parhelia,  or Phantom Suns, but my favorite is the sun dog. I see them often in New Mexico, which is not surprising. Statistically, they appear 70 days of the year. Why...

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Funnel Cloud Spotted in NW Loveland, Colorado on April 26, 2012

May 3, 2012
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