Huge bolts of lightning over Adelaide Airport captured by Rowland Beardsell in March 2013, that features in the calendar. Source: Supplied



New German research vessel inaugurated by Chancellor Merkel



The new 116 m long ship will go into service in December 2014 and will focus its activities on the Pacific and Indian ocean.

RV Sonne  Credit: M. Wessels, MEYER WERFT


The research vessel is named after its 45 year old predecessor the RV “SONNE”. The main difference with the former SONNE, a converted fishing trawler is that the current vessel was purposely build to conduct research activities. Research covered by the new “SONNE” will range from aspects of climate change, research of marine biodiversity in deep seas, sustainable exploration of marine resources, research on georisks, volcanology and natural disasters up to geochemistry and the study of oceanic currents.

During the official inauguration in Rostock Chancellor Merkel called the “SONNE” ‘the new star

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Weathering the storm: AF eyes in the sky provide global weather data

Posted 9/30/2014   Updated 9/30/2014


by  Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel Air Force News Service

9/30/2014 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- -- In the absolute silence of space, a special group of satellites circles our planet in a fast, low earth orbit, their cameras and sensors point toward Earth as they record endless data and images of storm systems and weather patterns moving across the globe below.
Back on the ground, hidden in a D.C. suburb, Maj. Jonathan Whitaker squints against the sun and points to Marine One, the U.S. president's dedicated helicopter, as it arches its way across the horizon of the nation's capital.
Whitaker is commander of Detachment 1, 50th Operations Group,

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Ladrones de Arena



Un joven se mete en el mar y camina unos metros por la orilla. Y cuando el agua le llega hasta el pecho se sumerge. Una vez en la superficie, sale con una pala desbordante de arena húmeda. La introduce poco a poco con movimientos enérgicos en un cubo que sostiene la mujer que espera a su lado. Antes de colocar el pesado cubo sobre su cabeza, se detiene un instante cerrando los ojos. Una ola la golpea por detrás y pasa por encima de ella. Cuando ya ha pasado, se levanta, aprieta los dientes y vadea la orilla.

Los ladrones de arena tienen prisa. El reflujo dura seis horas, por lo que tienen que aprovechar la marea baja para coger arena.

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US.- The National Hurricane Center (NHC)

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America's calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.

To meet its mission, the NHC is composed of several units. The Hurricane Specialist Unit (HSU)maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones and areas of disturbed weather within the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. The HSU prepares

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