Some answers to pop ice quiz yesterday and, enhanced science content

I thought today I would provide some answers to yesterday’s pop “ice-Q” quiz a new expression I just now made up except that I just now also found out that its already “out there” for a computer graphics card and some refrigerators.

But ignoring that fact completely, you might try using it in a sentence today:  “My ice-Q level is gradually getting higher these days.  I’ve been working on it for some time now.” Lot easier to say than “ice IQ.”  Thanks in advance for using “ice-Q” in a sentence today!  You’ll have to make it clear that you’re not referring to a graphics enhancing video card or to overclocking a computer and a refrigerator of some kind.

I thought, too,  that maybe I need more science content; maybe I’m kidding around too much, teasing you with droll, well, maybe sophomoric humor, and ludicrously WRONG content, like indicating on a diagram that the Equator goes through Hawaii and that the day of the week changes when you cross the Equator.  That was so funny! (Or was it?) ((Well, I laughed…))  (((Hmmmmm…maybe a laugh track1would help, like on all those TEEVEE shows that seem to indicate that America has the sense of humor of a moron.))) ((((Is this too strong?))))

So, today I thought I would ramp up the science content, give you something a little heavier to think about, give the old noggin’ some real exercise.  Below,  from Agee et al. in the February 15 issue of Science just out I put it in extra big letters so you won’t miss anything:science007

Its about a bit of Mars found in Morocco at something like the Tucson Gem and Mineral show. If you ever dreamed of being a spaceperson and wanted to go to Mars to see what’s like, you don’t have to go.  Some of its already here. Seems the planet was shooting stuff at us, oh, maybe “2.089” billion years ago.  Some of Mars is at lot closer than you think, too.  Its just over in New Mexico at the UNM Meteoritic Museum in ABQ!  How great is that?

Some answers

Below, some of the very SAME photos you saw yesterday with arrows and writing on them.  OK, I am repeating things.  But you know what, life is a lot easier when you repeat things rather than have to think up new things.




End of answers.

Now I will look at the weather way ahead…

First, I did see a bunch of NOAA tornado watches out associated with our cold trough, now those watches are for central Florida, so it was good to hear that other than a scare, some big ones didn’t occur.  You can get all the warnings and watches here, BTW.

Nothing out there, really, for us for two weeks or more.  A close call for precip and another cold surge happens around the 9-10th of March, that’s about it.

Oh, me, another LONG dry spell ahead.  Are we REALLY going to have a third drier-than-normal late winter and spring in a row?  Sure looks like it now with February on line to be just short of an inch compared with our inch and a half average.  Dang.

With no weather ahead, will likely hibernate for awhile.  Watch some TEEVEE (hahahaha).


1Try “hysterical at this site.



By Art Rangno

Retiree from a group specializing in airborne measurements of clouds and aerosols at the University of Washington (Cloud and Aerosol Research Group). The projects in which I participated were in many countries; from the Arctic to Brazil, from the Marshall Islands to South Africa.