Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cyclone Yasi

After having having to cope with Cyclone Anthony last week in Australia, Cyclone Yasi is expected to be a very strong category 3 or possible category 4 storm. This in an area that has already suffered with some flooding in November although the major flooding was further south near Brisbane. There is a very distinct possibility of powerful flash flooding may occur with Cyclone Yasi. This storm is predicted to be one of the fiercest storms the region has ever seen.

“This storm is huge and it is life-threatening,” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said. “I know many of us will feel that Queensland has already borne about as much as we can bear when it comes to disasters and storms, but more is being asked of us — and I am confident that we are able to rise to this next challenge.”

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Monthly Full Moon Names

Did you know that the moon has more than one name each month. Of course all of this was from the ancient past.
Native Americans in the eastern and northern US were the ones that started the naming of the full moon each month. Although there were some variations of the monthly names, generally the names were the same.

Here are the names for each month:

Full Wolf Moon
With the freezing zero cold along with extreme snows of midwinter – the packs of wolves were hungry and just outside the Indian Villages. The Full Wolf Moon is also known as the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule. In some tribes though, this is also known as the Full Snow Moon and would apply it to the name to the next moon.

Full Snow Moon
Usually the heaviest snows fall in this month. Hunting becomes extremely  difficult, so some tribes will call this the Full Hunger Moon.

Full Worm Moon
During March, the ground starts to soften and this allows the earthworms to appear, inviting the return of the robins. The Northern tribes also thought of this a the Full Crow Moon due to the cawing of the crows and hoping this will be the signal of the ending of winter. Or sometimes some tribes would call it the Full Crust Moon due to the snow cover becoming crusted from the thawing during the day and freezing during the night.

Full Pink Moon
The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and – among coastal tribes – the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn.

Full Flower Moon
Flowers are now sprouting everywhere. This moon was also known as the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

Full Strawberry Moon
In the north, strawberry (yummy) picking season peaks during this month.

Full Buck Moon
This is the month when the antlers of new bucks appear from their foreheads and their fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being now most frequent. Sometimes it’s also called the Full Hay Moon.

Full Sturgeon Moon
This month the large fish of the Great Lakes and from other major bodies of water is most readily caught.
A few tribes named it as the Full Red Moon because when the moon rises it looks reddish when the moon appears thru the haze. Also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon usually comes in September in the Northern Hemisphere, but (on average) once or twice a decade it will fall in early October. At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon.
Usually the moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night – just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada.

Full Hunters’ Moon
It’s hunting time. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride, and can more easily see the animals, which can be caught for a Thanksgiving banquet after the harvest.

Full Beaver Moon
At this point of the year, it’s time to set beaver traps before the swamps freeze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.   Some tribes call this month the Frosty Moon.

Full Cold Moon
December is also the month the winter cold fastens its grip. Sometimes this moon is referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon or the Moon Before Yule.


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Verizon iPhone Announcement – Big Deal or Not?

So, today was the day the Verizon iPhone was to be announced. After seeing the releases, not a big deal yet a lot of people are going to switch to Verizon. The first editions of the Verizon iPhone will not be 4G. No voice and data at the same time. The new iPhone will be available next month, prices  32mb $199 – 64mb $299.

The big announcement of course was played out at 11am on 1/11/11. From what I got – many people were very disappointed. So now those who go out and buy the 3G version of the Verizon iPhone will have to wait at least a year before the 4G iPhone will be available. The new iPhone will use the CDMA technology and not the LTE. It will have a 5 megapixel camera, HD video, and the custom A4 chip.

So when the second generation of the Verizon iPhone rolls out, lets hope it will have the LTE (or better), and if a lot of people do switch from ATT to Verizon, will they be able to handle the influx and not have the same problems ATT is having. What will the pricing be for the second generation?

My own opinion is this was one big disappointment and I think a lot more people thought Verizon was going to shock them with something fantastic.

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Post-a-day?

Its been 6 days now and I wanted to post once a day as WP Daily Post suggested. At this rate, my grade would be a D- and that is not even adding my content rating. All this week, my thoughts have been clouded and I just can’t seem to get back on track. I have heard the suggestions that writing once a day, unless you are a professional writer, you might be sacrificing quantity versus quality. That argument is very true as you cannot become a better writer without a lot of experimenting, thus making your posts stand out against the others. On the other side of the coin though if you just write something that has no quality or merit, should you be punished for the lack of quality. At least you posted something even though it might not be your best writing. Will just writing anything help your writing skills. I don’t think anyone could truly answer that question.

So now I am wondering is there another way to help polish my post. Should I add music or a photo that reflects what the post is all about? Does adding the music or photo diminish the quality of the post. Surely just adding the music/photo does not help my writing skills. So here I am banging my head on the wall and pondering with all these thoughts. Oh well, maybe next week my head will be out of the clouds.

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Dry Season for Florida

This has been one of those years where the weather for south Florida has been a little unusual. Although the abnormally strong La Nina was anticipated, a couple of fronts plowed through Miami and leaving some areas of below freezing temperatures was abnormal to say the least. The abnormally cold temperatures took their toll on the agricultural areas with farmers up all night spraying water on the plants and just praying the cold did not damage the entire harvest. I myself love to pick the strawberries right after we have a a cold front with temperatures in the upper 30’s- low 40’s. This tends to sweeten the strawberries.

So now we are now in a dry spell. Not good for Florida. What is most damaging is that this dry spell actually began during the hurricane season. Florida, even though we don’t like those tropical systems, they bring rain in south Florida usually during the late summer and early fall. Since this did not happen this year, we are now into that rain starved dry season.

There is possible chance that the forecast for March is indicating for some rainfall. After that, there is a very good chance of below normal rainfall for all of Florida and unfortunately this will set the stage for a bad fire season which peaks March-May.

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Rainstorms in the Desert?

Have scientists been able to use technology to create rainstorms in the desert? There are claims that scientists that are employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi have actually done so. Fifty rainstorms were created last year in the Al Ain region during the summer in July and August. At that time of year there is normally no rain at all. Some people living in Abu Dhabi were puzzled when they saw lightning and even some hail during the rainstorms when there should not be any at this time of year.

Scientists from Metro System used ionizers to produce negatively charged particles (electrons). The negative charged ions will rise due to the hot air and during this process it will also attract dust. Eventually the dust particles will reach the right height to form cloud formation. The charges will soon attract water molecules that are are floating in the air and those molecules will condense around them.
If there is sufficient moisture in the air, it will induce billions of droplets to form thus these will become clouds and the whole theory is that this will create rain.

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