What is Reality?


Below: h/t OregonMuse on A♠ Sunday Morning Book Thread

Curiosity takes selfie

h/t J.J. Sefton’s Morning Report on A♠

Curiosity takes selfie next to two of its most important drill holes

October 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm – Robert Zimmerman, Behind the Black

The Curiosity science team today released a beautiful mosaic of the rover, stitched from 57 different images. …shows the rover’s two most recent drill holes… The two drill holes are significant because of the chemical experiment that Curiosity is subjecting the material from those holes.…


National Weather Service:

What are they?

A fallstreak hole (also known as a “hole punch cloud”) is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds.

How do they form?

High to mid level clouds, such as altocumulus, are often composed of tiny water droplets that are much colder than freezing, but have yet to freeze. These “supercooled” water droplets need a “reason” to freeze, which usually comes in the form of ice crystals. Planes passing through the cloud layer can bring these ice crystals.

Once the ice crystals are introduced, the water droplet quickly freeze, grow and start to fall. A hole is left behind, which will start to expand outward as neighboring droplets start to freeze.




Featured pic: metoffice.gov.uk

h/t Moron Robbie on A♠






Some solstice events that look like something I’d want to attend.

Summer Solstice ParadeSan Juan Islands



Solstice events I’m sure I would not want to attend.




2018? Darn! Missed this one.

It might’ve reached 100° here today.
I could enjoy this solstice celebration:


Unfriendly and Unforgiving Nature

Wow, all this flooding and tornadoes lately out here on the plains is getting really annoying!…

22 Dead, 2 Missing in Record Flooding Across Midwest

I think I’ll get away from this deadly natural disaster, take a nice drive up into the mountains.

Crews blast apart massive boulder that closed Colorado highway

The enormous 2.5-million-pound rock tumbled and plowed its way to the two-lane highway from a ridgeline roughly 1,000 feet above on Friday. CDOT officials say the second massive boulder, which created an eight-foot trench across both lanes and landed on the east side of the road, may remain where it sits.

h/t Muldoon on A♠
Recommended: A Limerick A Day, Muldoon’s Library of Limericks