Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Word of the day...

Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɨkər/ or /ˈpɛtrɨkɔər/) is the scent of rain on dry earth. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning stone + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. It is defined as "the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell"

Monday, 22 July 2013

Current reading...

A classic book on the Cairngorms.
Preparing for SAGT conference session which is on the mountains of Scotland....

I hear thunder... hark don't you...

Thunder and lightning is predicted for the next few days, as the heat and humidity that has built up over the last few weeks comes to a climax...
There are some thunderstorms developing already and it's possible that tonight will be dramatic...

It's worth following a few Twitter accounts which are related to weather and such issues...

@MetOffice - of course
@weatherquest_uk
@UKASF - UK Storm Forecasts
@CloudAppSoc - Cloud Appreciation Society

I'll be putting together some materials related to the summer heatwave ready for the new academic year. There are plenty of economic connections.

There are various weather apps which will also be useful for tracking the storms, and sites such as Rain Today.

Given the dry, baked nature of the ground, flash flooding is likely...

Image: Alan Parkinson

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Our new Mission:Explore book

A superb way to explore the landscape is to go camping...

In association with the RSPB...

The RSPB Big Wild Sleepout will take place over the summer.

Follow the link for ideas to while away the warm summer evenings...

Monday, 8 July 2013

Barefoot World Atlas - free at the moment...

A range of apps have gone free on the App store...
Some of them are mentioned on this Mashable post. I heard via Twitter from Clare Rafferty first thing this morning...

The Barefoot World Atlas is the first app that I installed - thankfully, I'd had a clear out recently and had the 1Gb+ of space that it takes...
This was developed with the assistance of Nicholas Crane and looks rather nice...
Get it while you can at 'my favourite price'....

Also check out some of the other free apps too....