Mike Olbinski: Supercell video

Beautiful time-lapse video of Mother Nature getting her knickers in a twist. Watch this at 108op and go full screen. You can see a beautiful still from the video here.

Of course, since I have an odd mind, if you hadn’t figured that out by now, I couldn’t help but think of this much older and much less serious video effort:

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Meanwhile, in Australia

While Utah suffers under the effects of a temperature inversion, Australia is so bloody hot they ran out of colors for their heat map.


Sorry, mates. One of my friends suggested opening a bunch of Aperture Science portals between places – I know a buddy in Sydney and a buddy in Fairbanks, Alaska who would really be down with some serious thermal exchange right about now.


(Yes, I know portals don’t float in midair like this. Buzz off.)

Short of that, finding one of Larry Niven’s transfer booths would be a good solution for a respite.

The Old Wolf has Spoken.

This is called “an inversion,” children

Our local news station gives us the following forecast:


And AccuWeather adds insult to injury with this one:


Folks, it’s nowhere near 31° today. In Payson, the current temperature is 14°, because we’re sitting under one of these:


Image: The Deseret News

We live in a valley, and when a layer of warm air floats over, it caps the valley like a saucer on a bowl, trapping cold air (and ever-growing pollution) beneath it.


Image: waow.com

This is not uncommon in our area – we put up with it just about every year – but when it lasts a long time, it really sucks. People with respiratory issues are advised to stay inside, and it just keeps being cold, cold, cold.

The only thing that helps is a a low-pressure system which effectively “lifts the lid” and a good storm will scoop out the air, but we don’t look to get one of those until Thursday, and it will probably be a weak one.


On the upside, people at the ski resorts are enjoying divine weather, and many Utahns escape to the slopes as a respite for the cold hqiz below – which is good for the economy.