Friday, April 26, 2013

So True, So True

Why so many teachers my age are getting out.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Universe Really is Trying to Kill Us

WOLCOTT, Conn. (24 April 2013) -- Officials confirmed that a rock that crashed through a Wolcott roof Friday night was a piece of a meteor.

Wolcott Police said local resident Larry Beck called them on Saturday to report that a baseball-sized rock had crashed through the roof of his home, located at 2 Williams Court on Friday night, damaging the roof, copper piping, and cracking the ceiling in his kitchen.

Beck told police he heard a loud crash when it happened, but thought that a joist or rafter had broken. Then after checking the attic Saturday morning, he discovered the hole in his roof and the damage.

The rock itself, which was broken in half, was also found in the attic, police said.

Other meteors have landed in Connecticut in recent years.  Strangely, every time a meteor has crashed through a roof, it was in a town that began with 'W' ......

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clear Brook Road in Burlington

While out walking along Clear Brook Road, by the Nepaug Reservoir.

Bald eagle on nest - from a safe distance

Palm warbler

Red-tailed hawk

Yellow-rumped warbler

Chickadee keeping nest clean

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Walking in Penwood

I took some time off from grading lab reports and walked along the road in Penwood State Park in Bloomfield.
Saxifrage - the rock breaker
Bloodroot – the juice is an antibiotic

Penwood Trail

View from the Road – Bloomfield

Rue Anemone

Trout Lily

Dutchman’s Breeches
Well hidden Eastern Comma butterfly

Red Elderberry

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sun Blasts Earth - We Get Light Show

Dazzling Northern Lights Anticipated Tonight

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
April 13, 2013; 6:11 AM

A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth. According to Astronomer Hunter Outten, who stated that this flare was "impressive", these are the best conditions for seeing a direct effect on our planet. 
Conditions updated April 13, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Graphic by Al Blasko,
The radiation from such a flare may cause radio wave disturbances to electronics such as cell phones, GPS and radios, causing services to occasionally cut in and out. While traveling slower than was originally anticipated, the flare effects are moving towards Earth at 1000 km per second.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Let the Cranking Begin!

In another few months I will no longer be a science teacher.  I will be a retired science teacher.  That means I can and will start shooting off my mouth.  I will share my amazement at the wonders of the universe and my disgust of those who close their eyes to it.