[Chaos-l] Recap of Decembers CHAOS meeting
terrycrook at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 15 20:50:40 EST 2010
Thanks Walter & Jamie. Sorry I missed him.
I was unable to attend as I had a StormWater Management Advisory Board
mtg at 6-7:40PM. It's usually on the 4th Tuesday but they scheduled
earlier this month as our annual budget forecast is due on Friday for
the Town Council to discuss at their January retreat!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from
Terry Crook, The Crook in Real Estate,
aka one of Santa's helpers in December!
On 12/15/2010 8:06 PM, walter fowler wrote:
> We haven't been following up our monthly meetings with
> "summaries/critiques" on the Listserve and I kind of miss them. Last
> night's presentation by Dr. Brand Fortner is actually summarized
> pretty well by the speaker himself in the attachment. It was a great
> presentation and a reminder that Jayme has been doing a great job
> filling the speaker slots each month. Thanks, Jayme. Keep 'em
> coming! Walter
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *Jayme Hanzak* <jhanzak at unctv.org <mailto:jhanzak at unctv.org>>
> Date: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 12:24 AM
> Subject: [Chaos-l] Decembers CHAOS meeting
> To: "CHAOS [chaos-l at rtpnet.org <mailto:chaos-l at rtpnet.org>]"
> <chaos-l at rtpnet.org <mailto:chaos-l at rtpnet.org>>
> This month we have a astronomical meteorologist. Dr. Brand Fortner is
> a professor at North Carolina State University.
> Here is a little info on his presentations.
> Space Weather-Why it Matters
> The word 'weather' usually refers to what earth's atmosphere is doing
> today, tomorrow, next week. Severe weather, such as hurricanes, can
> cause havoc, as we all know. What is less well known is that not only
> the atmosphere, but space conditions in our solar system can change
> today, tomorrow, next week. These rapid changes in the space
> environment are referred to as 'space weather'. And in direct analogy
> to atmospheric weather, there can be severe space storms, caused by
> solar coronal mass ejections.
> "... last night the whole heavens were lighted by the aurora borealis,
> more brilliant and beautiful than had been witnessed for years
> before….The light streaks shot upwards from the horizon and varied in
> width and length, and changed as long as the phenomenon was visible.
> It was a grand sight..." -- The Baltimore Sun , 1859.
> If this 1859 "SuperStorm" happened today, most of the power grids on
> the planet will be taken out for months or years, creating societal
> disruption on an unimaginable scale. Smaller space storms cause
> changes in satellite orbits, interfere or prevent communication,
> degrade or eliminate GPS-derived location information, and destroy
> satellites in orbit. The challenge is that we have only the crudest
> ability to predict the behavior of the space environment. Space
> weather research is an active area of interdisciplinary research: it
> spans the range from the interior of the Sun to interplanetary space
> and includes our own atmosphere; it includes fluid dynamics, plasma
> physics, chemistry, radiative transfer, magnetohydrodynamics; its
> tools include some of the most advanced first-principles models. The
> community of practitioners covers the entire Earth.
> I will give an overview of space weather and space weather research,
> describe current and future space missions that help monitor the solar
> system space environment, and finish with the challenges to creating a
> true space weather warning system, a project currently being worked on
> by scientists at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
> Brand Fortner
> Research Professor
> North Carolina State University
> Please come and join us at 7pm in the Carol Woods Retirement
> Community's Assembly Hall.
> Carol Woods is located at 750 Weaver Dairy Rd., in Chapel Hill.
> We'll see you there.
> Jayme Hanzak
> CHAOS President
> P.O. Box 3001
> Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0842
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