February 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog

Hi All,
Today my wife and kids had a snow day from school. I had to go to work of course. But, they got the day off. It was a big surprise. We ended up getting about 4 inches of snow in Toledo, OH. That’s not a lot of snow, but I think school was closed because of the drifting of snow. The winds were fairly strong and the snow drifted over the roads. Where did this snow come from? It came from the coastal storm that was affecting New England. The weather forecast models predicted the storm. I was emailing back and forth yesterday with Art Samel who is a professor at Bowling Green State University. The models were showing between 3 and 5 inches of snow for this area. We did not believe it. But, it ended up being correct. I don’t think the weather forecasters for the National Weather Service or on TV believed the models either. Well, the new snow has given me a chance to take my kids sledding today.
You can see in this radar image the snow echoes coming across Michigan down into Ohio.

Announcing, Winners of the Virtual SATELLITES Project Competition 2009

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Surface Temperature Field Campaign

K-12 students participated in a virtual, science conference for OhioView’s SATELLITES remote sensing conference. Students, whose teachers have participated in SATELLITES, took observations and developed inquiry-based research projects to explore their local landscapes in order to understand the way in which the polar regions affect the Earth. The theme for the SATELLITES projects was the International Polar Year. Students prepared research projects and then video taped them. They posted their videos on in April 2009.

Grades K-6
1st place – Nadia Coleman, McTigue Middle School, Toledo, OH, Which Wing of McTigue is the coldest?, Teacher-Penny Choma
2nd place – Brandon Stralka and Summer Motton, South Suburban Montessori, Brecksville, OH, What is the Relationship between Elevation and Snow Cover?, Teacher-Kim White
3rd place – Jake Keating and Mike Rotter, Highlands Elementary School, Naperville, IL, Water is falling; tempreatures aer rising and drowning, Teacher-Susan Kouri

Grades 7-9
1st place – Samantha Gordon, Alain Vue and Bryan Webman, Roswell Kent Middle School, Akron, OH, Surface and air temperature according to albedo, Teacher-Steve Frantz
2nd place – Austin Johnson, Michael Mowery, Boy’s Village School, Smithville, OH, Climate_Change and Walruses, Teacher – Debbie Beechy
3rd place – Bellefontaine High School, Temperature related by elevation, Teacher – Dennis Versele.

Grades 10-12
1st place – Kyle Francis, Alex Lachat, and Abbey Monnin, Russia High School, Russia, OH, The effects between air temperature and the formation and persistence of contrails, Teacher – Eric Sullenberger
2nd place – Corion Jones, Alexandra Davies, Abbey Janowiecki and Sydney Parker, Central Catholi High School, Toledo, OH, DOES SNOW SERVE AS A GROUND INSULATOR?, Teacher – Ann HajIbrahim
3rd place – Tiana Duncan, Derrick Holliday and Bobbi Kolson, Barberton High School, Barberton, OH, The Tundra & Taiga Versus the north and south pole, Teacher – Russ Calvert