At least five waterspouts formed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, with one of the twisters reaching the beach and turning into a tornado that damaged a wooden deck and tossed barrels in the air, according to reports from WSOC-9 and NBC-17.
According to WECT-6, no injuries were reported.
There are two types of waterspouts: tornadic waterspouts and fair weather waterspouts. Tornadic waterspouts are essentially torandoes over water, usually form during thunderstorms and can move from water to land. Fair weather waterspouts, which are less dangerous, develop in calm weather and move very little.
Posted by Jeremydium on August 19, 2011
Don’t be alarmed if next time you’re at the beach you see the girl on the towel next to you plug her iPod into her bathing suit.
While it might look like some kind of new cyber geek fetish wear, this panel-clad bikini is actually a way for beachgoers to charge up their electronics using the sun’s rays. The brainchild of Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider, the Solar Bikini can juice up iPhones and other small electronics, but remains completely safe to wear in the water. Even though the PV cells terminate in a 5 volt regulator, all of the power is transferred directly into your electronics, so you don’t have to worry about being electrocuted when you decide to take a dip.
And this isn’t just some pie-in-the-sky concept either, Schneider is already accepting custom orders.
Just don’t blame me if people start coming up to you asking you to juice up their dead phones!
Posted by Jeremydium on July 29, 2011
Extreme weather is in the air.
The following photo shows South America’s Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth — covered in 32 inches of snowfall.
NASA’s Terra satellite collected images of the rare winter storm, which began on July 3 and lasted several days.
According to TreeHugger, the snowfall is the largest to hit the region in 50 years and, not surprisingly, locals aren’t accustomed to bundling up for flurries. Of course, your guess is as good as mine as to why there are people living in one of the driest places on the planet anyway. NASA reports that the average precipitation for the area is one to three millimeters per year.
Posted by Jeremydium on July 22, 2011