This [space] serves as an ongoing dedication to the late Professor Carl Sagan, comprised of all things cosmos-related, in promotion of science literacy, the STEAM fields, and personal enlightenment amongst the ever-increasing hominid population on our organic spaceship, Earth.
Curiosity continues to be the fuel by which I educate and share the wonders of science with others. Carl provided the spark by which to ignite this passion, propelling me further toward continual exploration. May this page aid in your understanding of the universe, effectively bridging the gap between ignorance and knowledge, aiding in the way you interact with all living things for which we all share the same biological, chemical & atomic makeup.
Keep looking up and remember: we are all star stuff, contemplating the stars, as our origins were generated and continue to proliferate amidst the cosmos.
"When you're in love, you want to tell the world."
- Carl Edward Sagan
If the world is really warming up, how come it is so darned cold? The question might say more about how humans perceive the world than it does about the climate. After all, in principle, we are all supposed to know that climate and weather are not the same thing. But we have a strange tendency to think that whatever is happening to us right now must be happening everywhere.
Scientists refer to global warming because it is about, well, the globe. It is also about the long run. It is really not about what happened yesterday in Poughkeepsie.
The entire United States, including Alaska, covers less than 2 percent of the surface of the earth. So if the whole country somehow froze solid one January, that would not move the needle on global temperatures much at all.
In fact, even this year’s severe winter weather has affected only part of the country. The Arctic blasts were caused by big dips in the jet stream that allowed frigid air to descend from the polar regions into the central and eastern United States. But toward the west, those dips have been counterbalanced by unusual northward swings of the jet stream that sent temperatures soaring.
So while New Yorkers have been shivering this winter, California has been setting record or near-record high temperatures. The state is in its third year of a drought so severe that some towns have started to worry about running out of drinking water.
Alaska has been downright balmy for much of the winter. “Record warmth, confused plants: An Alaska January to remember,” The Anchorage Daily News declared. Likewise, large parts of Russia, Canada and Europe have had bizarrely warm temperatures this winter."