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Giant ice balls wash ashore on Lake Michigan……


Photographer Ken Scott referred to the bizarre floating objects he discovered washing against the shore of Lake Michigan recently as “winter wonders,” and that they may be.

But in weather terminology, they’re merely called ice balls, which sometimes grow to become ice boulders, which resemble giant floating rocks.

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New Mexico….Next storm blows in….


This afternoon’s commute may get a little dicey as the rain will move in about lunchtime and then turn to snow later in the afternoon. Much of the northern part of the state could get a significant amount of snow.

Wind will also be a factor.

As always, be prepared and check nmroads.com before you head out.

Here’s the local forecast from the National Weather Service

Today: Scattered rain showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Windy, with a south wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight: A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening.

Tuesday: A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

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Comet due in 2013 could be brighter than the full moon…..



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Late next year, there will be a new object in the night sky nearly 10 times brighter than the full moon. This temporary attraction, called C/2012 S1, is a comet that has likely never passed through our inner solar system before, so it’s larger and more reflective than those our sun has already blasted.
C/2012 S1 won’t just be bright; it’ll be large enough to see without the need for binoculars or a telescope. Its brightness magnitude is expected to be -16, with the Sun by comparison being -26. Comet Hale-Bopp, seen above, was magnitude -1 when it passed through our solar system in 1997. Astronomers are predicting that C/2012 S1 will appear in the sky near the sun and horizon, so it should be fairly easy to pinpoint without a sky map. Should it contain a large amount of gas beneath its icy exterior, the comet could sprout a massive glowing tail as it nears the sun and the ice is melted away, making it even easier to see — not to mention much cooler looking.
Scientists tracking C/2012 S1 have pointed out that the comet’s brightness isn’t entirely guaranteed, but even if their estimates are off it should still be visible to the naked eye. That wasn’t the case with Kohoutek, a comet that entered our solar system in 1973 and was expected to be brilliant in the night sky, only to disappoint because it turned out to be mostly rock and not highly reflective ice.

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Meteor explodes over Great Britain with violent force….



A golf-ball-sized meteor caused a major stir, rocking Wales with a sonic boom

If you catch them at just the right time, a streaking meteor can be a stunning sight in the night sky. But when that meteor contains just a tiny bit of ice, a beautiful light show can turn into a violent explosion, as happened in the skies over Great Britain last night.

The extraterrestrial explosion occurred just over South Wales in southwest Great Britain. The meteor rocked windows and set off car alarms, creating a sonic boom effect. Explained one witness, prior to the detonation “It had a heat trail behind, it was orange and white and very bright, and also seemed very close.” No one was hurt.

Why do meteors explode? Some are loaded with either ice or carbon dioxide, which can be trapped inside of the rock. As the gases boil and expand during entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, meteors can explode in an epic display — with as much force as a hydrogen bomb.

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