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WeatherTalk is no longer a conversation of banalities: today’s forecast the first info I seek at sunrise. The chickens appear to know, prepare as do the wild birds dependent on cached food in foul weather.  A practice shared by birds and human alike since conditions impact food production and availability: there is no food warehousing here on Long Island where six million reside.

Local climatic conditions are of global concern (below, MISR). Including clean air and water: rain in California measured ten times radioactivity after Fukushiima Nuclear Disaster. A coal-ash spill in North Carolina is a potential hazard here if absorbed into the jet stream.  Earth’s atmosphere naturally contains ozone in small amounts but its toxic at ground level “created by chemical reactions between air pollutants from vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and other emissions”. Also aerosol particles that “influence air quality and public health, and they can influence climate by reflecting or absorbing sunlight and by changing where and when clouds form. Aerosols include sea salt, dust, and volcanic ash, as well as soot, sulfates, and other particles produced by people burning fossil fuels.”

These airborne particles affect weather conditions on the ground and elsewhere dispersed by jet streams. (right, interact with weather map).

The resulting amount of aerosol particles (below, view QM) corresponds to vapor condensation that effects the transmission of radio waves such as those that compose the world wide web of information technology.

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MISR Data and Information
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) was successfully launched into sun-synchronous polar orbit aboard Terra, NASA's first Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft, on December 18, 1999. MISR measurements are designed to improve our understanding of the Earth's environment and climate. Viewing the sunlit Earth simultaneously at nine widely-spaced angles, MISR provides radiometrically and geometrically calibrated images in four spectral bands at each of the angles. Spatial sampling of 275 and 1100 meters is provided on a global basis. The MISR FAQ and Observation Concept have more details about the MISR instrument.

"This we know: the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is but a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself ".                      Chief Seattle (recorded in 1852), leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes in what is now the U.S. state of Washington.