High Winds, Low Tide

One of my favorite diversions is finding strange words and terms that could have a multiplicity of applications, whatever the actual definition might be. ‘Circumglobal teleconnection’ is one I have just added to my list. Circumglobal teleconnection (CGT) seems like it could describe anything from a global spirit séance to a single long line of…

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Bubbly Surprise

It’s been an icy couple weeks here in the foothills of the Jura, with a strong bise wind blowing down from the Alps, funneling down through the Lake Geneva basin and wearing itself out to points south of here. It’s dry, it’s cold, and it can be unrelenting for as long as it lasts, usually…

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Wind Barriers

Walking on Limantour Beach in Marin County, California, we had to make our way against major headwinds. Small groups of ankle-high bluffs dotted the long beach. They were clumps of knotted dry seaweed which prevented the sand from being blown smooth and flat, an unexpected illustration of the relationship between vegetation, sand, and erosion, reflecting…

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