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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Geography and IsobarsImage Copyright: BBC - visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather for the latest forecast !

An isobar is a line joining places which are experiencing equal atmospheric pressure.
Last night was a very windy night down in Norfolk, and across most of the country - the synoptic chart above is for mid-day today, but yesterday's chart showed the classic pattern of a mid-latitude depression. The sycamore tree in my garden lost all the leaves it had been clinging on to, and bushes were tapping against the windows. On the way home from a fancy dress party, my Noddy Holder hat blew off and I ended up in someone's front garden chasing it round in a gyre...

Of course the storms were nothing compared to the problems created by the weather in the Philippines.
See this BBC NEWS article for more on the effects of Hurricane Durian. Interestingly, durian is one of the top search phrases on Google for leading people to GeographyPages - not sure why...

Geography and Music (Cont...)
This weekend I have been enjoying the new Bruce Hornsby box set I bought recently: "Intersections" is a collection from over 20 years of music from the big man: a combination of pop, rock, jazz, blue-grass, country and various other styles. Some great jazz trio work, and new versions of familiar songs, particularly on tracks like "Gonna be some changes made" and above all some great instrumentation and orchestration on all the tracks. Lots of good geo-friendly lyrics too..

Look out any Window
There's a man workin' in a field
See's the rain and it's burning
He's saying this can't be real
As he sees the color of the fields turning
Far away the men too busy getting rich to care
Close their eyes and let it all out into the air
Hoping nobody else would care
Lyrics B.R Hornsby and John Hornsby

Head off to Amazon and buy a copy!

Also been writing a piece for the Global Geographer. See my earlier post and subscribe. Click the banner below to go to the GGiP blog. Look out for my piece next year (assuming it's accepted..)

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