Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nom, Nom, Nom

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

That's one Cold Mountain!

Mount Mansfield while -8F at the base

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tufted Titmouse

Monday, January 12, 2015


Sunday, January 11, 2015


Over the past week, the arctic air mass (filled with lots of ice crystals) has been providing some tremendous pictures of halos and sun dogs. Even though New Mexico has not been entrenched in this air mass, one of the superb halo displays that one will ever see occurred in Red River yesterday. In this sunrise picture by Joshua Thomas, you can see not only the sun pillars, sun dogs, and tangent arcs that we have been seeing, but also some very rare optical phenomenon (notated by red arrows) that only occur once a year or even in a life time. Here is the annotation of his picture. A special thanks to Les Crowley from Atmospheric Optics who helped us identify some of the very rare phenomenon in this picture.