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Tide and Current Taxi expedition

On Saturday, May 18, at dawn, SP Weather Station partnered with Marie Lorenz’s Tide and Current Taxi on a water-borne dérive in Jamaica Bay. We brought along maps of flight paths and Atlantic coast bird migration routes and, very loosely, let them guide our journey.

Marie’s blog entry gives a pretty great overview of the day.

Charles Koegel, “Weather Report”

On view in “Part of the Story,” Lower East Side Printshop, NYC (through May 12):


Charles Koegel, “Weather Report,” 2013

Ellie Irons in “Drawn to Nature,” Wave Hill

2013 SPWS Weather Interpreter Ellie Irons will present a range of pieces from her Invasive Pigments project, opening tomorrow. Ellie will conduct a workshop this Saturday April 6th from 12–2pm; the exhibition reception is on Sunday, April 7th from 2–4:30pm. Full details/link below!

Drawn to Nature
Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery
April 2 – June 16, 2013

Directions & shuttle info here

Richard Garrison @ Volta NY

Richard Garrison, who contributed a Weather Report to the first-ever SP Weather Reports portfolio in 2008, presented new work at Robert Henry Gallery’s booth at Volta NY March 7-10, 2013.

Garrison analyzes ubiquitous materials and objects from the suburban American landscape, such as Sunday newspaper sale circulars, drive-thru window menu color schemes and product packaging. Through a process of careful scientific-like scrutiny Garrison dissects and restructures the color schemes of common everyday objects and creates Minimalist compositions that expose the beauty in the banal. This deconstruction of quotidian objects and experience is a personal, non-judgmental, examination of the visual, emotional and conceptual aspects of consumerism.

Here’s a snap of the booth and a detail of the work.
More info here.



Installation view of Robert Henry Contemporary booth, Volta courtesy of Richard Garrison

Richard Garrison
Circular Color Scheme: Sears, January 30-February 5, 2011, Page 1, “Save up to $1300 on TVs on this page”, 2011
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
11″ x 11″
©2013 Richard Garrison/Robert Henry Contemporary

Former Weather Interpreter featured as “Cold New Yorker” on

Liz Zanis fights the weather on the homepage this morning!

“On Thin Ice, In a Blizzard” by Paula McCartney

A new artist book released recently by Paula McCartney, who is also creating an SP Weather Report for December 2012, imagines scenes of snow and ice entirely using darkroom manipulation. The project is a subseries of McCartney’s work, A Field Guide To Snow and Ice which isolates elements of natural and imagined wintry landscapes, imbuing them with otherworldly, cosmic aspects.

Paula McCartney
On Thin Ice, In a Blizzard
10 x 8 inch artist book
36 pages, saddle stitched with a die-cut soft cover
Published December 2011

On Scale of 0 to 500, Beijing’s Air Quality Tops ‘Crazy Bad’ at 755

From The New York Times:

“BEIJING — One Friday more than two years ago, an air-quality monitoring device atop the United States Embassy in Beijing recorded data so horrifying that someone in the embassy called the level of pollution “Crazy Bad” in an infamous Twitter post. That day the Air Quality Index, which uses standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, had crept above 500, which was supposed to be the top of the scale.

So what phrase is appropriate to describe Saturday’s jaw-dropping reading of 755 at 8 p.m., when all of Beijing looked like an airport smokers’ lounge? Though an embassy spokesman said he did not immediately have comparative data, Beijing residents who follow the Twitter feed said the Saturday numbers appeared to be the highest recorded since the embassy began its monitoring system in 2008.”

12/29: A Perfect Snow in NYC

By Andy Newman for The New York Times:

The ideal city snowstorm, meteorological Platonists say, blankets the landscape without burying it, beautifies but does not burden, transforms and cocoons without paralyzing or even particularly inconveniencing.

Such an event is expected to come our way on Saturday.

Flakes should begin falling around 11 a.m., as a low pressure system passes south and east of the metropolitan area, giving children plenty of time to finish a hearty breakfast.

The temperature will hover in the mid-30s – just cold enough for the snow to safely stick, but no colder. The breeze will be sufficient to make cheeks rosy, but will not slash at the skin or penetrate down the necks of parkas.

For the better part of the day, the snow will continue – gently, never blinding. By the time it ceases for good shortly before midnight, two to four inches will have fallen – just enough, perhaps, to permit sledding.

“Definitely snowfall that can be plowed,” said Dan Hoffman, a National Weather Service meteorologist, “but definitely not crippling by any means.”

At least that’s what they’re forecasting. Who knows what will really happen.

11/17-11/18: SPWS at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

SP Weather Station at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

November 17–18, 2012

Silver Spring Civic Center
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring MD

The SP Weather Reports are coming to Pyramid Atlantic!

This is the first year SPWS will participate in the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair. We are sharing a booth with artist and SPWS co-founder Heidi Neilson.

Fair hours are Saturday 11/17 1–6 PM and Sunday 11/18 1–5 PM.

$10 admission for non-registrants; Fair/conference information is available online here.

Since 2008, SPWS has published the SP Weather Reports portfolio. Each year, twelve artists (or artist groups), one per month, are invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by the SPWS rooftop station, installed on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; past artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video.

To date, the following artists have created SP Weather Reports:

(2011) Emcee C.M. Master of None, Glen Einbinder, Rafael Hidalgo Múgica, Naomi Miller, Chad Stayrook, Michelle Rosenberg and Howard Huang, Hope Ginsburg, eteam, Paul Kennedy, Adrienne Garbini, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Rick Myers

(2010) Liz Zanis, Graham McDougal, James Walsh, Carissa Carman, Mark Parsons, Tim Dye, Douglas Paulson, Robyn York, Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto], Nicholas Fraser, Man Bartlett and Angela Washko, Ellie Harrison

(2009) Mike Estabrook and Vandana Jain, Susan Goethel Campbell, Emily Larned, Luke Strosnider, Andrea Polli, Mark Nystrom, Patricia Zarate, Jane D. Marsching, Stephanie Rothenberg, Graham Parker, Isaac Gertman, Birgit Rathsmann

(2008) Heidi Neilson; Natalie Campbell, Daniel Larson, Heidi Neilson, Jing Yu, and Liz Zanis; Katarina Jerinic; Lize Mogel; Chris Petrone; Bridget Lewis, Michael Geminder; Leah Beeferman; Neil Freeman, Sarah Nicole Phillips; Carrie Dashow; Richard Garrison

Above: 2011 SP Weather Reports

NASA GOES captures Hurricane Sandy

Amazing images of Hurricane Sandy courtesy of NASA GOES satellites:

Video from NASA GOES online here.

You can also buy a print of a NASA GOES image from 20×200 with net revenue to benefit the American Red Cross – just one of many ways to help out the recovery efforts, of course.