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Happy World Meteorological Day

March 23 is WMO World Meteorological Day! Celebrate by viewing the World Weather Watch photo exhibition via flickr :

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Snowstorm in 38 seconds

Here is the snowstorm that hit the Northeast in the last few days, out a Long Island City, Queens, New York window, in 38 seconds (timelapse: one frame per minute from 9:06pm February 7 to 12:31pm February 9).

Amusing follow up about this snowstorm: an article on the gawker website, ‘Snow Panic Has Driven Completely Insane

Former Weather Interpreter featured as “Cold New Yorker” on

Liz Zanis fights the weather on the homepage this morning!

2011 Weather Reports Portfolio at IPCNY

We’re happy to announce that the 2011 Weather Reports Portfolio was selected to be included in the International Print Center New York’s ‘New Prints/2013 Winter‘ exhibition!

Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, January 17, 2013 6-8pm, at IPCNY, 508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, New York, NY 10001.

About the exhibition:
IPCNY presents New Prints 2013/Winter, consisting of over sixty projects by artists at all stages of their careers, selected from some 3,000 submissions. New Prints 2013/Winter is the forty-fourth presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY several times each year featuring prints made within the past twelve months. An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay accompanies the exhibition.

The Selections Committee is composed of: Kelly Driscoll (Pratt Institute), Ruth Lingen (Printer and Papermaker at Pace Prints and Pace Paper), Chris Santa Maria (Director of Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Weyl), Lothar Osterburg (Artist, Master Printer, Professor at Bard College), Allison Rudnick (PhD Student, CUNY Graduate Center, Freelance Writer for Art in Print), and Harriet Warm (Collector).

About SP Weather Reports:
SP Weather Reports is a collated portfolio published annually since 2008 by the artist-collaborative SP Weather Station. 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.

The 2011 SP Weather Reports feature works by: (January) Emcee C.M.; (February) Glen Einbinder; (March) Rafael Hidalgo Múgica; (April) Naomi Miller; (May) Chad Stayrook; (June) Michelle Rosenberg and Howard Huang; (July) Hope Ginsburg; (August) eteam; (September) Paul Kennedy; (October) Adrienne Garbini; (November) Travis LeRoy Southworth; (December) Rick Myers.

For more information on current artists and an archive of past SP Weather Reports please visit:

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.

Thunderstorm in D-minor

People of Philadelphia: visit an interactive thunderstorm! The giant new work by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher is at  Studio 2424 a thunderstorm contained within a series of large hand cast resin sculptures, each individual form is a unique instrument hanging 40 feet from the ceiling. Suspended just within reach and activated by touch, the viewer sets the symphony in motion by gently pushing the sculptural forms which trigger the various sound elements of the storm. Sensors relay individual recordings of thunder, lightning, wind, and rain with alternating intensities to a full-scale symphony of sounds.