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Posted on April 4th, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – April 2023

The NOAA extreme weather map for Feb 2023 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. The Arctic ice extent was the 3rd smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent set a record low for the month of February. Cyclone Gabrielle hit New Zealand’s North Island, where it caused flooding, landslides and killed at least 11 people. Tropical Storm Freddy made landfall in Madagascar and Mozambique, and has become one of the longest-lived tropical storms on record. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The February 2023 NOAA Climate Report has been released, and, following recent trajectories, it was fairly warm. The February 2022 average global surface temperature was the 4thth highest on record since 1850. Interestingly, although the global temperature was above average, both the Caribbean Islands and Oceania experienced their coolest February since 2012. Meanwhile, Chile underwent a summer heatwave that contributed to wildfires burning over a million acres.
  • Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? In honor, our Google search of the month was, “Poetry and GIS”. We found this article by  Christopher Donaldson, Patricia Murrietta-Flores and Ian N. Gregory, titled Distant Readings of Geographies in Text Corpora: Mapping Norman Nicholson’s Poems and Letters. The article was written for the CEUR Workshop Proceedings in 2016. It discusses how working with GIS techniques, visualization and distant reading helps readers understand the geography of poetry and spatial dimensions of the network of people the poet corresponded with. This study focuses particularly on the poetry of Normal Nicholson, but the concepts could be applied to other poets. The study maps different aspects of Nicholson’s poetry – specifically places mentioned or alluded to in his poetry – as well as the people he wrote letters to during the years his poems were written. The authors concluded GIS technology can provide researchers with a powerful tool for exploring a variety of different textual sources such as poems and letters. If you’d like to learn more about Normal Nicholson and his poetry, you can do so here.

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