Posted on February 1st, 2022

Apollo News Snippets – February 2022

The NOAA extreme weather events map for the year 2021 shows mixed polar ice extents with the Antarctic Sea seeing near-average ‘growth season coverage’ but then the 12th smallest on record during its ‘minimum coverage season’. And while Africa had its third warmest year on record, Oceania experienced its coldest year since 2012.
  • For this news snippet we pivot away from the monthly NOAA climate reports looking instead at the annual global report. And as you might expect, it was a hot year on planet Earth, in fact it was the 6th hottest on record at some 1.51°F (0.84°C) above the 20th Century average; it was also the 45th year in a row with temperatures above the 20th Century average. And then the years 2013 to 2021 all rank in the top ten hottest on the planet – a clear and disturbing trend that has received little attention here in America and in China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters.
  • Did you know that February 8th is National Kite Flying Day? Well neither did we! But in honor of this majestic holiday, our Google search of the month was, “Kites and GIS.” And well sometimes we learn about new imagery sources when drafting this piece as we did this month, that being kite aerial imagery! Check out this short but sweet abstract by H. Wirth and N. Winn abouth their experience making digital elevation models from imagery collected on a kite.

Brock Adam McCarty
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