Posted on November 1st, 2022

Apollo News Snippets – November 2022

The NOAA extreme weather map for September 2022 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. August also saw two hurricanes sweep through; the first, Hurricane Fionia, which made landfall in Nova Scotia as the strongest and costliest post-tropical cyclone on record in Canada. The second, Hurricane Ian, which tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane on record to strike the United States. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The September 2022 NOAA global climate report is out and, despite the shift into fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, it was still very warm! The September 2022 average global surface temperature tied Sept 2021 for the was the fifth-warmest since 1880, coming in at 1.58°F (0.88°C) above the 20th Century average of 59.0°F (15.0°C). In case you’re curious, the top ten warmest Augusts on record have all occurred since 2012. The Arctic Sea ice extent tied Sept 2010 as the 11th-smallest extent on record, while the Antarctic Sea ice extent was the fifth-lowest on record. To top it off, the sea ice extents both came in below the 1981-2010 averages, with the Arctic at 16.8% and the Antarctic at 4.2% below average. Both of these lower-than-average ice extents, as well as the higher average temperatures, point to global warming.
  • Did you know that November 9th is National Visit an Art Museum Day? So in honor, our Google search of the month was, “Art Museums and GIS”. And wouldn’t you know it, we found this fascinating webmap made by the New Mexico Trust For Public Land about pieces in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe, known as the ‘Mother’ of American Modernism, painted many iconic landscapes from locations around the state of New Mexico. In the last few years, the increase in petroleum and natural gas exploration have threatened many of the locations O’Keeffe painted. Seeking to connect O’Keeffe’s artwork with their geographies to help protect New Mexican landscapes, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Trust for Public Land GIS team analyzed-mapped 29 O’Keeffe paintings, and then imported them into a GIS database. Their hope is to cultivate a greater appreciation for the land and its influence on art, history and culture.

Brock Adam McCarty
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