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Posted on November 7th, 2023

Apollo News Snippets – November 2023

The NOAA extreme weather map for September 2023 shows below average sea ice extents in both the Arctic and Antarctic Seas. The Arctic ice extent was the fifth smallest on record, and the Antarctic Sea ice extent set a record low for the fifth consecutive month. A variety of tropical storms occurred in September, including Daniel and Typhoon Saola. (Credit: NOAA’s State of the Climate Reports)
  • The September 2023 NOAA global climate report has been released and the trends for the month are, yet again, disturbing. The September 2023 average global surface temperature anomaly ranked the highest on record since 1850 – that means as compared to the monthly average, this September 2023 was proportionally the hottest month ever recorded – this is very, very scary folks. Many countries, including those in Africa, Europe, South America and North America experienced their warmest September on record. Japan experienced the warmest summer it’s had in 125 years. For the sixth consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high. Libya, Brazil and New York City experienced flooding brought on by heavy rains. In Libya, the excessive rain caused two dams to burst upstream of the city of Derna, leading to the deaths of more than 10,000 people.
  • November 11th is World Origami Day so our Google search of the month was, “Origami and GIS”. It led us to discover this doctoral dissertation titled, Skeleton Structures and Origami, written by John C. Bowers of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and published in November 2015. The dissertation looks at polygonal skeleton structures, which are used in many computational geometry algorithms such as GIS systems, and are a part of computational origami. While it may not have ‘follow along’ images to create your own origami piece, it’s a pretty interesting read!

Anne Choquette
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