Ruminations and recipes from a small kitchen in a big city.

8.6.11

How fast is 3.1 million mph, anyway?

It's not every day a reporter gets to pull up a drama, within two sentences, like Clancy hauling in a runaway horse at the edge of a cliff:
The coronal mass ejection is directed at Earth and moving at about 3.1 million mph (5 million kph), SDO mission scientists said in a statement.
Reaction to this kind of statement is frequently expressed in one short word. But the reporter, after only the briefest pause, possibly to inhale, hit return and rattled out the following:
"Due to its angle, however, effects on Earth should be fairly small. Nevertheless, it may generate space weather effects here on Earth in a few days," they added.
Hard to do police rounds after that.

Today is the coldest day in Melbourne for years. Any 'weather effects' around your way?

6 comments:

Rose said...

It's currently 8.8C in the Illawarra right on the coast and the wind is blowing at maybe a million miles an hour. Soup for tea.

kitchen hand said...

That's downright warm compared to here in Melbourne. I'm about to walk home from the city. I could freeze like Scott of the Antarctic."I'm going out and could be some time ....!"

White Dove said...

Pretty cold here in Bundy today....12degrees. Probably sounds warm after Melbourne's cold day, but I might point out that yesterday was a balmy 26 degrees...unreal

kitchen hand said...

Yes, that's cold for Queensland. Down here it's the wind that gets you, straight off Antarctica.

Barbara said...

Sending warmest greetings from the desert! And when I say warm I mean 103 F which is what, about 40 C..... Cold drink, anyone??

kitchen hand said...

Barabra, 40 celsius sounds about right. WIWT. Only six more months ...