Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve - BBC News
Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

“A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group were calling it a proton arc, he knew proton auroras were not visible.Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere….”

Hi Steve!

Light pillars by Victor Stolbovoy

Time was around midnight. I accidentally looked out of window and noticed something strange, sort of illusion of reflection. Thinking that it might be a greasy window surface I opened it. In two minutes I was outside with a tripod and a loaded camera almost running in awe towards one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.


natgeotravel Video by @renan_ozturk // two rare atmospheric phenomena (the northern lights and a moonbow) collide over goðafoss in northen iceland. ~ there’s always a moment of curiosity (and panic) when i go to retrieve my time-lapse camera after leaving it out all night. did the battery die? did the exposure even work? did a fox come and kick the camera over, and did i end up with a 6 hour time-lapse of the ground? i had left my camera on the edge of the waterfall and i thought it was toast when i picked it up, being super wet from all the mist and not turning on. but when i was finally able to scroll through the shots, i felt a little breathless. 

Aeromancy:  Divining with the Weather

Originally posted by behexagusthegreat

Witches everywhere have been met with eyebrows raised and scoffing when claiming that they can control the many aspects of weather and foretell the future by the changes in it.  The very idea that one person could produce enough magical energy to control the powerful forces of the sky above us is met with a great deal of skepticism…and as it should be.  Weather, itself, happens when many complex forces combine.  Weather magic takes a great deal of concentration, practice, time, understanding, and focus.

But that is not to say it is impossible!  The more witches that conduct their energy towards the skies, the more likely there will be evidence of change and success!  

Throughout many magical paths and practices, there are many traditions found.  And one of them is known as Aeromancy!

What is Aeromancy?

Aeromancy is the art of divination where a witch is able to the future by the observation of atmospheric, air or sky phenomena. This goes beyond the range of simple meteorology.  One must understand such things as wind currents, cloud shape and formation, comets and falling stars, spectral formations, and other phenomena which are not normally seen or visible in the heavens. 

Some of the different forms of Aeromancy include: Eromancy, Austromancy, Chaomancy, Roadomancy and Ceraunoscopy.

the History of Aeromancy

Due to the historical interest people have had in weather, seeing it as a medium by which the gods expressed both joy and anger towards those who worshipped them, it is no surprise that aeromancy is one of the oldest forms of divination.  The Hindus, Etruscans, and Babylonians in particular found the signs in the sky to be of great interest and practiced forms of chaomancy and ceraunoscopy.  This fascination with the omens in the skies was reflected by the gods worshipped by these peoples.  As an example, two gods associated with ceraunoscopy are:

  • Tinia, the Etruscan god of lightning
  • Adad, the Babylonian god of thunder, lightning, and prophesy

Types of Aeromancy

There are several types of divination that can be categorized under the term “aeromancy”:

  • Austromancy, divination by observing the wind. Anemoscopy is austromancy in which the wind direction and intensity is interpreted, whereas nephomancy is divination by the interpretation of the movement of clouds.
  • Ceraunoscopy, divination by the interpretation of thunder and lightning.
  • Chaomancy, divination by aerial visions, is nearly synonymous with aeromancy, but most often refers to nephomancy or cometomancy, divination by the appearance of comet tails.
  • Meteormancy, divination by meteors and shooting stars.

Modern Aeromancy

Some forms of modern aeromancy have taken a more introspective turn than their historical counterparts. For instance, modern nephomancy is a receptive, almost meditative process, by which a person is said to be able to examine their unconscious. The nephomancer studies the clouds, whose formations are random and constantly changing. The images and symbols the diviner picks out from the chaos are believed to have some sort of significance to the diviner, so long as he applies his own personal interpretations to the symbols, rather than those written or spoken about by another.

As an aside, one of Salt’s favorite weather witches around is @stormbornwitch!  Check out their posts for more information!

How many of you are weather witches?  Tell us in the comments!
That’s all for now!
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Produsent: J. L. Nerlien A/S, nordlys, Grønland, 19. januar 1939.

Grev Micard ledet Quest-ekspedisjonen med fangstskuta Quest i Loch Fine, Nord-Østgrønland 1936-1937. Bildene er trolig tatt der.

Norsk Teknisk Museum, NTM CST 36.

The Best Of Owl City Music Videos

Adam Young drives the Delorean around and almost runs himself over.

Adam Young mistakes a gas-station owner for an attractive girl.

Adam Young makes his toys come to life.

Adam Young makes people leave streaks of light behind them as they run, like in athletics commercials and Disney Channel ads.

Adam Young dwells within an arcade game with a few kawaii back-up singers. 

Shaquille O’Neal is in the Vanilla Twilight video with no explanation. He screams ‘take me with you’ joyfully at a multicolored atmospheric phenomena. 

Giant Waterspout Off Florida Coast

The above picture is one of the best caught images of a waterspout, a type of tornado that occurs over water. Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. They can be as dangerous as tornadoes, with some featuring wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour. Some waterspouts are relatively transparent and only initially visible when an unusual pattern is spotted on the water’s surface.This waterspout was spotted near Tampa Bay, Florida. The area of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active in the world for the occurrence of waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year. Some people believe large waterspouts are the cause of the unusual disappearances and disasters suffered by planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle.

PR sets Record as the longest Blackout in US History

45 days after Hurricane Maria struck, which still keeps 74% of the island’s residents without electricity, Puerto Rico climbs a new place in the history of the United States, as the territory that has had the longest blackout in the nation.

This according to a study by the economics firm Rhodium Group, which analyzed 60 years of hurricane data to make comparisons with atmospheric phenomena that have hit the United States. Until today, according to the investigation, Maria has caused the loss of 1,248 million hours of electric service in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

And not only that, in a list made by researchers to establish the ten most destructive hurricanes for US electrical systems, there are two other hurricanes that hit-and put out-Puerto Rico. Hurricane George, who is in second place because in 1998 it caused the loss of 1.050 million hours of electric service, and Hugo (in fifth place) because in 1989 it led to a reduction of 700 million hours of electric power.

The fact that three of the ten largest blackouts in the history of the United States have caused interruptions in Puerto Rico, underscores the need to rebuild the country’s electricity grid

To put the impact of hurricane Maria in perspective, the company compared it with the also recent hurricane Irma, which left 6 million customers without electricity in Florida, 1 million in Georgia and 180,000 in South Carolina. In total, in these states, 753 million hours of electricity were lost, but service was quickly reestablished.

By December 15, the date imposed by Governor Ricardo Rosselló to restore the electricity system, 2 billion hours of service would have been lost, estimated Rhodium Group. But last week the United States Corps of Engineers assured that the island’s blackout will last until next year, perhaps until March, further reaffirming Puerto Rico’s place on the list.

All the fics are in, so let’s rev it up for our fabulous participants and the glorious remixes they have produced!

Mightier Than The Sword by palimpsestus ; G, 3k

Oasis by DoeOfTheWood ; E, Furiosa/Max, 1k

Totally Rust by Tyellas ; Not Rated, 1k

A New Vantage by Donda ; G, Furiosa&Max, 4k

Atmospheric Phenomena (The castles in the sky Remix) by Owlship ; G, Furiosa/Max, 6k

Feathers and flame by Splinter ; G, Furiosa&Max, 3k

Through the Night by ladyarcherfan3 ; G, 2k

Worshipped by supergirrl ; E, Capable/Nux, 2k, Creator Chose Not To Use Warnings Tag Used

Echoed Words by Jaetion ; G, Capable/Nux, Angharad&Capable, 2k

This Time by battle_cat ; E, Furiosa/Max, 5k, Graphic Depictions of Violence Tag Used

Burnt Toast by FancyLadySnackCakes ; E, Slit/Toast, Capable/Nux, 4k, Rape/Non-Con Tag Used

Crux by Livia_LeRynn ; G, Furiosa/Max, Furiosa/Max/Valkyrie, Furiosa/Valkyrie, Furiosa/Max/Valkyrie/Jessie, Max&Valkyrie, 8k, WIP

Constant Ghost by FrostbitePanda ; G, Furiosa/Max, 1k

Wild Things by fadagaski ; E, Furiosa/Max, 3k

Thank you authors; may your fics ride eternal, shiny and chrome!


Well, better later than never. I wanted to do something for the meihem week, but I had no time, so there is it now. I’ve been ruminating about an AU for them, although it had ended getting out of my hands and becoming somewhat an open All-characters Au world… thing. xD (There will be meihem at some point, but it’s not a main point in the plot). It`s called for now: Solarwatch.

Basically, Mei is a field climatologist, specialized in dangerous atmospheric phenomena, who works for Overwatch industries. Overwatch is a big, wealthy company, specialiced in innovation in a lot of fields. Mei`s reseach is funded by the company. (funilly enough, I didn’t know the movie Twister existed until I explained this idea to a friend XD).

Which is what brings her to a lanky small town in the middle of nowhere, surrounded mostly by old farms. Junkrat and Roadhog live there, taking care of their own business (?). The plot somehow start during one of the tornado alerts. While they are heading to their bunker, Junkrat takes his time admiring the destruction, which allows him to see a stranger (Mei) way too close to the danger zone. They end up having to fetch her into the bunker with them. Of course the van and all the equipment gets blown up and Mei gets stuck with the two farmers until the damage is fixed enough in the town for her to comunicate with overwatch.

The designs and ideas aren’t still 100% finished, so there can be some changes.

Although this has a plot, though, I’m not doing a full comic, but vignettes, sketchworks and some scattered illustrations. So it’s not going to be in chronological order or have an schedule.

It has been a long time since I uploaded anything to Tumblr, and well, I want to apologize for that. I will try to force myself to upload more stuff. Thanks everyone for the attention!.

Sorry if in the Au, or in the descriptions, there is some English mistakes. it’s not my Mother language. Thanks to @underloks for the help in English.

Part 1

The signs as sciences

Aries:  Aeronautics// Aircraft design, construction, and navigation.

Taurus:  Astrophysics // The branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of stellar phenomena.

Gemini:  Gelotology // The study of laughter.

Cancer:  Cosmology // The study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.

Leo:  Robotics // The science of technology to design, fabrication, and application of robots.

Virgo:  Astronomy // The study of outer space.

Libra:  Oceanography // The exploration and study of the ocean.

Scorpio:  Horology // The science of measuring time and making time pieces

Sagittarius:  Cartography // The art or technique of making maps or charts.

Capricorn:  Volcanology // The study of volcanoes and volcanic phenomena.

Aquarius:  Meteorology // The study of weather and atmospheric conditions including whether phenomenas 

Pisces:  Botany // The study of plants.

The picture above was taken on 8th September 1979, and was captured by my Father during a family holiday in Wales. I remember the date because it was the day after my seventh birthday. It was taken with a Polaroid camera during an afternoon of typical Welsh weather - bad light and heavy mist - as we were walking back across the sand dunes to our coastal holiday cottage. The picture has sat fading in a box for many years, and I have scanned it into a digital format, which explains much of the grain and wear. Despite this, you can still clearly see the three tall, thin and oddly shaped people who were watching us as we walked. Our progress was slow as my Mother was heavily pregnant with my Brother at the time, and I was watching my feet kick patterns in the sand when I heard her cry out in surprise. I looked up to see my Dad throwing a protective arm around her, and then I was grabbed and pulled tightly to him. Dad told us to be quiet and then took the camera from a pocket inside his jacket, and took three photographs as quickly as the Polaroid would allow. The first didn’t develop, the second is the one you see, and by the time the last one was snapped they had completely disappeared. We walked across the dunes, my Father someway in front of us, to the spot the figures had been, but there was no-one. I watched the waves kiss the beach as my parents spoke quietly and looked at the picture, before we returned to the cottage. It was raining hard by the time we reached it.

For the previous three nights there had been strange lights over the bay, a collection of red and white points that moved in patterns and blinked on and off. I hadn’t seen them the first night, but on the second my Dad had woken me, and we stood on the porch in our pyjamas and watched the show for a good fifteen minutes, shivering together as the coastal wind whipped around. On the third night we had been driving back from a meal at a pub when my Mother pointed out the lights once more, and when a pull-in area appeared on the road we stopped. I stayed in the car but my parents joined another couple who had pulled their own vehicle over to watch the strange lights. A police car stopped and two officers stepped out, and one of the clearest, most vivid images from my childhood is of these six people watching those unidentified flying objects. The next morning, the day of the photograph, a report appeared in the local newspaper. I know we had a copy, but for the life of me I can’t find it. When I do, I’ll scan and upload the article. The headline was ‘Strange Lights Buzz Coastal Towns - Dozens Report Sightings’, and it appeared in the Cardigan Herald. I’m sure it’s online in some archive if you want to look it up.

Following the encounter and the photograph my parents decided to cut our holiday short by a day; within an hour of getting back to the cottage they had packed everything into the back of our Ford Cortina, and we were back in England before dark. I wasn’t sorry to leave; I loved the beach holidays in Wales but this time had been different, and while I hadn’t been frightened by the lights or the strange people in the dunes, I was frightened because my parents appeared to be. At home life changed; my brother was born nine days later, and a new term at school meant that I was back with friends and lessons, and didn’t have much time to think about the holiday. We returned to Wales the following year without incident, and had a fine time. In the few years that followed my grandmother passed, my parents divorced, and I grew into my teens. All experiences of Wales, mysterious or not, were left behind as my childhood faded.

So what did we see? The lights in the sky were odd, unnatural, and over the years I’ve read many explanations for unidentified flying objects; weather balloons, experimental aircraft, atmospheric phenomena. All I know is a lot of people saw them, including the police, so something was there. As for the people in the photograph, I can still recall the jerky, jittery way in which they moved, long limbs pushing them around, dark shapes with angular heads, looking at us before they floated away behind the mounds of sand. Recently I talked about it with my Father, and we both agreed that it was an odd experience, that the photograph has captured an image of something that neither of us have ever been able to really explain. Dad remembers looking at them and being overcome with a sense of dread that he’d never felt before, or since, and if he hadn’t had a family to protect he’d have run. All I remember is sitting in the back of the car as we drove away from the cottage, turning around to look out the back window, and seeing a black figure standing in the garden. It looked at me and I turned back quickly, stared down at my hands, and stayed that way for a long time. I’ve never told my Dad about that. I keep that particular slice of dread for myself. 

© Rich Wilson - 20th April 2014