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Radar precipitation measurements

Radar is increasingly used to measure precipitation in hydrologic science applications. It’s handy because it can be both frequent and areally distributed. This NWS newsletter does a great job of going over the basics of how weather radar can be used to derive rainfall rates and totals. This page gives a …

What this blog needs is more volcanoes

So much stuff going on here, I haven’t even had time to update since the end of the semester. But when I saw this video flit across my Twitter feed today (via @volcanojw), I slowed down to watch it and then had to share it. Someday I’ll get to Hawai’i …

Meet Mr Toilet

I’m still super excited about Lost Rivers showing in Kent tonight, but there are many other great films at the Environmental Film Festival as well. This short from Jessica Yu, director of Last Call at the Oasis is fantastic: Meet Mr. Toilet | Jessica Yu from Focus Forward Films on …

Condit Dam Removal video

No excited Gordon like at Marmot Dam, but this is one exciting “blow and go” dam removal video. This was Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington in October 2011. Spectacular to watch, and even neater knowing that there was important (and hair-raising) science being done both upstream …

Marmot Dam removal video

My favorite way to get students excited about dam removal is this video produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, on the removal of Marmot Dam, near Portland, Oregon in 2008. Part of the reason I love this video is it shows off Gordon Grant‘s enthusiasm for river science.

A nice British video explaining the connection between rivers and groundwater. I can’t get the embed to work, so you’ll have to click through to watch: http://www.groundwateruk.org/How-Rivers-Work-Role-of-Groundwater.aspx This is why I say I study rivers AND groundwater – if you want to understand how water moves through a watershed, you’ve got to …