Monday, February 8, 2010

Lenticular Clouds

Mount Rainier is in Washington State. We saw these amazing pictures.

Those of us NOT living in Tacoma Washington, or surrounding areas will
appreciate these pictures. I know some people who saw this on Friday Feb 5th 2010.
It was so amazing, people were pulling over on the freeway to take pictures.
Mt. Rainier puts on a show!
Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at
Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.
Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today.
Those are called "lenticular clouds" They're caused when the air flow is
just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward
where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth
the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we've seen
so far to day. Here is more information on what causes them from an
earlier blog entry.
It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist
flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rules about the Internet

Think about what you post. Sharing provocative photos or intimate details online, even in private emails, can cause you problems later on. Even people you consider friends can use this info against you, especially if they become ex-friends.

Read between the “lines.” It may be fun to check out new people for friendship or romance, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they’re trying to get something. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship or romance.

Don’t talk about sex with strangers. Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be about sex or physical details. Don’t lead them on – you don’t want to be the target of a predator’s grooming.

Avoid in-person meetings. The only way someone can physically harm you is if you’re both in the same location, so – to be 100% safe – don’t meet them in person. If you really have to get together with someone you “met” online, don’t go alone. Have the meeting in a public place, tell a parent or some other solid backup, and bring some friends along.

Be smart when using a cell phone. All the same tips apply with phones as with computers. Except phones are with you wherever you are, often away from home and your usual support systems. Be careful who you give your number to and how you use GPS and other technologies that can pinpoint your physical location.