The New York Times just published a story I wrote about the new science of solar forecasting. To track the clouds, scientists have developed new cameras that provide startling images of the sky. Click on the buttons to enjoy this slideshow.
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Two scientists at the University of California at San Diego, [...]
Years ago, on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains with my friend Eric, we stopped to rest in a lake basin beneath a giant blue sky. We had been in the backcountry long enough that our minds had unchained from the city, and it seemed obvious to ask Eric to name his favorite force of nature. “Clouds,” he replied, as we gazed up into the sky where a few of them wandered lonely. “Because they’re the one force on Earth that Man can’t control.” I’ve thought about Eric’s answer often, and especially in the last week or so while I reported a story for the New York Times on the new science of solar forecasting. [...]