Why is there a mirror on the roof?

Why is there a mirror on the roof?

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

Long term observations of the clouds can be especially stressful on the neck. The mirror allows you to look down at the clouds instead of up. Much more relaxing! In the early days of the Observatory they used a reflective instrument to measure the speed of the clouds. This instrument is displayed in the History […]

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Why do you have plants growing on the roof of that other building?

Why do you have plants growing on the roof of that other building?

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

These plants are a hardy type that can subsist in a “green roof” environment. A green roof uses plants to recycle precipitation and to minimize rooftop contribution to global warming. Recycling precipitation reduces contaminated runoff into groundwater supplies. In a rooftop environment without plants the ultraviolet light from the sun is converted to infrared (heat) […]

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Why do you have so many kites?

Why do you have so many kites?

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

There is a long history of the use of kites in meteorology. In the early days of meteorology, before airplanes and satellites, kites were frequently used to send weather observation equipment aloft. Measurements of temperature, humidity, and altitude were taken. Sometimes wind speed and wind direction were measured as well. At the Observatory kites were […]

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