You might be able to see the Northern Lights tonight

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The northern U.S. is in for a treat tonight. The aurora borealis — a beautiful glow that is the product of interactions between solar energy and Earth’s magnetic field — might be visible as far south as Nebraska, and even here in Providence. Seeing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, is generally only possible at higher latitudes, but due to particularly heavy solar activity in recent days, Providence has a fair-ish/good (see above) chance of getting nature’s greatest show tonight.

So, if you want to skip roaming from off-campus house to off-campus house for a few hours, you now have an alternative activity. Maybe the Ladd Observatory will throw a viewing party. Seriously, though: we’re in for some clear skies tonight, so look “north and lower on the horizon;” maybe you’ll be able to see that famous green glow.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: An ugly forecast

April has finally arrived, and spring (maybe) has accompanied it. That means it’s time to break out our Doppler radars and other, less scientific tricks to entirely accurately forecast predict Spring Weekend’s weather. Luckily, we have a couple of different weapons in our forecasting arsenal. The 2014 Farmer’s Almanac, that all-knowing publication that tells you when to plant your seeds and also how many layers to wear on the Main Green, has some good news to tell about this month’s weather.

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That’s right, Brunonia: black bars going up and red bars going down! That means April in general should be bringing us higher temperatures than normal — a full 4 degrees — and lower than average precipitation. Break out the BlogDH tanks and fluorescent sunglasses; we’re good to go! Continue Reading


Weather you like it or not: Jo’s and Andrews to close early tonight


The chef has spoken! Winter Storm Quintus is expected to hit Browntown in the afternoon today and stay through Sunday morning. As a result, both Jo’s and Andrews Dining New Gate will be closing at 11:00 p.m. To avoid being left with the late night munchies, I highly recommend utilizing Foodler, a website that allows you to have your knock-off spicy withs (weeth?) (and other foods too!) all in the comfort of your dorm. Stay warm, and avoid making fruitless treks tonight!


The Main Green Spring Scene Checklist

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Go outside. Like, right now. Spring might have decided to show up fashionably late this year, and we might still be a bit bitter from the overcast Spring Weekend. But the sun is out, the grass is soft, and it’s socially acceptable to take off clothing during the day.

On a day that’s as nice as today is, here’s what you should be doing:

1. Iced, iced coffee

If you’re not drinking liters of iced coffee, you’re doing it wrong. Because, seriously, who’s going to need Flex Points in two weeks from now? Alternatively, find out when fresh baked cookies come out of the Blue Room oven and attack like a cloud of descending locust.

2. Throw a frisbee.

Or, if you’re like me, get hit by a Frisbee.

3. Get a farmer’s tan…

… and then lose it. Let’s lose those shirts and show some skin. Who cares if you’re shivering because it’s just a few degrees too cold for your outfit? Refuse to put on a sweatshirt because you look too damn good.

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It’s actually warm outside

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Well…wow. Most of the school has already seen the picture above. After looking at this screenshot, I was inclined to think that sure, there are some disappointed people here with this temperature. You know something? If you had told us six days ago it would have been 55 degrees outside, we would have given anything for the opportunity to enjoy it. And you know something? Not only is it warmer today in Providence than it is in San Diego, according to the Weather Channel’s Accuweather 5-Day forecast, but tomorrow is going to be hotter than parts of Colorado and Oklahoma, and almost as hot as Arizona and New Mexico.

This list continues: if you can even believe it, it’s going to be hotter in Providence than it will be in Rome and Sevilla; and it’s going to be warmer than South Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Michigan.

After tomorrow, we’re going march up to Old Man Winter to take back our spring. Byaaaaah!

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It’s never too early to look at Spring Week weather

Though the Groundhog was criminally off this year, that won’t stop us from gathering all available clues for Spring Week’s weather. Since rain on the day of a concert automatically causes late performances, general sadness, and near-Armageddon, we need to be sending all the good-weather (bish-don’t-kill-my) vibes we can to the sun god. Fortunately, the Farmers’ Almanac can at least attempt to prepare us for what’s coming:

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Now, since experts have generally rated the Almanac’s accuracy rate as about “zero,” I say we can pick and choose what we take from this report. I’m loving the prediction for the 16th-19th and am going to assume that lovely weather will stick around an extra day. Who cares if it rains for Binder?

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