As a possible April snowstorm approaches, eyes are turned to the sky. Now weather buffs won't have to look out the window to get a glimpse of regional weather, thanks to a new weather watching Web site created by staff and student researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Asheville. The Web site, http://www.weatherwebcams.org, gives viewers access to images from dozens of local webcams, showing nearly real time weather in more than 100 locations across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.
UNC Asheville's Atmospheric Sciences Department will host advanced Skywarn storm spotter training at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at UNC Asheville's Robinson Hall, room 125. Justin Lane of the Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service Forecast Office will lead the two-hour course. Representatives from emergency response agencies, amateur radio operators and interested weather watchers are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.
The Universe is yours to discover at two star gazing events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy. The viewings, held on the evenings of April 3 and 4, will take place in front of Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center. The Health Adventure, UNC Asheville, and amateur astronomers from the area will be coordinating the events.
Noted mathematician Thomas Banchoff will delve into the fourth dimension for UNC Asheville's eighth annual Parsons Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium. Banchoff's talk on "From Flatland to Hypergraphics Geometry and Art in the 4th Dimension" will describe the new developments in computer graphics that will open the door to see higher dimensions. A mathematics professor at Brown University, Banchoff's research focuses on four-dimensional geometry and the development of computer graphics. He was the advisor to the recent movie, "Flatland," an animated film inspired by Edwin A. Abbott's classic novel set in a world of only two dimensions inhabited by geometrical shapes. The event is free and open to the public.