February 2016 Edition of the Pennsylvania Observer (PA weather/climate information)

The Pennsylvania State Climatologist

From The Pennsylvania Climate Office Staff  -- The February 2016 edition of the "Pennsylvania Observer" is attached.  Features include a summary of February's weather, the experimental forecast for March and April, and one highlight. The highlight covers the basics of understanding the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). Look for the next newsletter at the start of April.

Peregrine Falcon Educator Workshop - April 5, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Join the PA Game Commission, PA Department of Environmental Protection and ZOOAMERICA for a free WILD in The City workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. Workshop participants will EXPLORE the successes of peregrine falcon reintroduction in Pennsylvania; EXAMINE falcon specifics and endangered species concepts; and OBSERVE falcons in Harrisburg.

Leap Day in 2016

You probably already have on your radar that we are in school this year on February 29th! The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) states that leap years are regularly-occurring events based on set rules. During leap years, an extra day is added as February 29th to keep the calendar synchronized with the precession of the Earth around the Sun. Leap years are necessary because the actual length of the year is 365.2422 days and not 365.

Look - we found "E" (for Earth) and "S" (for Science) on rocks! And we already knew that Earth Science rocks! Actually, these compass directions are part of the markers in the Stopford Family Meadow Maze at Tyler Arboretum (link is external) in Media, PA.

Earth Science Rocks

2016 Wolfram Summer School

Wolfram Educational Innovation Track of the Wolfram Summer School

June 19–July 8, 2016 (3 weeks), Bentley University, near Boston

Who is the Education Innovation track for?

It is intended for individuals who want to make a difference in education by taking what they learn about developing educational materials and products with the Wolfram Language and helping to make programming in education accessible to everyone. This track is suited to educators, people studying education, and individuals with experience in education technology.