The drones are coming

Stories about quadcopters, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in the news nearly every day.  While the horrors of war, invasions of privacy, daring wilderness rescues and package deliveries make the most sensational headlines, the game-changing role of unmanned aircraft for individuals and small businesses may be the most exciting prospect for […]

Media release: Anacapa’s near space balloon launch is a success

Students capture photos and environmental data from 90,000 feet above Earth’s surface See more photos in the Facebook album. S.B. News-Press: Students explore atmosphere with balloon-equipped camera S.B. Independent: Anacapa School Skirts the Stratosphere KCLU Public Radio: Lance Orozco’s radio feature story S.B. EdHat: Anacapa School’s Launch a Success Noozhawk: Anacapa School Project Soars to Stratospheric […]

“Ground Control to Anacapa School” – A near space mission

T-minus four days, nine hours until lift off of AAHAB-1, Anacapa School’s first near space probe!  What is a near space probe?  Never mind that … what is “near space?” Over the past few years the proliferation of GPS-enabled devices, as well as compact and light-weight digital photography, has helped give bloom to a burgeoning […]

Journey to the top of the Earth

One evening in Hawaii, we decided to journey up to the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii.  Standing at the top nearly 14,000 feet in elevation above sea level and above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere, left me short of breath but not short on views.  The vista from the top looking […]

Hawaiian volcanic activity from the air

Daniela and I flew around Hawaii’s Big Island in a Cessna 172S yesterday and were lucky enough to have just enough cloud clearance to sneak into the rift zone for some photos of Kilauea’s active Puʻu ʻŌʻō volcanic vent in Volcano National Park.  Check out the gallery for more shots taken by us during the two-and-a-half hour […]

Weather camera issues

You might have noticed that the K6LCM Weather Camera has been offline quite a bit recently.  I have been having some difficulty keeping a connection to the Wunderground FTP webcam server with the DCS-920 WiFi camera.  Out of the box, the camera has an FTP client that can be configured to automatically send still images […]

Photos: Lightning over Santa Ynez Mountains

The new weather webcam has been up and running for less than a week and it has already captured some interesting phenomenon.  On the heels of a record-breaking heat wave, a stationary low pressure system hanging over northern Mexico has been steering subtropical moisture into Southern California.  This moist and unstable airmass is a perfect […]

Photos: Minotaur IV rocket launches from Vandenberg AFB

A Minotaur IV booster carrying a military space surveillance satellite lifted off from Vandenberg AFB this evening from South Base at 9:41 p.m. PDT.  A first-of-its-kind military tool to monitor satellites and space junk is aboard the rocket. According to the U.S. Air Force, the device will help keep better tabs on the more than […]

Vintage Pullman railcar reveals secrets of the Calif. coast

A couple weeks back I saw a flier in a local shop advertising a day trip on a vintage railway car.  The classic 39 seat first class lounge was built in 1949 by the famous Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company for use on the old San Francisco Overland Trail line between Chicago and San Francisco […]

Brush fire in Santa Barbara on Old San Marcos Road (photos)

According to the Santa Barbara Independent a brushfire has broken out off Old San Marcos Road north of Cathedral Oaks Road. The fire was estimated at three to 3.5 acres as of 4:05 p.m. As of 5:30 p.m. the fire appears to be under control. I was driving on US-101 from Goleta toward Downtown when […]