Perlan Project News

Click the link below for an article on The Perlan Project from The New York Times published on Monday October 21, 2013. Our Dr. Elizabeth Austin has been the Chief Meteorologist on this project since the late 1990’s and we are all very excited for the fast-approaching Perlan Mission II.

Stephen Bone

My Work Station

I finally got my widgets all organized. Now I can track weather happening around the world with no hassle, and jumping around to hundreds of different sites.



I pulled up The Weather Channel app on my iPhone yesterday evening, and started flipping through my saved locations. I like to switch it up, and pick a handful of various locations to save to favorites every couple weeks or so. It’s nice to follow the weather in other parts of the country, and honestly, even following basic observations like temperature and sky cover in other places can absolutely expand your meteorological knowledge bank.

Death Valley is currently on my list. When this came up, I was in awe at the 2% relative humidity, and staggering gap between the temperature and dew point! That’s a 106°F difference… crazy! It’s also interesting that the Heat Index was down to 104° due to the extremely dry air mass. I’d be curious to read up on why that creates such a significant cooling sensation.

Long story short… I feel sorry for anyone having to live in that type excruciating heat, especially compared to the low 70’s we’ve had for over a week. I actually really enjoy little spurts of hot weather, but Death Valley can keep its 115° and enjoy that.

Stephen Bone

A380 Landing at San Francisco

Pilot’s view of the first Airbus 380 landing (Lufthansa) at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO):

Runway 28R is adjacent to Runway 28L, where recently, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed on July 6, 2013, killing 3 and injuring almost 200. Weather is not believed to be a cause in the accident. Conditions at KSFO were fair skies, mild temperatures, light winds, perfect visibility, no precipitation, and no forecast of wind shear.

It is incredible how automated the approach and landing sequences appear to be on these ultra-modern aircraft. There are also some pretty spectacular views of the S.F. Bay Area!


Stephen Bone