If you lowered the thermostat on your water heater by one degree this year, you could save enough energy to microwave 207 bags of popcorn or power a fish tank for 19 days.
If 1000 people joined you, we could power 10 homes for 30 days or power a hospital for 4 days.
More energy facts at the Energy Generator:
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan, tsunamis are on people's minds. How much do you know about them?
Take this brief tsunami quiz and find out:
1. Name 4 geologic events that might cause a tsunami.
2. Tsunamis are also called wave trains because they are a series of waves, not just one wave. How far apart in time can they be?
3. In deep ocean water, how fast can a tsunami travel?
So you've probably seen the big black plane outside of the Virginia Aviation Museum when you're on your way to the airport. But what exactly is it?
This plane is the SR-71 Blackbird and was manufactured by Lockheed under the direction of the CIA. After World War II, the United States wanted to maintain a close watch on Soviet missile and nuclear weapon production. To do this a plane was needed that could fly very high and very fast to both escape incoming missiles and to avoid detection by Soviet radar, all while taking photographs of what was going on below.
Tuesday, December 21, is the Winter Solstice and usually considered the first day of winter. However, meteorological winter is already here! So what’s the deal? Well, the definition of winter depends on whom you ask.
It's snowing! Snow showers are also predicted for Thursday and a winter storm might hit us this weekend. Remember last December?
Now for the Question of the Week:
What is the percent chance of a white Christmas in Richmond (in any given year)?
The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is this Saturday, November 13, 2010. NBC12's Andrew Freiden has posted the following weather forecast for race day:
- 7 am - low to mid-40's, mostly sunny
- Noon - near 60, partly sunny
- 3 pm - mid-60's, partly sunny
What is ideal race weather?
Answer: Ideal running weather -
Last week, the Richmond area received about five inches of rain, which helped to reduce the rainfall deficit in our area for the year. For the record, though, we’re still short by 4.9 inches of rainfall for the year.