Yesterday’s California power demand vs. forecast graph & how effective the 3pm Flex Alert was

Fascinating to look at yesterday’s California power demand vs. forecast graph & how effective the 3pm Flex Alert was at getting people to reduce power usage during peak hours. (That forecast demand peak was very close to the forecast supply peak.)

https://www.caiso.com/TodaysOutlook/Pages/default.aspx

Graph showing hour-by-hour power demand for August 17, forecast tracking a sine wave dipping to around 26K MW at 4am & peaking at 49K at 6pm. Actual usage tracks until 3pm, when it flattens, then stays below the forecast curve for the rest of the evening.

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An amazing composite photo of the Milky Way and Jupiter over the snow-covered Himalayas, via @apod. Photographer Tomas Havel took 8 exposures from the same spot over 3 hours and combined them to make this image.

An amazing composite photo of the Milky Way and Jupiter over the snow-covered Himalayas, via @apod. Photographer Tomas Havel took 8 exposures from the same spot over 3 hours and combined them to make this image.

APoD: The Milky Way over Snow-Capped Himalayas

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covid19/japanese art

Atlas Obscura reports on a trend where artists are drawing Amabie (アマビエ), a sort of mer-bird-person spirit associated with protection from disease.

A Healing Spirit From 19th-Century Japan Is Back to Face COVID-19

Artists are bringing back Amabie, a ‘yōkai’ associated with protection from disease.

Image by Kaori Hamura Long. The article features several other examples from the current trend.

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A Healing Spirit From 19th-Century Japan Is Back to Face COVID-19.
Artists are bringing back Amabie, a ‘yōkai’ associated with protection from disease.
via @atlasobscura

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