Kirsten Storms Cannot Believe What Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Is Capable of Doing With a Smartphone


Many parents know that children can be amazing creatures. They often grow up quickly and sometimes pick up new skills at an unbelievable pace.

General Hospital star Kirsten Storms recently had a moment of awe with her 6-year-old daughter, who is now skilled at using a smartphone. Find out what made Storms impressed with her daughter below.

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Kirsten Storms has 1 daughter she shares with her ex

Storms has one child named Harper, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Brandon Barash.

Storms and Barash—a soap actor known for his roles on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives—got married in 2013. They welcomed baby girl Harper in 2014, though the couple decided to call it quits in 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.

Despite the divorce, Storms and Barash still remain on good terms. They co-parent Harper together with both often sharing fun moments with her on their social media accounts, such as when Harper graduated from kindergarten and when Barash cut her hair during quarantine.

Storms revealed to Soaps In Depth in 2018 that co-parenting is the “best” situation for their daughter, saying, “It’s important to us that Harper get the best possible experience growing up — and that means seeing her mom and dad in the same room with each other, frequently.”

Kirsten Storms recently revealed her daughter is skilled in navigating a smartphone

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Storms also recently let fans in on something her daughter has learned to do: navigate a smartphone. Taking to Instagram, Storms marveled at the differences between her young self and her daughter now when it comes to technology.

“My first cellphone was a flip phone when I was 16 years old (huge upgrade from

NASA infrared imagery reveals wind shear displacing Marie’s strongest storms


NASA infrared imagery reveals wind shear displacing Marie's strongest storms
On Oct.5 at 6:20 a.m. EDT (1020 UTC), the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Marie that confirmed wind shear was adversely affecting the storm. Persistent westerly vertical wind shear showed strongest storms (yellow) pushed east of the center where cloud top temperatures were as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 45.5 Celsius). Credit: NASA/NRL

NASA’s Aqua satellite provided an infrared view of Tropical Storm Marie that revealed the effects of outside winds battering the storm.

Wind shear occurs when winds at different levels of the atmosphere push against the rotating cylinder of winds, weakening the rotation by pushing it apart at different levels.

NASA’s Aqua Satellite Reveals Effects of Wind Shear 

Infrared light is a tool used to analyze the strength of storms in tropical cyclones by providing temperature information about a system’s clouds. The strongest thunderstorms that reach highest into the atmosphere have the coldest cloud top temperatures. This temperature information can also tell forecasters if the strongest storms in a tropical cyclone are being pushed away from the center, indicating wind shear.

On Oct.5 at 6:20 a.m. EDT (1020 UTC), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on Marie that confirmed wind shear was adversely affecting the storm. Westerly vertical wind shear has pushed strongest storms east of the center where cloud top temperatures are as cold as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 45.5 Celsius). The remains of the deep convection associated with Marie continues to get further displaced from the exposed low-level center due strong upper-level westerly winds, with the gap now over 100 nautical miles between those two features.

Status of Tropical Storm Marie  

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Marie was located

The climate science behind this year’s wildfires and powerful storms


At least 31 have died in the largest wildfires in California history. The east is defending itself against twice the usual number of tropical cyclones. And what may be the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth came in August in the United States. It’s a torrid 2020 and it was forecast 32 years ago. In the 1980’s, a NASA scientist named James Hansen discovered that climate change, driven by carbon emissions, was upon us. His graphs, of three decades ago, accurately traced the global rise in temperature to the year 2020. Last week, we had a lot of questions for Hansen. Are these disasters climate change? Do things get worse? Is it too late to do anything? But before we get to the causes, let us show you the effects.

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Climate scientists on 2020’s wildfires and storms



Butte County, California, Volunteer Fire Station 61.

Scott Pelley: How long has the fire station been here?

Reed Rankin: About 35 years.

Scott Pelley: And how long have you been here?

Reed Rankin: 28 and a half years.

Reed Rankin is chief of what was Station 61. He’s spent his life in the community of Berry Creek. He’s on the school board and built his home with his own hands.

Scott Pelley: Tell me what your home looks like right now.

Reed Rankin: Nothin’ but a foundation with a metal roof on top of it. It’s completely burned down.

Scott Pelley: School burned down.

Reed Rankin: Yeah. Completely. All the buildings on it burned down. Nothin’– nothin’ left.

Fifteen people died in that inferno, the second week in September, north of Sacramento, where the central valley folds into the Sierra Nevada. 

Thom Porter: These are fires that nobody, when I started in this

Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico areas to watch for tropical storms


Historically, hurricane season peaks about Sept. 10, activity typically in top gear leading into October. But this year’s hyperactive September came screeching to a halt Friday, when Teddy and Beta in the Atlantic and Lowell in the Pacific fizzled or lost tropical characteristics entirely. Since then, the world’s oceans have been virtually silent. But they won’t be for long.

A large zone of rising air at mid-to-upper levels of the atmosphere will soon overspread the Atlantic from the west, at the same time as global circulations favor an uptick in shower and thunderstorm activity. The two factors could overlap to bring about a renewal in tropical busyness.

An area to watch

The National Hurricane Center is already monitoring one area in the northwest Caribbean that could prove problematic in the coming week. The center estimates a 50-percent chance that tropical development will occur sometime in the next five days.

A strip of clumped thunderstorm activity can be seen on satellite north of Venezuela, west of the Lesser Antilles, associated with a weak westward-moving wave at the mid-levels of the atmosphere. The system is rather diffuse, but models hint that a more concentrated lobe of vorticity, or spin, could consolidate along its southern flank.

Uncertainty is a bit greater than normal when it comes to this system, which will probably arrive north of Honduras in the extreme northwest Caribbean by Friday. After that, the details become hazy.

If that blob of spin ends up forming along the central or northern part of that axis of disturbed weather, then the system could latch onto steering currents that would eventually bring it west of Cuba and perhaps into the Gulf of Mexico. But if it becomes established farther south, the system could end up being steered into the Yucatán Peninsula and becoming

Northern Lights Possible Over U.S. This Week As Strong Geomagnetic Storms Predicted, Say Scientists


Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? If you live in northern U.S. states near the Canadian border then the night skies could play host to the sky phenomenon—also called the aurora borealis—at around midnight local time on Monday and later in the week, too.

In the wake of the Sun “waking-up” there have been reports of strong displays of aurora in the night sky in recent weeks, but so far they’ve been confined to the Arctic Circle.

However, the latest predictions from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (NOAA SWPC) suggest high activity is coming this week that could mean aurora borealis being visible as far south as Oregon.

Whether anyone sees them depends not only on “space weather,” but also on local weather since heavy cloud will preclude any sightings.

Where and when will the Northern Lights be visible tonight? Here’s everything you need to know about the possibility—and that’s all it is—of the aurora borealis coming to parts of the U.S. this week.

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What is the forecast for the Northern Lights in the U.S. this week?

NOAA SWPC issues a daily forecast, for next three days, of geomagnetic activity. Its current forecast for September 28-30, 2020 includes a period of strong activity measuring Kp5 and Kp6 (see below for an explanation), which could means visibility in the northern U.S.

When will the Northern Lights be visible in the U.S. this week?

Those times are in Universal Time, so you need to translate them back into your local time. Do that and you’ll see that midnight on