Asheville Tempestry Project

On January 13 at 6pm, in tandem with Asheville Science Tavern, AS IF Center Director Nancy Lowe will introduce the Asheville Tempestry Project.

A series of Tempestries showing maximum daily temperature data for several years.

The Tempestry Project is a global climate mosaic for visualizing yearly data of maximum temperatures. The project was founded by Justin Connelly, Marissa Connelly, and Emily McNeil in Anacortes, WA. Each Tempestry is a scarf-sized knitted wall-hanging that portrays daily maximum temperature data for a specific location over one year.  So that everyone’s Tempestries everywhere can be compared visually with each other, colors are standardized. The Tempestry Project supplies a template that matches temperatures with their corresponding yarn colors.

Yarn colors are standardized to correspond with maximum daily temperatures.

During 2019, AS IF Center will coordinate a series of Tempestries that show max temp data over several years for Asheville, NC.  Asheville is not only our nearest city — it is also headquarters for the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), housing NOAA’s climate data. When the Asheville Tempestry series is complete, the Tempestries will be donated to an Asheville organization that focuses on climate science and science education. It is our hope that they will be displayed where they can help educate the public about climate change.

There are three ways to participate in the Asheville Tempestry Project. You don’t need to know how to knit! You can

  1. Download data from NOAA and populate max temp information in a yarn color spreadsheet (data are automatically converted to the corresponding color). This is fun for people interested in climate data and have some fundamental skills working online …and/or
  2. Knit a Tempestry. The pattern is easy, even for beginners who have never knitted before …and/or
  3. Sponsor a knitter by purchasing their yarn and needles for about $50. Once we connect knitters with sponsors, you will be on your own to work out details. Sponsors please note: Neither AS IF Center nor Asheville Science Tavern will be responsible for any unfinished Tempestry knitting projects. Knitters who can’t finish can send their unfinished project to us and we can try to find another knitter to finish it.

You can also take on a whole project on your own, start to finish — download the data, buy the yarn and needles, and knit one yourself.  You do not have to live in the Asheville area to participate. But please get in touch with us to select which year your panel will represent.

The Asheville Tempestry Project is a great way to learn how to access and visualize NOAA’s climate data, work with your hands and make something beautiful, and make new friends in the process. Interested? To find out more, join us for Asheville Science Tavern’s Second Sundays for Science event on January 13, 2019 at 6pm, at White Labs Kitchen and Tap, in the upstairs community room — or just contact us and we’ll get you started.

All Small

April 13 1pm-4pm
(Rain date April 20)
AS IF Center Yellow House — 1229 Rebels Creek Rd., Bakersville, NC

Claytonia virginica with bee

When spring comes to the Appalachian mountains (an phenomenon so charming that Aaron Copeland even wrote a beautiful symphonic work to celebrate it), it begins with all the small things — bloodroot and trout lily, bee flies that look like fluffy flying teddy bears, cold little mountain streams. Come investigate the spring awakening of our forest by spending time with all the small things. We’ll hike a little bit (a moderate hike, 2 miles ish, with about 500 feet of elevation gain), then along the way we’ll sit a little bit and draw and make notes about small things we observe. We’ll focus on things that could fit in the palm of your hand (or smaller). What will you notice when you spend ten minutes watching a patch of moss, a single wildflower, or a small section of lichen-covered bark? Bring a nature journal or sketchbook, so you can draw or write about things that fit in the palm of your hand. Bring a loupe or magnifying glass if you have one. We will finish our hike by using microscopes to look at the small things we found, sharing our notes, and munching on some very small snacks. All are welcome, but if you are under 18, bring along a responsible adult. So that we can get a headcount, and stay in touch in case of rain, please RSVP RSVP RSVP!