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SAN FRANCISCO — Downtown San Francisco may see its first snowfall in more than 30 years this week.The National Weather Service said a weather system bearing down on the San Francisco Bay area is bringing cold temperatures and precipitation.Showers are expected to begin on Thursday and continue through Friday, with a chance of showers on Saturday as well. Forecasters say the temperature in San Francisco Bay area will drop into the 30s on Friday and Saturday nights.That likely means snow at higher elevations and could even bring snow to downtown San Francisco.National Weather Service meteorologist Austin Cross tells The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa it hasn’t snowed in downtown San Francisco since 1976.
The Bay area has already seen snow on some of its mountain peaks after a storm last week.
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Via Strange Maps
This rather sinister image is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of western cartography. Most often referred to simply as the Fool’s Cap Map of the World, it is unknown why, when, where and by whom it was made.
The only thing that can be said about it with some certainty is that it dates from ca. 1580-1590. But sources even differ as to the type of projection used, some referring to it as ptolemaic (i.e. equidistant conic), others claiming it owes more to the techniques of Mercator and/or Ortelius (and being an enthusiast rather than a specialist, I’m not one to call this).
The map shows the world ‘dressed up’ in the traditional garb of a court jester: the double-peaked, bell-tipped cap (1) and the jester’s staff (2). The face is hidden (or replaced) by the map, giving the whole image an ominous, threatening quality that feels anachronistically modern.