Posts Tagged ‘weather’

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Why am I looking up?

August 10, 2016

A-rare-5-planets-alignment-1“Watch all the 5 bright planets in a rare alignment, just after sunset.”

I walked outside last night to view this phenomenon and was greeted by a thunderstorm…much rain which was appreciated…and a power outage that is still going on (not so much appreciated.)

If your skies are clear, read on:

“Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, all the 5 planets will be visible just after sunset, during the first few weeks of August.

Venus and Mercury, aren’t so easy see. They are to close to the Western horizon.

This month, there will be conjunctions between the moon and Venus on August 3, the moon and Mercury on August 4, and the moon and Jupiter on August 5. Jupiter and Mercury come closest together for the month on August 19, and then Venus and Jupiter stage a very close conjunction on August 27.

Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, explains:

“The fainter planets that lie closer to the Sun, such as Mercury and Venus, will be difficult to see so it is best to wait until after sunset for the twilight to fully fade, but before the planets set.

The planets stretch across the sky, anchored to the horizon following the setting Sun.

This is because the entire Solar System is flat like an old vinyl record with the planets moving along these grooves of the record. Looking out from the Earth we will see this as a straight line, known as the ecliptic plane, tracing across the sky.”

from WordlessTech

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What do I think is wonderful?

February 3, 2016

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Winds and currents all over the world.  Click on the image to see the animation.

Thank you HMS Defiant.

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What am I not complaining about anymore?

March 2, 2015

ice

This morning I had to break the ice off my snow shovel so that I could dig out my car.

That’s it.  I’m not complaining about global warming – er, winter anymore (this year).

 

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Why am I freezing?

February 25, 2015

Interesting photos from WordlessTech, et al . . .

Eastern-U.S.-in-a-record-breaking-Freezer-1-640x476Ice-Covered Eastern States – Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
New-York-surrounded-by-iceNew York Harbor in the cold – Image credit CBS via gizmodo
dccoldIce on the Potomac – Image: J. David Ake/Associated Press

I was in DC yesterday and was amazed at the amount of snow there – and the ice-covered Potomac.  I am sorry I did not think to snap a photo from my airplane window.  And there was no heat on the plane.

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What am I pondering?

February 23, 2015

IMG_1792February 10 – the view from the beach.

IMG_0669 (2)February 15 – the view from my front steps

I think that true intelligence is not knowing when to go on vacation, but knowing how long to stay away.

 

 

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What blizzard am I talking about?

January 29, 2015

nyc blizzardYou think Juno was a blizzard?

1950 blizzardThis was a blizzard!

That is a Pershing tank helping to move a bus through the snow following the Thanksgiving Blizzard, or the Great Appalachian storm, of 1950.  I do not remember the storm, but this is the one my parents always talked about.

From the Lakewood [Ohio] Sun Post:

Hundreds of motorists abandoned stalled autos. Stuck streetcars were strung along main arteries for miles. Bus routes were littered with coaches blocked by enormous drifts. Most plants closed, and some employees who did manage to report in were marooned on their jobs. Trucks laden with food couldn’t deliver. Babies were without milk, and groceries able to open were rationing it as well as bread.

More here.

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From the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:

The 5-day 1950 Thanksgiving blizzard began when an arctic air mass lowered temperatures to 7 degrees. The next day, 24 Nov., low pressure from Virginia moved into Ohio, causing a blizzard with high winds and heavy snow which closed the airport. Mayor Thomas Burke called for the National Guard and mobilized snow removal equipment to clear the 22.1″ of snow brought by the storm; however, snow drifts and over 10,000 abandoned cars blocked the effort. Burke declared a state of emergency, banned unnecessary travel, and later asked downtown businesses to stagger hours to reduce transit burdens. Nonessential cars were banned downtown. The storm weakened on Monday, but most area schools closed. The storm ended, and all guardsmen were dismissed by Wednesday, but Cleveland schools remained closed all week to keep children off transit lines. The auto ban lasted until the last CTS line reopened on Saturday; while parking problems remained, police no longer monitored traffic. Normal conditions returned as the temperature hit 53 degrees. The storm had paralyzed the area for a week and cost over $1 million and 23 lives.

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“Great Appalachian Storm 1950-11-26 weather map” by NOAA Central Library, Silver Spring, Maryland – NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

April 15, 2014

eclipse tattoo

The tattoo this week is about the lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse is a fascinating sight.  This time, however, I missed it because this is what I woke up to.

daffs

I hope the daffodils survive.   I was at the beach on Sunday – brought a book and a lawn chair and sat in the sun – temps in the upper 70s at least.  The temperature of the lake?  That is another matter entirely.  It won’t warm up until much later. Too often we go from winter directly into summer (and back again) here is the Connecticut Western Reserve.

I will try to catch another lunar eclipse later in the year.  This information is from NASA:

For people in the United States, an extraordinary series of lunar eclipses is about to begin.

The action starts on April 15th when the full Moon passes through the amber shadow of Earth, producing a midnight eclipse visible across North America. So begins a lunar eclipse tetrad—a series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals.  The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015.