Thursday morning wake-up call Aug 27 2020

Good Thursday morning, New York! Early showers, with the chance of severe thunderstorms later this afternoon. The full force of Hurricane Laura was recorded at the Lake Charles, LA, airport until the wind data stopped coming: https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/timeseries.php?sid=KLCH&num=72&banner=gmap&raw=0&w=325 Check out a weather station that may be in the eye of Hurricane Laura: https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/timeseries.php?sid=KDRI&num=72&banner=gmap&raw=0&w=325 Winds decreased from … Continue reading Thursday morning wake-up call Aug 27 2020

Weather forecast/outlook: Week of Aug 24 2020

Monday, noon update: Clear Sky Chart is predicting clear skies for Tuesday's dawn and clearing after the storm Tuesday night. Clearing extends into Wednesday. Screenshot of the output of the morning run of the United States' Global Forecast System Model from SpotWx.com . According to the developer of this output, the results you see here … Continue reading Weather forecast/outlook: Week of Aug 24 2020

Tropics sending two storms toward the Gulf Coast

Watch out, Louisiana! Anywhere on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the United States needs to be ready for possible hurricane force winds and dangerous storm surge. Tropical Storm Marco is likely to be followed by a strengthened Tropical Storm Laura, Monday and mid-week. Get updated maps, satellite photos and forecasts at:https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2 This … Continue reading Tropics sending two storms toward the Gulf Coast

Minor Sahara Dust Event in Puerto Rico, 8/17/20

Visibility is slightly reduced at the San Juan Airport today, to eight miles, likely due to dust from the Saharan Desert. Lower left box has forecasted ground level concentrations of dust for 2pm local time today. Maximum concentrations are forecast to be a little over 80ug/m3 (light blue area). 150ug/m3 is unhealthy for sensitive individuals. … Continue reading Minor Sahara Dust Event in Puerto Rico, 8/17/20

Morning Moon and Morning Star August 15, 2020

A mid deck of clouds made the views of the Moon and Venus a bit fuzzy this morning. I had hoped to take a look over the western edge (to our left as seen from Earth) of the Moon and visit the ridges of Mare Orientale, but the clouds would have muddled the view in … Continue reading Morning Moon and Morning Star August 15, 2020

Instant Astronomy – Just Add Venus and the Moon

[ With a Preview of Saturday Morning's Venus and our Moon Encounter, Dawn August 15, 2020 ] Despite clouds, despite twilight, around trees, from the front driveway in my pajamas, with my Canon XS on a tripod with the 55mm zoom lens that happened to be on it at the time - Moon and Venus … Continue reading Instant Astronomy – Just Add Venus and the Moon

Heads UP! for August 2020

Just Crummy Delta Aquariid meteors are peaking now, but are faint, and mostly seen from the southern hemisphere. They may be crumbs of Comet 96P/Machholz, discovered in 1986, which orbits the Sun every five years. Machholz’s orbit has a strange inclination and is affected by Jupiter’s gravity. It’s been seen by SOHO on each of … Continue reading Heads UP! for August 2020

Heads UP! Star Gazing Plan for Monday, July 27, 2020

I'm hoping the cirrus clouds will not show up tonight here in the eastern United States. They've been beautiful, but I'd like to get a last look at Comet NEOWISE before it gets too faint. It would be a good night for Jupiter, Saturn and the first quarter Moon. Here's the plan: Basics: for NYC, … Continue reading Heads UP! Star Gazing Plan for Monday, July 27, 2020

Catching NEOWISE

Here's photos from Monday evening. 50mm lens Canon XS on tripod, except as noted. I'll add details and photo data in the morning. Parking lot overlooking downtown Ardsley, New York. The International Space Station wore red. Comet NEOWISE wore blue/green. (Seen Casablanca?) Canon XS on tripod. F/2 2.5 seconds, ISO 800, 50mm lens. Was the … Continue reading Catching NEOWISE