Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.04.17

Full Supermoon imaged freehand with Olympus E410 and 300mm lens thru hazy skies.

Weather Summary for Sunday 12.03.17:   Mostly Clear after morning Clouds. The High Temperature reached 50.8°F at 2:50 pm.  Humidity High: 96%…. Humidity Low: 55%…..Dew Pt. High: 41.4°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  28.4°F…..Solar Radiation High:  502  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.10 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 14 mph… Overnight:  Clear to Mostly Clear becoming Mostly Cloudy after 5am. Heavy Frost…Low temp:  29,6°F at 5:27 am…….Winds: NNW becoming NNE and Variable at times …Calm to 2 mph …..Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  Sweet Home Chicago by  Foghat

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:       40.89″                 0.04″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.06″                 0.01

Current Weather Conditions:



Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

Today:    Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:   A slight chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    Mostly Cloudy early then a Mix of Sun and Clouds.  High around 50°F….Winds: NE becoming SSE and Variable at times …Calm to 10 mph.

Tonight:    Mostly Cloudy with a slight chance of Light Showers…Low near 40°F……Winds:  SSE and Variable at times….Calm to 11 mph.

Hair Frizz Factor:    Frizz Watch
Pollen & Allergy:    ModerateMolds…Ragweed

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Astronomy Watch:  December 4, 2017
The Moon and Aldebaran….Lunar Perigee…

The moon’s glare may make it difficult to spot the constellation Taurus and its two major residents, Aldebaran and the Pleiades Cluster.

The moon and the constellation Taurus the Bull travel across the sky from east to west. The moon and Taurus appear in the eastern sky early evening. All three will climb upward during the evening hours reaching their highest point near midnight. Then the moon and Taurus will  slide down the sky to sit low in the west before sunrise.

Last nights Full Supermoon was spectacular even though hazy clouds were invading the view. In the Northern Hemisphere it may be known as a Moon Before the Yule, Cold Moon or Long Night Moon. It’s also the only full supermoon for 2017.  It comes close enough to Earth (222,443 miles or 357,987 km) to be considered a supermoon.  Any new or full moon approaching 362,000 km of Earth in 2017 counts as a supermoon. This month, the full moon and lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit – occurs about one day apart. The full moon takes place on December 3, at 15:47 Universal Time (UTC), and lunar perigee takes place on December 4 at 8:42 UTC.

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at


Met Office WOW

Weather Underground Station Data KMDWHITE7

Weather Underground has made it official..”On December 15, 2017, we’ll remove the webcam feeds from our website, mobile apps, and within our API – meaning uploading and accessing webcam footage will no longer be available”….and a quote from Jeff Masters at WU…”Due to the difficulty we’ve had maintaining this feature, its negative ROI, and the downsizing of our staff, it has been decided to drop the webcam feature from WU on December 15. “

How about our Return on Investment…It’s obvious, all they want is our free weather data which they can sell to third parties. They are systematically removing everything else, and what  is left is a poor layout that has constant glitches.  

For the many followers who visit my WU site to see the webcams, click on webcams in the blog menu on the home page or go to any of the links listed above weather underground to see the cams and current weather station data data.



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