Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.16.17

Night Sky Visitor…above the far earth below as clouds recede….

Weather Summary for Friday 12.15.17:  Cloudy with Snowfall starting as Snow/Snow Grain mix near noon, then all Snow from early afternoon thru 4:45 pm. New Snow Accumulation of 1.4″. The High Temperature reached 24.1 °F at 11:01 am.  Humidity High: 93%…. Humidity Low: 63%…..Dew Pt. High: 20.1°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  9.3°F…..Solar Radiation High:  73  W/m2… UV Index High:  0.00 …. Winds:  SSE becoming WSW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: SSE @ 6 mph… Overnight:  Variable Cloudiness early then gradual Clearing…Low temp:  16.1°F at 12:05 am……Winds:   WSW….Calm to 3 mph… Precip since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  Ding! Dong! Merrily On High by Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J_2tKCwu7Q

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.57″                  0.72″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.86″                 0.81

                                      Snow total:         6.50”                    6.50″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light northwest after midnight.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:   Mix  of Sun and Clouds. High near 42°F… Winds:  WSW and Variable at times …Calm to 7 mph increasing to 6 to 14 mph with Gusts to 20 mph possible.

Tonight:    Mostly Clear to Partly Cloudy….Low near 25°F……Winds: WNW and Variable at times ….Calm to 7 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 18-24, 2017
New Moon starts the longest Lunar Month of 21st Century….Winter Solstice….Ursid Meteors

A new moon nearly between the Earth and sun for this month happens December 18th. Astronomers mark the beginning of each lunar month, a period of approximately 29.5 days, at the new moon. Lunar months have slightly varying lengths, but this particular new moon will start the longest lunar month of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).

A lunar month (also called a lunation or synodic month) is defined as the period of time between successive new moons. Although the mean length of the lunar month lasts 29.53059 days (29d 12h 44m 03s), this upcoming lunar month will be more than 7 hours longer than the mean, having a duration of 29 days 19 hours 47 minutes. The new moon on December 18, 2017, and the following new moon on January 17, 2018, coincide quite closely with lunar apogee – the moon’s most distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit.

December 2017 new moon: Dec 18 at 6:30 UTC
December 2017 lunar apogee: Dec 19 at 1:27 UTC

The Sun arrives at its Southernmost point known by tradition as the start of the Winter season or the Winter Solstice at 16:28 UTC on December 21.  In North America, the solstice falls in the morning hours of December 21 (11:28 a.m. EST, 10:28 a.m. CST, 9:28 a.m. MST, 8:28 a.m. PST, 7:28 a.m. Alaskan Time and 6:28 a.m. Hawaiian Time). 

The Geminid Meteors have peaked and the annual Ursid Meteor shower is under way. The Ursids normally peak near the December solstice, so look for some possible activity over the next several nights with December 21-22 or December 22-24 to be peak nights.  The Ursid is not a robust producer of Meteors, so expect only 3-5 per hour. The Ursid Meteor Shower tends to favor the northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

Met Office WOW

Weather Underground Station Data KMDWHITE7

Weather Underground has now announced they are keeping the Web Cam feature.  Our protests did not fall on deaf ears and PWS owner unity changed an otherwise poor decision….Stay tuned, things may change again…

“We heard from many of you about how much you like and rely on our webcam product. So we will not discontinue the product as we stated in November. We will continue to allow users to add webcams to the Weather Underground network and everyone can view images from connected webcams.

Thank you for your passionate support and apologies for any inconvenience we caused.”

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.15.17

Azure Blue Above The Cedars Green yesterday…

Weather Summary for Thursday 12.14.17:  Cloudy early with an overnight Snowfall of less than an inch on the ground. Windy with Mostly Clear Skies dominating the rest of the day. The High Temperature reached 32.7 °F at 2:59 pm.  Humidity High: 91%…. Humidity Low: 49%…..Dew Pt. High: 23.4°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  10°F…..Solar Radiation High:  536  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.10 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 25 mph… Overnight:  Variable Cloudiness…Low temp:  16.4°F at 4:53 am……Winds:   NNW….Calm to 7 mph… Precip since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  GOD Rest You Merry Gentlemen by Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDcSyaW-tTI

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.47″                  0.62″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.78″                  0.73

                                      Snow total:         5.0”                        5.0″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Snow, mainly after 10am. High near 27. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight:  Snow, mainly before 7pm. Low around 23. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:   Winter Weather Advisory until 7 pm…70% chance of Snow Flurries after 10 am and a 90% chance of accumulating Snow after 1 pm, otherwise  Cloudy. High near 25°F… Winds:  SSE becoming WSW and Variable at times …Calm to 7 mph. Daytime snow accumulation near 1.8″  with up to 3.0″ possible in isolated areas North and West of I-95 .

Tonight:    20% chance of Light Snow or Flurries early in the evening then Partial Clearing and Cold….Low near 16°F……Winds: W and Variable at times ….Calm to 9 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 18-23, 2017
New Moon starts the longest Lunar Month of 21st Century….Winter Solstice….Ursid Meteors

A new moon nearly between the Earth and sun happens December 18th. Astronomers mark the beginning of each lunar month, a period of approximately 29.5 days, at the new moon. Lunar months have slightly varying lengths, but this particular new moon will start the longest lunar month of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).

A lunar month (also called a lunation or synodic month) is defined as the period of time between successive new moons. Although the mean length of the lunar month lasts 29.53059 days (29d 12h 44m 03s), this upcoming lunar month will be more than 7 hours longer than the mean, having a duration of 29 days 19 hours 47 minutes. The new moon on December 18, 2017, and the following new moon on January 17, 2018, coincide quite closely with lunar apogee – the moon’s most distant point from Earth in its monthly orbit.

December 2017 new moon: Dec 18 at 6:30 UTC
December 2017 lunar apogee: Dec 19 at 1:27 UTC

The Sun arrives at its Southernmost point known by tradition as the start of the Winter season or the Winter Solstice at 16:28 UTC on December 21.  In North America, the solstice falls in the morning hours of December 21 (11:28 a.m. EST, 10:28 a.m. CST, 9:28 a.m. MST, 8:28 a.m. PST, 7:28 a.m. Alaskan Time and 6:28 a.m. Hawaiian Time). 

The Geminid Meteors have peaked and the annual Ursid Meteor shower is under way. The Ursids normally peak near the December solstice, so look for some possible activity over the next several nights with December 21-22 or December 22-24 to be peak nights.  The Ursid is not a robust producer of Meteors, so expect only 3-5 per hour. The Ursid Meteor Shower tends to favor the northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

Met Office WOW

Weather Underground Station Data KMDWHITE7

Weather Underground has now announced they are keeping the Web Cam feature.  Our protests did not fall on deaf ears and PWS owner unity changed an otherwise poor decision….Stay tuned, things may change again…

“We heard from many of you about how much you like and rely on our webcam product. So we will not discontinue the product as we stated in November. We will continue to allow users to add webcams to the Weather Underground network and everyone can view images from connected webcams.

Thank you for your passionate support and apologies for any inconvenience we caused.”

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.12.17

Kaiya the Service Dog playing in yesterday’s rapidly melting snow…

Weather Summary for Monday 12.11.17:  Cloudy early then a mix of Sun and Clouds. The High Temperature reached 41.9 °F at 2:55 pm.  Humidity High: 85%…. Humidity Low: 55%…..Dew Pt. High: 30°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  21.6°F…..Solar Radiation High:  441  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.10 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times becoming SE at Dusk…. Peak Wind Gust: NW @ 12 mph… Overnight:  Variable Cloudiness…Low temp:  33.8°F at 12:18 am……Winds:   SSE….Calm to 7 mph… Precip since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  O Come All Ye Faithful  by Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5rMQ6P12WY

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.43″                  0.58″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.74″                  0.69

                                      Snow total:         4.3″                        4.3″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    A slight chance of rain showers before 4pm, then scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a south wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight:   Scattered snow showers before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a west wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:   25% chance of Scattered Rain or Snow Showers otherwise Variable Cloudiness with a mix of Clouds and Some Sun at times.  High near 43°F… Winds: SSW to WSW Becoming W and Variable at times …Calm to 3 mph increasing to 6 to 12 mph with Gusts to 28 mph possible.

Tonight:    Variable Cloudiness  with an Isolated Snow Flurry possible early then Gradual Clearing and very Cold….Low near 16°F……Winds: WNW and Variable at times ….4 to 14 mph with Gusts to 24 mph possible. Wind Chill Values in the single digits at times…

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 12, 2017
The Moon and Regulus…

Gaze eastward late evening, and you should see the moon and the star Regulus near the horizon.  If you’re an early riser and turn in before the moon and Regulus come up at late evening, arise before dawn to see the couple.

Look first for the waning gibbous moon. The nearby bright star will be Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. 

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

Met Office WOW

Weather Underground Station Data KMDWHITE7

Weather Underground has now announced they are keeping the Web Cam feature.  Our protests did not fall on deaf ears and PWS owner unity changed an otherwise poor decision….Stay tuned, things may change again…

“We heard from many of you about how much you like and rely on our webcam product. So we will not discontinue the product as we stated in November. We will continue to allow users to add webcams to the Weather Underground network and everyone can view images from connected webcams.

Thank you for your passionate support and apologies for any inconvenience we caused.”

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.10.17

Morning Sun on Snow covered Evergreens taken by Weather Station Cam North..

Weather Summary for Saturday 12.09.17:  Cloudy early then Snow began at 9:05 am and continued thru the day. The High Temperature reached 32.2 °F at 7::12 am.  Humidity High: 94%…. Humidity Low: 63%…..Dew Pt. High: 25.9°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  20.9°F…..Solar Radiation High:  60  W/m2… UV Index High:  0.02 …. Winds:  NNE and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 9 mph… Overnight:  Snow ending near 10:20 pm otherwise Cloudy with gradual clearing…Low temp:  22.6°F at 5:21am……Winds:   NNW….Calm to 2 mph… Precip since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  In the Bleak Midwinter  by Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0aL9rKJPr4

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.43″                  0.58″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.74″                  0.69

                                      Snow total:         4.3″                        4.3″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 7 to 9 mph

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:   Mix of Sun and Clouds.  High around 36°F….Winds: WNW and Variable at times …Calm to 7 mph increasing to 6 to 12 mph with Gusts to 26 mph possible.

Tonight:    Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy..Scattered Snow Flurries possible …Low near 29°F……Winds: W becoming WSW and Variable ….Calm to 4 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 10, 2017
The Moon and Regulus…

Gaze eastward late evening, and you should see the moon and the star Regulus near the horizon.  If you’re an early riser and turn in before the moon and Regulus come up at late evening, arise before dawn to see the couple.

Look first for the waning gibbous moon. The nearby bright star will be Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. 

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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.

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.09.17

Tufted Titmouse in Late Autumn Snow

Weather Summary for Friday 12.08.17:   Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy. The High Temperature reached 34°F at 2:39 pm.  Humidity High: 75%…. Humidity Low: 52%…..Dew Pt. High: 25.8°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  18.3°F…..Solar Radiation High:  234  W/m2… UV Index High:  0.70 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 7 mph… Overnight:  Cloudy…Low temp:  31°F at 6:22am……Winds:  NW….Calm to 2 mph… Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  In the Bleak Midwinter  by Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0aL9rKJPr4

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.10″                  0.25″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.30″                 0.25

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Snow, mainly after 8am. High near 31. Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Tonight:  Snow likely before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    Winter Weather Advisory..Cloudy early then Snow .  High around 32°F….Winds: NW becoming NE and Variable at times …Calm to 7 mph.  Total daytime Snow Accumulation of 1 to 3.5 inches possible.

Tonight:    Snow Showers possible early then gradual Clearing …Low near 22°F……Winds: WNW and Variable at ….Calm to 6 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 9, 2017
The Moon and Regulus…

Gaze eastward late evening, and you should see the moon and the star Regulus near the horizon.  If you’re an early riser and turn in before the moon and Regulus come up at late evening, arise before dawn to see the couple.

Look first for the waning gibbous moon. The nearby bright star will be Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. 

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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.

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 12.07.17

Evening Clouds…

Weather Summary for Wednesday 12.06.17:   Mostly to Partly Cloudy. The High Temperature reached 39.7°F at 1:27 pm.  Humidity High: 98%…. Humidity Low: 39%…..Dew Pt. High: 52.4°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  15.5°F…..Solar Radiation High:  390  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.20 …. Winds:  WNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: WNW @ 15 mph… Overnight:  Mostly Clear…Frost…Low temp:  30°F at 6:15 am……Winds:  SW becoming WNW….Calm to 2 mph… Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  Drivin’ Wheel  by  Foghat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-pIaz5Dqo8

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   December

                                      CoCoRaHS:        41.10″                  0.25″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.30″                 0.25

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 6 to 8 mph

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    Mostly Clear to Partly Cloudy.  High around 44°F….Winds: WNW and Variable at times …Calm becoming 2 to 12 mph with Gusts to 20 mph possible.

Tonight:    Partly Cloudy early becoming Cloudy …Low near 29°F……Winds: NW and Variable at ….Calm to 3 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 8, 2017
The Moon and Regulus…

Gaze eastward late evening, and you should see the moon and the star Regulus near the horizon.  If you’re an early riser and turn in before the moon and Regulus come up at late evening, arise before dawn to see the couple.

Look first for the waning gibbous moon. The nearby bright star will be Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. 

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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.

Cheers’
Josh

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFdVc0o4Sag

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:

NWS:  
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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

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 sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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.

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 11.30.17

Colorful Clouds in the twilight…

Weather Summary for Wednesday 11.29.17:   Clear to Mostly Clear becoming Partly Cloud late afternoon. Breezy and mild. The High Temperature reached 62.6°F at 1:15 pm.  Humidity High: 87%…. Humidity Low: 36%…..Dew Pt. High: 41.2°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  22°F…..Solar Radiation High:  488  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.50 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 19 mph… Overnight:  Clear to Mostly Clear becoming Cloudy after midnight…Low temp:  33.9°F at 5:56 am…….Winds: NNW becoming NNE and Variable at times …Calm to 3 mph …..Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6O9DaIGy9M

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   November

                                      CoCoRaHS:       40.85″                 1.53″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.02″                 1.60″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 53. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Tonight:  A chance of showers before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    Cloudy early then a Mix of Sun and Clouds.  High around 53°F….Winds: NE becoming SSE and Variable at times …Calm to 10 mph.

Tonight:    Variable Cloudiness with a 55% chance of Light Showers…Low near 39°F……Winds:  SSW and Variable at times….Calm to 6 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  December 1-4, 2017
The Moon and Aldebaran….Full Supermoon on December 3rd…

The Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, Italy will provide an online viewing of the December 3, 2017 supermoon, December 3, 2017 at 16:00 UTC as it rises above Rome’s legendary monuments, with audio commentary by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi.

An almost full waxing gibbous moon shines close to all night long.  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.

The full moon on December 3, will be a supermoon. 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 sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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.

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 11.28.17

Last Nights Waxing Gibbous Moon thru hazy thin clouds…

Weather Summary for Monday 11.27.17:   Clear to Mostly Clear becoming Partly Cloud late afternoon.  The High Temperature reached 55°F at 3:22 pm.  Humidity High: 66%…. Humidity Low: 40%…..Dew Pt. High: 34.8°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  26°F…..Solar Radiation High:  478  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.40 …. Winds:  NNW and Variable at times…. Peak Wind Gust: N @ 17 mph… Overnight:  Clear to Partly Cloudy…Low temp:  35.6°F at 3:28 am…….Winds: SE and Variable at times …Calm to 3 mph …..Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  How Long by  “Honeyboy” Edwards…He was kind enough to invite a young kid like me on stage for a couple of songs and this was one….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_Sow1Ed-Kk

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   November

                                      CoCoRaHS:       40.85″                 1.53″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.02″                 1.60″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    Sunny, with a high near 56. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:   Mostly clear, with a low around 41. South wind around 9 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    Mostly Clear becoming a  Mix of Sun and Clouds.  High around 57°F….Winds:  SSE and Variable at times …Calm to 10 mph.

Tonight:    Mostly Clear to Clear…Low near 40°F……Winds:  SSW and Variable at times….Calm to 6 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  November 28, 2017
Saturn and Mercury Conjunction….

The planets Mercury and Saturn will come into conjunction tonight. Mercury will be about 3o south of the ringed planet Saturn. A conjunction occurs when two celestial bodies have the same ecliptic longitude or right ascension. The conjunction of Mercury and Saturn will  be on November 28 and is the first in a series of three Mercury-Saturn conjunctions … that is, the first part of what astronomers call a triple conjunction

During the first conjunction, Mercury and Saturn are both low on the western horizon after sunset. Find an unobstructed view in the direction of sunset, and preferably have a high vantage point. Mercury and Saturn will be low in the western sky and visbible just after dusk.

Mercury is the brighter of the two planets, shining almost twice as brightly as Saturn. So if you only see one point of light, it’s probably Mercury. Three degrees of sky approximates the width of your thumb at an arm’s length from your eye. On and around November 28, both of these worlds will fit inside the same binocular field of view.

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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 with current weather station data data.

Cheers’
Josh

 

Sola Virtus Observatory Wx Report 11.25.17

Clouds at Sunrise….

Weather Summary for Friday 11.24.17:   Mostly Clear.  The High Temperature reached 52.6°F at 2:20 pm.  Humidity High: 84%…. Humidity Low: 35%…..Dew Pt. High: 31.7°F…..Dew Pt. Low:  21°F…..Solar Radiation High:  499  W/m2… UV Index High:  1.50 …. Winds:  SSE and Variable…. Peak Wind Gust: S @ 7 mph… Overnight:  Mostly Clear to Clear becoming Partly Cloudy near 5 am…Low temp:  35.8°F at 6:49 am…….Winds: SSW …Calm to 3 mph …..Rain since 12 am:  0.00″.

What I’m listening to while blogging:  Perfect Strangers by  Deep Purple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWN80LuCXFo

Precipitation Totals for 2017        YTD                   November

                                      CoCoRaHS:       40.85″                 1.53″               
                                      Davis  Rain       40.02″                 1.60″

Current Weather Conditions:

 

 

Local Forecasts For Norrisville, MD:

NWS:  
Today:    A slight chance of showers after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

SVObservatory WXSIM:
Today:    A  Mix of Sun and Clouds with an Isolated Sprinkle or Shower possible in the afternoon.  High around 57°F….Winds:  SSW becoming WSW and Variable in the afternoon …Calm to 9 mph.

Tonight:    Mainly Partly Cloudy…Low near 36°F……Winds:  WNW and Variable at times….3 to 15 mph.

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

                Solar X-Ray Status:  
Geomagnetic Field Status:  

 

Astronomy Watch:  November 25, 2017
Venus and Jupiter….

Before sunrise find an unobstructed view of the horizon to view the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. They’ll be extremely low in the east at sunrise, and a clear view of the horizon will definitely be needed. And whether you see them or not depends on your latitude on Earth’s globe. Keep binoculars handy. A telephoto lens will also work.

Observatory Cam:

SVObervatory Cam

More Observatory Webcams & AllSkyCam here

More data at sola-virtus-observatory.org

WeatherCloud

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 with current weather station data data.

Cheers’
Josh