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Small Full Moon

Posted by on May 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

The near full moon (full on Wednesday) is certainly beautiful, but did you notice how “small” it is? That’s because the moon is cycling near its apogee (farthest distance from the Earth at roughly 250,000 miles). The next lunar perigee is May 25 (closest distance to Earth at roughly 222,000 miles). Unfortunately, we won’t see […]

Orion Bidding Goodbye

Posted by on April 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm

With clear skies tonight, stargazing fans ought to take time to wave goodbye to a winter favorite, the constellation of Orion. It is low in the western sky after sunset. By mid-May, it will be too close to the setting sun to be visible and won’t be visible again until we see it emerge in […]

First Sign

Posted by on March 23, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Usually, the first sign of a front moving in is an increase in high cirrus clouds (and subsequently, commercial jet condensation trails). Why? As the air becomes more saturated with moisture above 5 miles high, that moisture now has condensation nuclei on which to condense. That’s why we call them “contrails” (short for condensation trails). […]

Venus Transitioning

Posted by on March 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm

So where is that beautiful, bright “evening star” (Venus) we’ve been seeing in the last few months? I looked for it while Sally and I were in Lynchburg, Virginia over the weekend. I was surprised that I could not find it. Was it that low in the sky and in the process of transitioning back […]

Young Meteorologist

Posted by on February 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

On Sunday, I met Kyle Williams, a very young meteorologist-to-be. It so so exciting to see so much passion and wonder about weather in someone so young. He reminds me of what I must have been like at his age. There is no doubt in my mind where I will find Kyle in 10-15 years. […]

Supermoon Photos

Posted by on November 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

There are a ton of great supermoon photos out there, but I wanted to share two of them in particular. The first is from Jay Reynolds and the moon was rising against the backdrop of the Cleveland skyline as seen from Edgewater Park. The second is from a TV colleague that I once worked wth […]

Aurora From Satellite

Posted by on November 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Here is a really neat photo taken from a NASA satellite showing the southern extent of where the northern lights were visible last night.

Rare Parahelic Circles

Posted by on November 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Our solar refraction show continued on Tuesday when a pair of somewhat rare parahelic circles showed up along with two sun dogs and a solar halo. Take a look at both the image and video below.

Solar Halo

Posted by on October 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm

With the high, thin cirrus deck above 25,000 feet today, the tiny ice crystals that make up that cloud deck is refracting the sun’s light at a 22° angle in order to produce the solar halo captured on a local web camera in Geauga County just moments ago (1:30 p.m.).

A Stargazer’s Week

Posted by on September 19, 2016 at 11:25 am

September is famous in the Ohio Valley for long stretches of sunny, mild, and dry days. We’ve seen one such stretch earlier in the month. Now we will see a second one this week. On top of that, with the moon rising later and later during the week, stargazers will have banner conditions immediately after […]

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