Science

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 […]

Warm, Humid Nights

Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

Have you ever noticed that whenever it gets “humid,” the nights don’t cool off as readily? It’s even the topic of many songs through the decades, like this one from the late 1970s: The answer is in the water molecule. It has a unique ability to absorb and “store” heat when the sun is out. […]

Fading Away

Posted by on August 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

Our sunsets are getting noticeably earlier and earlier now that we are getting ready to flip our calendar over to the month of September. Tonight’s official Cleveland sunset of 8:01 p.m. is the last one of the year that is 8 p.m. or later.

Very Old Moon

Posted by on August 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Brad Timerson from central New York snapped this beautiful image early this (Tuesday) morning of the last sliver of the moon showing (with “Earthshine” showing the dark side of the moon) before it enters the new moon phase, too close to the sun for anyone to see. It will emerge in the early evening western […]

Daytime Moon

Posted by on August 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Have you ever looked for the moon in the bright, blue daytime sky? Admittedly, it’s not something that anyone may think about while the sun is shining, but it is not only possible, but it happens all the time! The reason it surprises so many people when they finally see this sight is that most […]

Look Up!

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

We are in the absolute PERFECT place for seeing some of the most beautiful, decorative summer clouds thanks to the battle between a cool, dry Canadian-origin high pressure system, and some steamy, summer air not far to our west. The “green zone” is where these mid-level gems are carved out thanks to both air masses. […]

Rainbow At 1 PM?

Posted by on May 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

How can that happen? Easy, if there are enough raindrops in front of the camera. This rainbow was visible with only five feet of heavy raindrops as the sun was coming out behind this thunderstorm as it pulled away from us this afternoon.

Amazing Lightning

Posted by on May 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Check out this amazing lightning video, recorded on an ultra-high speed camera at a frame rate of 7,000 frames per second. This lightning strike, in real time, occurred in 0.005 seconds. The video is courtesy Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.

Early Sunrises

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

Beginning Wednesday, the sun rises at 6:00 a.m. or earlier until July 4th. Grab that first cup of coffee and head out to your porch or deck to watch the sunrise.

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