Friday Night Sky

Check out tonight’s sky! Out of the five planets visible in the sky at the same time, three of them are easy “naked-eye” (you don’t need a telescope) objects.

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Mandisa

As promised on my live radio segment with Mark and Gabrielle on WKJA-FM (click HERE to listen LIVE), here is the story of “Mandisa,” a Christian contemporary artist:

Mandisa Lynn Hundley (born October 2, 1976), known professionally as Mandisa, is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Her career began as a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol, in which she finished in ninth place. She is the fifth American Idol alumna to win a Grammy Award for her album Overcomer in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

Mandisa Hundley was born and raised in Citrus Heights, California. After graduating from El Camino Fundamental High School, she attended American River College in Sacramento where she studied Vocal Jazz.[4] Then she studied at Fisk University in Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in vocal performance.

Mandisa auditioned for the United States talent competition show American Idol in Chicago, in 2005. She referred to herself as “just Mandisa,” thus was billed simply as Mandisa on the show. She stated that her musical influences run the gamut from Whitney Houston to Def Leppard.

Idol judge Simon Cowell made several comments about Mandisa’s weight after her successful audition. He first quipped, “Do we have a bigger stage this year?” Then, when Paula Abdul commented that Mandisa had a “Frenchie” growl to her voice, Cowell responded that a more apt comparison would be to France itself. These were among comments that drew the ire of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, (NAAFA) and would be one of the reasons Mandisa would entitle her 2007 album True Beauty.

When Mandisa presented herself to the judges prior to the final cut-down to the season’s 24 semi-finalists, she told Cowell: “What I want to say to you is that, yes, you hurt me and I cried and it was painful, it really was. But I want you to know that I’ve forgiven you and that you don’t need someone to apologize in order to forgive somebody. I figure that if Jesus could die so that all of my wrongs could be forgiven, I can certainly extend that same grace to you.”[8] Cowell told Mandisa that he was “humbled” and apologized to her immediately.

For the complete Wikipedia entry on Mandisa, CLICK HERE.

Here is the song I picked to highlight on WKJA this morning:

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NGC 1805

Many colorful stars are packed close together in this image of the globular cluster NGC 1805, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This tight grouping of thousands of stars is located near the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. For more on this unique globular cluster, click here.

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Easy To Find

Sometimes the satellite imagery gives us some obvious clues as to where certain features are. Take today’s image and see if you can pick out where the stationary front is located.

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Sunrise-Sunset

What a stunning view from SkyFOX this morning just before the sun rose on this first day of September:

Here’s an image from last night’s sunset from my sister who lives in New England:

The dew point has moved back up into muggy territory today, so it doesn’t feel quite as September-like as a few days ago, however, the cool and dry pattern will return Friday-Saturday.

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Meet Jacob Wycoff

Congratulations to Jacob Wycoff on landing a dream job at one of Boston’s premiere television news outlets, WBZ-TV-4! Jacob is one of those young aspiring meteorology students that I watched as he earned his degree in meteorology, then slowly found himself in the right place at the right time.

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to have Boston legend Don Kent on this podcast, along with another very popular meteorologist by the name of Bruce Schwoegler. Jacob becomes the third guest from WBZ-TV-4, a WeatherJazz® first. Let’s meet a delightful and talented young meteorologist who, in my humble opinion, will become the next New England weather icon.

Here’s the photo we made reference to when Jacob got the green light from his western Massachusetts news director to grow a beard.

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Laura’s Effects

Hurricane Laura slammed into Cameron, Louisiana a little after midnight today as a Category 4 hurricane. The peak wind (before the power and connections went out) at Lake Charles Municipal Airport just after 2 a.m. was clocked at 137 m.p.h. The National Weather Service Office there evacuated all employees earlier. It’s a good thing. Look what happened to the Lake Charles NEXRAD Doppler radar:

NOAA Hurricane Hunters were busy yesterday flying in and out of the eye to grab additional data. Here is a two-minute video taken by the crew as they went from the reasonably quiet eye and into the very turbulent eye wall:

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Rainbows!

Why don’t we ever seem to see rainbows at high noon? There’s a great reason for that! Let’s explore the relationship between the sun angle and rainbows in today’s episode of WeatherJazz®.

Here is the photo to which I made reference in the podcast:

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Surprise Aurora

Check out this surprise aurora show in central Pennsylvania this morning!

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Favorite Season?

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