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Saturday events forecast

October 25th, 2014 at 8:53 am by under Weather

A weak cold front moving through our area this morning will keep more clouds than sun overhead for the first few hours of our day with the chance for an isolated sprinkle. Once this system moves off to our east, we’ll tap into sunshine by around lunchtime. The sunshine will be here to stay throughout the afternoon, with temperatures climbing into the upper 60s. Keep in mind that our average high for this time of year should be right around 60°. It’s going to be a great day to get outside! It will be a pleasant evening to go out and about, too with skies remaining mostly clear. Here’s a look at some events happening around town this evening:


Future solar eclipse calendar

October 24th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by under Weather
Still shot of the partial solar eclipse as it took place on October 23, 2014.

Still shot of the partial solar eclipse as it took place on October 23, 2014.

The viewing of Thursday evening’s partial solar eclipse was made difficult due to increasing clouds across the area.  If you’re disappointed that you missed it, and are wondering when your next opportunity will be…well, you’ll have to wait a while to see another here in Indiana and Ohio.  But, if you’re willing to do some traveling you might have better luck.

5 other solar eclipses will take place before we get to see our next one here in the Midwest.  These will be visible in other spots around the globe, but just not here in our region.  Mark your calendars now for August 21, 2017 and, also, keep your fingers crossed for a clear sky the next time around.  With this 2017 date, you’ll have plenty of time to build your solar eclipse viewer that Greg linked to earlier.

 

I’ve included a list of the upcoming eclipses around the globe below.  Note the 3 different types:  annular, partial and total.

Calendar of Future Solar Eclipses

Calendar of Future Solar Eclipses

In an annular eclipse, the edge of the sun stays visible as the moon moves across the sky, appearing as a “ring of fire”.

During a partial solar eclipse, the moon is not aligned perfectly with the sun and only a portion of the sun’s light is blocked by the moon.

When a total solar eclipse takes place, the moon is pretty much aligned perfectly with the sun, blocking out its direct rays from reaching the earth.


Weather system moves warm air in

October 24th, 2014 at 11:34 am by under Weather
Diagram of weather system 1130 am 10/24

Diagram of weather system 1130 am 10/24

It’s not the normal way you’d think it should happen. Usually when weather people talk about a system moving in this time of year from the west or northwest they are referring to cold air. This time it’s quite the opposite situation. You see, cold air was already in place and has been sitting here because of arctic high pressure all week. What this pacific weather system actually accomplished was to displace the colder air mass and replace it with more moderate warm air. This system will be responsible for beginning our weekend and early next week warm up.


Friday night football forecast

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:10 pm by under Weather

I’m happy to say Mother Nature’s delivering a good football night to players and fans this week.

For the Friday games, there will be just a light southwesterly breeze around and temps falling from the upper 50s at kickoff to the low-mid 50s when the games wrap up.  No rain is expected Friday night.

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/24/14

Friday Night Football Forecast for 10/24/14


Solar eclipse viewer

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:37 pm by under Weather

Here’s how to build a solar eclipse viewer.  It’s the safest way to look at an eclipse.

A look at how the sun, earth and moon lineup during a solar eclipse. (Credit: NASA)

A look at how the sun, earth and moon line up during a solar eclipse. (Credit: NASA)

 

 


University flooding model may be the wave of the future

October 23rd, 2014 at 10:27 am by under Weather
Recent flooding in Wilshire, Ohio (Courtesy NWS Northern Indiana)

Recent flooding in Wilshire, Ohio (Courtesy NWS Northern Indiana)

Flooding is an issue we are all too familiar with in our region with three rivers that traverse our area. One of the problems with forecasting flood waters is that very little has been done to make forecasts more timely and reliable. That is until recently. The University of Iowa has introduced a new flooding model system that is many strides ahead ofthe National Weather Service is doing. In fact, you could say it is decades ahead of what the NWS is able to do.

Here is more on this new model and what Weather Service officials are saying about it.

 


A fall reminder

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Weather

Saw this great reminder posted by the National Weather Service office of Wilmington, OH, and thought I’d pass it along.  It’s something you might not think about often – but, the weather affects your tire pressure and your safety when out on the road.  Read more below:

As the weather settles into a colder pattern, make sure to check that your tires stay properly inflated.

As the weather settles into a colder pattern, make sure to check that your tires stay properly inflated. (Image Credit: NWS ILN)


May stay warm for a while

October 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 am by under Weather

This warming trend that we are expecting this weekend may last a little longer, maybe moving into the end of the month. The new Climate Prediction Center Outlook for 8 to 14 days has temperatures slightly above average from October 29th-November 4th and precipitation well above average through the same period, so it may be a wet end of the month and starting of November as well.


More fall photos

October 21st, 2014 at 9:27 pm by under Weather

As you can imagine, with the fall colors reaching their peak, more and more viewer pics of beautiful leafy landscapes have been filling our inboxes.

I’ve posted some of the new ones that have come in below…but, don’t forget to check out our larger fall photo gallery here.  Add your fall pics to our online collection, by sending them to us using Report It.

Submitted by Chris Lawler.  Decatur, IN 10/14/14

Submitted by Chris Lawler. Decatur, IN 10/14/14

Submitted by Grace Danel - The fall colors of Lindenwood Nature Preserve 10/16/14

Submitted by Grace Danel.  The fall colors of Lindenwood Nature Preserve 10/16/14

Submitted by Mark Bowser, Sr.  2014 LaGrange County colors.

Submitted by Mark Bowser, Sr. 2014 LaGrange County colors.


Sattelite pictures show continued drying across western states

October 21st, 2014 at 11:01 am by under Weather
Satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites in June 2002 (left), June 2008 (center) and June 2014 (right). Colors progressing from green to orange to red represent greater accumulated water loss between April 2002 and June 2014. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California, Irvine

Satellite observations of declining water storage in California as seen by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites in June 2002 (left), June 2008 (center) and June 2014 (right). Colors progressing from green to orange to red represent greater accumulated water loss between April 2002 and June 2014. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California, Irvine

As our climate changes and transitions to what is now a warmer earth there will be some side effects that may cause some huge global issues. One of them is California. These latest satellite photos show that the state is getting very dry. Read more about that here.

They had better think of a better alternative like desalination soon or there might not be any water for residents there to use.