Northern Lights

The Northern Lights were seen Saturday night from Hubbard (Hardin County) .Video taken by Paul Brooks.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 29, 2017

A 1918 article mentioning 2017

Here is a newspaper article from June 1918 about the solar eclipse. Notice the mention of the next total eclipse at the top…2017. The time is hear. Click here for much more information about the August 2017 total solar eclipse across the US.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 9, 2017

In the sky tonight

Bad timing for the sky to be mostly cloudy. If you do have breaks over you take a look up.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 10, 2017

Looking West Wednesday evening

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This post was written by Schnack on February 8, 2017

Meteor early Monday morning

Early Monday morning a meteor was seen by many across the Midwest. Police dash cam caught the meteor at 1:25 AM racing through the sky.

The image below shows how far it could been seen across the country. From Iowa to New York and from Minnesota to Kentucky. Most of the reports came from eastern Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. Click here to get an updated image of reports. You can also submit a report if you saw it. The link also has a few more videos of the meteor.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 6, 2017

Wednesday evening sky

Here is what you can see in the sky this evening. Click on image to enlarge it.
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This post was written by Schnack on February 1, 2017

What’s up in the February Sky

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This post was written by Schnack on February 1, 2017

New Weather Satellite Launches

Saturday, November 19th marked a big day in the meteorological and space world.  A rocket carrying a new weather satellite, called “GOES-R” (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 5:42 PM (CST).

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This new satellite will be stationed 22,300 miles above Earth’s surface, and help provide improvements in detection and observation of weather here on Earth.  The new satellite will provide advanced imaging across the Western Hemisphere, improved lightning data, as well as monitoring space weather.

Once in operation, the satellite will be called GOES-16.

 

The new instruments within the satellite will give us more data and imagery faster than ever before (approximately every 30 seconds).  Read more about the GOES-R satellite here.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 19, 2016

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ICYMI Nov 17- Earth from Mars/ Earthquake Aftermath/ Records/ Lightning

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this photo of Earth… seen from Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars!

Earth from Mars Curiosity Rover Credit NASA JPL


As you may recall, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand, killing two people.  Scientists say that because of the quake, the seabed lifted nearly two meters (6 feet) in the city of Kaikoura of South Island.  Read more here, and see aerial shots of New Zealand before and after the earthquake.

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Today might be the last day we see high temperatures like this again for awhile. Cedar Rapids and Iowa City tied the record. Des Moines reached 76 degrees (previous record 75 1941).

Record Highs vs Actual DMA High Today3D



 

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This post was written by Eileen Loan on November 17, 2016