Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday Evening

The two links below have more information about the partial solar eclipse.

NASA link

EarthSky.org

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This post was written by Schnack on October 21, 2014

12:20 PM Weather Update

A slow moving storm system is moving east to allow part of eastern Iowa to see sunshine. If you draw a line from Decorah to Cedar Rapids, the area east of that line is cloudy and area west of it is sunny. The clouds will clear all of eastern Iowa this evening.

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You can see the International Space Station this evening at 7:31 for 4 minutes. It will track from the NW to NE.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on October 15, 2014

A Few Lunar Eclipse Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on October 8, 2014

ISS Viewing Information

Here is a look ahead to the viewing information for the International Space Station (ISS). The sky is forecast to be clear to see each of this flyovers
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This post was written by Schnack on October 8, 2014

Understanding a Lunar Eclipse

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This post was written by Schnack on October 7, 2014

Lunar Eclipse Conditions

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 38-40. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: AM: Mostly sunny. PM: Partly cloudy. High: 60-67. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low: 40-46. Wind: N 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 50s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 50s

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 60.

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A couple of interesting things will be seen in the sky before the sun comes up Wednesday morning. First we need the sky clear. Here is the visible satellite image from this afternoon. The clouds over Iowa and to the northwest will dissipate as the sun sets this evening. A clear sky tonight is likely.

Oct 7 Vis Sat

The first thing we will see this evening is the International Space Station (ISS)

Oct 7 ISS

The next thing in the sky to see will be the Total Lunar Eclipse. This is the second of four consecutive lunar eclipses and when that happens it is called a Tetrad.  Look in the western sky as the moon is setting to see the eclipse. Here are the times to view it Wednesday morning.

Oct 7 Eclipse Times

Here is what a total lunar eclipse looks like from the past. The reddish color gives it the name of “Blood Moon”. It is also called the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

Oct 7 Eclipse Image

Wednesday is going to be a nice fall day. Clouds will increase Wednesday night with a mostly cloudy sky through Thursday. There is a slight chance of a light rain shower or sprinkles Thursday, but the best chance of rain will fall across Missouri.  Here is the possible rain from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening.

Oct 7 QPF

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This post was written by Schnack on October 7, 2014

Northern Lights Tonight?

The clouds have been clearing this evening quickly. We have the chance to see the Northern Lights tonight. Bundle up because it will be cold…temps 40s.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 12, 2014

Warmer & More Humid w/ Chance of Storms

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 3:30 PM

Tonight: Clear. Low: 48-50. Wind: SE 5 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 75-78. Wind: SE 5-15 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 53-56. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

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The sky is going to be clear tonight to catch a possible meteor shower. There is still some uncertainty about it since it is a new one. Astronomers are saying it could be amazing with 100s per hour or a dud with nothing. We will all have to just wait and see. The best time to see the shower is 1-3 AM CDT. Look in the northern sky.

Click here for more information about this new meteor shower.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 23, 2014

Northern Lights Tonight…Bad Timing

We are expecting a lot of clouds tonight. This is bad timing because there is a pretty decent chance of seeing the Northern Lights this far south. Here is the forecast: Click the image to enlarge

Jan 9 Northern Lights

 

The green line on the image above shows how far south they might be visible. The forecast tonight is for a mostly cloudy sky across eastern Iowa. There is a clear sky in NW Iowa this afternoon. The satellite image below shows lot of clouds across eastern Iowa and areas to the South. The clouds are forecast to track northeast. So most areas will have clouds tonight. There is a slight chance our northwestern counties could have a clear sky for a few hours.

Jan 9 Vis Sat

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This post was written by Schnack on January 9, 2014

Fireball Thursday Evening

At 5:40 PM something raced through the earth’s atmosphere and burned up. There were many phone calls to the station and on social media confirming  something happened in the sky. If you saw something at this time please tell us about it by filling out this form. This will help us a lot. Click here for the form.

As of 9:00 PM there is still some uncertainty as to what it was that crossed the sky. There has been a photo circulating on the web/social media showing what was said to be what just crossed the sky. With more fact checking the image was not from what happened today. The image below is courtesy of Brad Panovich of WCNC-TV.

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Here is another look at the fake image from @Observing Space.

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If I get any “real” photos or video of what raced across the sky this evening I will post it here on the blog.

 

Social Media comments:

“saw the sky light up in Charles City”

“Lit up in Decorah. Lit up the sky like lightning does.”

“We saw it in Waukon”

“Lit up the sky between Calmar and Decorah! All traffic slowed down!”

“I saw the flash north of Charles City about 5:40″

“We saw it Cresco as well. Look like lightning.”

“I was outside in Denver and the whole sky lit up”

“I was out in the yard in independence, just noticed a bright flash like lightning.”

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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2013