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.

new zealand


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

ICYMI Nov 13 – Earthquakes/Satellite Launch/Supermoon/Sunset

Two different earthquakes struck this morning – one in New Zealand and one in Argentina. The New Zealand quake was the strongest of the two, measuring in as a magnitude 7.8. This initial earthquake resulted in a tsunami.  Read more by clicking here.

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Many aftershocks were already felt by late morning.

A few hours later, another quake was felt across the planet. A magnitude 6.2 struck South America.

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A new weather satellite is set to launch November 19th at 4:52 PM CST.  A rocket carrying the latest weather satellite from NOAA, GOES-R will fly 22,000 miles above Earth, giving meteorologist a view of what’s going on below.  Read more about the satellite by clicking this link.

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You’ve likely heard about the November “Supermoon.”  Well, it is finally here!

Full Moon Graphic

We do have some clouds around tonight, but they are high clouds so we won’t be completely overcast.  It will also be visible Monady night, however we do have clouds in the forecast then as well.  Click here for more information. Below are some viewer pictures.

Todd Moon in New Albin

Todd Moon in New Albin

 

Photo by: Amber Stueben in Cedar Falls

Photo by: Amber Stueben in Cedar Falls

 

Photo by: Carol Pfister in West Union

Photo by: Carol Pfister in West Union

 

Photo by: Marty Dvorak in Bremer

Photo by: Marty Dvorak in Bremer


As mentioned, there are some high clouds in our sky Sunday night, which developed late Sunday afternoon. They made for a fantastic sunset earlier.  Here are several photos from KWWL viewers on Facebook and Twitter:

 

Mike Graber in Cedar Rapids

Mike Graber in Cedar Rapids

 

Dianne Borowski, just east of Decorah

Dianne Borowski, just east of Decorah

 

Wade Clark in Cedar Falls

Wade Clark in Cedar Falls

 

Corinna Smith in Urbana

Corinna Smith in Urbana

 

Douglas Davies in Jesup

Douglas Davies in Jesup

 

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Amber Stueven in Cedar Falls

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Carol Johnson in Postville

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 13, 2016

November “Supermoon”

The second “supermoon” of the year takes place November 14th.  However, it will be visible Sunday night (the 13th) as well as Monday night.

Full Moon Graphic

According to space.com, a “supermoon” happens when the Moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around the Earth.  In 2016, this occurred in October, and will occur again in December.

So, what makes this moon different?  It’ll be the closes and brightest supermoon of 2016, and will also be the closest and brightest in more than 68 years!  The moon will appear 14% large and 30% brighter.  However, you likely won’t notice much difference in size from a regular full moon. The moon won’t be this close until November 25, 2034.

The nickname “Beaver Moon” because this is the time of year hunters would trap beavers ahead of winter.

December’s supermoon will happen on December 14th.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 12, 2016