Earth Day Meteor Shower

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This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2015

Strong Wind and What is in the Sky?

Another very windy day. Peak wind gusts today in the 40-50 mph range.

Peak Wind Gust - 4 Lines

The wind remains breezy tonight and as the sun comes up Wednesday the wind will increase again. Wind gusts most of tomorrow will be closer to 30 or 35 mph. The sun sets Wednesday and the wind diminishes quickly. By Thursday morning a frost or freeze is possible for a few hours. The wind forecast below shows the wind remaining from the northwest through Wednesday night.

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The clouds we had today are slowly clearing out. Here is a visible satellite image from this evening.

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The clear sky will give us a chance to see a few things this evening. First if you look west you can see Venus and the Moon. (Waxing Crescent with 12% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated).

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The other thing is the International Space Station. It will be visible at 8:51 pm for 4 minutes…traveling from the W to SSE.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2015

Northern Lights Time Lapse From Iowa

This was taken in Wilton on March 17, 2015 by Paul Brooks. Too bad we had clouds increasing through the evening. You can see them blocking some of the sky towards the end of the video. The video runs from sunset to 10 pm.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 19, 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse from Iowa

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This post was written by Schnack on October 23, 2014

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

Forecast Bar

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.

Weather Extra Bar

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