Reddish Sun and Moon

During the last week we have seen some unique looking sun and moon photos. The reddish color to the sun and moon are due to the wild fires in Canada. The image below shows where some of the fires are and their related smoke from June 28.

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The below information is from Canadian Wildland Fire Information System:

Over the past 5 days fire activity has increased dramatically, with 758 new fires and 381,690 ha of area burned. The majority of the new fires have occurred in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (14%, 29%, and 15% respectively), while the majority of the area burned was in Yukon, Saskatchewan and Parks Canada (14%, 40%, and 16% respectively). Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned are both well above the 10-year average.

Fire danger increased to very high throughout western and northern Canada, while central and eastern Canada remained at moderate or low fire danger. Fire danger in British Columbia is very high. Northern Alberta has very high to extreme fire danger while southern regions are at moderate to low. Fire danger in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan is high to extreme. Manitoba and western Ontario are showing moderate fire danger. Fire danger from eastern Ontario to Atlantic Canada is low to moderate.

Here is a photo from Tuesday as the sun was setting in eastern Iowa.

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(Photo: Al Sundt)

Here is another photo from Rochester, MN Thursday evening as the sun was setting.
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(Photo: KTTC-TV Chief Meteorologist Randy Brock)

The images below show the set up today with a northwest flow aloft taking the smoke from Canada southeast in the upper levels of the atmosphere across the middle of the country.
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We might continue to see the reddish sun and moon for the next couple of days while the northwest flow remains in place and as long as the fires keep burning.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 2, 2015

50s in Perspective

Mar 6 50 Deg

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This post was written by Schnack on March 6, 2015

Winter Begins This Afternoon

The Winter Solstice begins at 5:03 PM and is it known as the shortest day of the year. It is, but not just today. Due to our latitude, the length of daylight is the this short through the 25th. December 26th the days start getting longer.

Dec 21 Daylight

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This post was written by Schnack on December 21, 2014

Old Storm Prediction Center Products Being Retransmitted

We are aware of the problem with old tornado and severe thunderstorm watches being sent out this morning by the Storm Prediction Center. The automated service we use to retransmit that information sent the OLD watch out on Twitter and Facebook this morning.  There are NO watches in effect for eastern Iowa.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on November 12, 2014

Iowa State Fair Weather

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There has been only 2 years when no rain fell during the entire fair…1939 and 1893…1939 and 1893.

Click here for even more weather facts on the Iowa State Fair.

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 8, 2014

Is The Weather Difficult to Predict?

Consider a rotating spherical envelope of a
mixture of gases – occasionally murky and
always somewhat viscous.

          Place it around an astronomical object nearly
8,000 miles in diameter.

          Tilt the whole system back and forth with
respect to its source of heat and light.

          Freeze it at the poles of its axis of rotation
and intensely heat it in the middle.

          Cover most of the surface of the sphere with
a liquid that continually feeds moisture into
the atmosphere.

          Subject the whole to tidal forces induced by
the sun and a captive satellite.

          Then try and predict the conditions of one
small portion of the atmosphere for a period of
one to several days in advance.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 6, 2014

Mayflies Last Sunday

I just can’t imagine what this was like in person. Looking at the photos is bad enough.

Click on the photo for more photos and a radar loop. Yes, the radar picked them up and it looked like light to moderate rain (on the radar that is).

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This post was written by Schnack on July 23, 2014

Bell Ringing

We were out ringing bells for the Salvation Army in Cedar Falls this morning.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 8, 2013

What Early Spring?….High Temp near 20 Tomorrow

Mar 18 Groundhog

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This post was written by Schnack on March 19, 2013

Newspapers and Weather

Here are a few front pages of some news papers today and how they covered the storm. Newspapers always have some interesting headlines for weather stories.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2013