07/31/2014

ISS Crosses Directly Overhead Early Friday!

The International Space Station (ISS) will be making a pass directly over head early Friday morning.  At a blazing speed of 17,500 mph, it will cross our sky in about 6 minutes total time. 

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You will be able to view it rise over the northwestern horizon at approximately 6:08 AM ET Friday morning.  It will appear as the brightest object in that part of the sky.  The ISS will move quickly towards the southeast and dissappear over the southeastern horizon at approximately 6:14 AM.

Unlike many ISS crossings, this one will take it directly overhead as it will rise to about 88° altitude in the sky at around 6:11 AM ET.  

Sunrise is at 6:45 AM and with only some high, thin clouds above us, viewing should be very good.

Enjoy!

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See an amazing time-lapse video taken from the ISS here.

For information on how to photograph the ISS: http://www.universetoday.com/93588/a-beginners-guide-to-photographing-the-international-space-station-iss/#ixzz2Lll4JR00

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You can track is progress live here on isstracker.com.

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Drought Conditions now occurring in our area!

It's getting dry out there!  

While the Western US remains mired in a SEVERE to EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT, drought conditions are beginning to develop across portions of our area too.

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The US Drought Monitored (Dept. of Agriculture) released it's latest assessment earlier today and placed portions of Kentucky officially under DROUGHT conditions. 

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A good chunk of Southern and Western Kentucky are included in a D1 drought area (in light brown) that includes the Southern Half of Grayson County and Western half of Hart County.  

Elsewhere, there are several areas of ABNORMALLY DRY conditions including much of the southern half of the viewing area and portions of the Louisville metro area.  

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In total, approximately 14% of Kentucky is experiencing drought conditions at this time and nearly 40% of the state is abnormally dry. 

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Unfortunately the drought situation will likely get worse before we see any long-term relief with more dry weather than not forecasted over the next week.  

However, there are a couple rain opportunities on the horizon.   For the latest on when we could see some rain, be sure to join me for WDRB News tonight at 10.

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Video Of The Day: Watch Huge Iceberg Suddenly Collapse!

A couple named Rick and Wanda Stead were taking video of a massive iceberg in the Bay of Exploits, Newfoundland. While the camera was rolling, an iceberg cracked and collapsed into the water right before their eyes! You can see an enormous wave surge out, and the boat speed up to avoid any danger...

 

Video Courtesy: Wanda Stead

 

 

-Rick DeLuca

 

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07/30/2014

NASA Captures Image of a Massive Bloom of Phytoplankton

In the early afternoon on July 26, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color view of a massive bloom of phytoplankton off the coast of Oregon and Washington. The floating, plant-like organisms give the water a milky green color in satellite imagery. 

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Marine phytoplankton require just the right amount of sunlight, dissolved nutrients, and moderate water temperatures—not too hot, not too cold—to make their populations explode into blooms that cover hundreds of square kilometers of the sea. In the Pacific Northwest of North America in the summer, warming land temperatures create favorable winds that blow offshore and push surface waters away from the coast. This causes cooler, nutrient-rich waters to well up from the depths and provide the right conditions for blooms. The phytoplankton can become a rich food source for zooplankton, fish, and other marine species; however, some species can also deplete the water of oxygen and become toxic to marine life.

“Blooms of this type are common during the summer due to the coastal upwelling process,” said Bill Peterson of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, whose team samples the waters off Oregon every two weeks. “What is uncommon is the ability to see so much of the coast in a single image because fog and low-elevation clouds often obscure large-scale views.”

According to Peterson, water samples taken from ships on July 22, 2014, were dominated by diatoms—Dactyliosolen fragilissima, Lepotocylindricus sp, and three species of Thalassiosira—species that “occur commonly in the upwelling zone of the northern California Current.” Researchers counted one million to three million cells per liter of water.

Angelicque White, a marine biologist at Oregon State University, noted that satellites measure sea surface temperatures and fluorescence, a proxy for the amount of sunlight-harvesting chlorophyll in phytoplankton. These data allow researchers to detect upwelling events and blooms and study them over time. White’s group maintains a web site showing these data for the northwest coast.

Note how the abundance of phytoplankton appears to be reduced in the area just offshore from the Columbia River. It is possible that the outflow affected the amount of upwelling and mixing, or it changed the salinity, temperature, or other water properties nearby.

Image and information courtesy NASA

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Video Of The Day: Extremely Shocking Selfie...

This couple decided to take a video selfie after snorkeling in Mexico. It turned out to be the ultimate photobomb as a vivid lightning bolt explodes behind them! Take a look...

 

Video Courtesy: JukinVideo

 

 

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07/29/2014

A Waterspout Grows Into A Monster Then Hits Photographers House While The Video Is Rolling! WOW!

On July 27th, a waterspout formed over water near Orebic, Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. This is a pretty rare waterspout video because it appears to be caused by a supercell t-storm. This means it is a true tornado over water that grows and then hits land as a large tornado. The amazing part is that this monster was caught on video. The video gets really intense at the end and I cannot for the life of me understand why they didn't seek shelter! WOW!

 

 

 

 The sounds in that video are pretty wild! I am just glad they were ok!!!!

 

 

 

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Weather Blog: Tornado Movie Better Than Twister?

From Jude Redfield...

    I AM SOOOOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS....Coming August 8th is a new tornado movie that *MIGHT* rival twister some say? Have you seen this trailer?  Not sure if it can top twister (what a great cast), but the special effects look amazing in this. You know I will be in a line at a theater ready to watch this. Check out the videos below and tell me what you expect.

 

Watch these special effects!!!

 

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07/28/2014

The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks In The Next Two Days! When & Where To Look...

I am a huge fan of meteor showers and I am always excited to tell you of the potential to see meteors shoot across the sky. Tonight and Tuesday night, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak in our area and I want to get you the specifics so you know where to look. Here are the details courtesy of NASA...

 

 

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A Delta Aquarid meteor. Credit: Jimmy Westlake
A Delta Aquarid meteor. Credit: Jimmy Westlake

2014 Delta Aquarids Forecast
This year the Delta Aquarids will peak 28-29 July. This year's peak occurs during a new moon, which means dark skies for optimal viewing. Begin looking for these faint meteors after midnight.

Fast Facts

  • Comet of Origin: Unknown, 96P Machholz (suspected)
  • Radiant: Constellation Aquarius
  • Active: 12 July - 23 Aug. 2014
  • Peak Activity: 28-29 July 2014
  • Peak Activity Meteor Count: Approximately 20 meteors per hour
  • Meteor Velocity: 41 km (25 miles) per second

About the Meteor Shower
The Delta Aquarids are active beginning in mid-July and are visible until late-August. These faint meteors are difficult to spot, and if there is a moon you will not be able to view them. If the moon has set, your best chance to see the Delta Aquarids is when meteor rates rise during the shower's peak at the end of July.

If you are unable to view the Delta Aquarids during their peak, look for them again during the Perseids in August: You will know that you have spotted a Delta Aquarid if the meteor is coming from the direction of the constellation Aquarius -- its radiant will be in the southern part of the sky. The Perseid radiant is in the northern part of the sky.

Viewing Tips
The Delta Aquarids are best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere and southern latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Find an area well away from city or street lights. Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. Lie flat on your back and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. However, looking halfway between the horizon and the zenith, and 45 degrees from the constellation of Aquarius will improve your chances of viewing the Delta Aquarids. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors. Be patient -- the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

Where Do Meteors Come From?
Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. When comets come around the sun, the dust they emit gradually spreads into a dusty trail around their orbits. Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky.

The Comet
The pieces of space debris that interact with our atmosphere to create the Delta Aquarids are suspected to originate from comet 96P/Machholz. This short period comet orbits the sun about once every five years.

Comet Machholz was discovered by Donald Machholz in 1986. Comet Machholz's nucleus is 6.4 km ( about 4 miles) across (this is a little more than half the size of the object hypothesized to have led the demise of the dinosaurs).

The Radiant
Their radiant -- the point in the sky from which the Delta Aquarids appear to come from -- is the constellation Aquarius. The third brightest star within this constellation is called Delta. This star and the constellation is also where we get the name for the shower: Delta Aquarids.

 

The bottom line is this not the best meteor shower of the year and tends to be a bit better for locations south of us, however with a new moon there is no light to obscure viewing. That will not be the case with the infamous Perseid meteor shower late in August, so this may be our best shot of the summer. The Delta Aquarid will peak tonight and Tuesday night, so make your plans now. The weather should cooperate with party cloudy to mostly clear skies within about 2 hours after sunset. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Weather Blog: Flirting With Record Cold

From Jude Redfield...

    As discussed this morning the sunshine would fade and the clouds would win. We are only looking at a 10% shower chance this afternoon. Plenty of bark, but not much bite. We will be close to a record cold high temperatures. We should hit 76 for a high which would be just shy of the record. The record low of 58 will  most likely be tied, if not broken. Amazing to have so many cool snaps in the hottest month of the year.

    While Louisville has a low in the mid-upper 50s, most outlying areas will dip between 48-54. Making it feel like October. The rest of the week delivers only a slight warm up. Our humidity stays relatively low all week as well. Hopefully you aren't a lover of high heat and humidity becuase this is not your week. Try summer lovers aren't happy. Still plenty of summer left, don't worry :) -Jude Redfield-

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07/27/2014

Warning for Adair County expires

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Southern Adair County in Kentucky late Sunday for a storm capable of producing 60 mph winds and quarter sized hail.  The warning has expired.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHWESTERN ADAIR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
  NORTHWESTERN CLINTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
  NORTHERN CUMBERLAND COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
  EASTERN METCALFE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
  SOUTHWESTERN RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...

* UNTIL 805 PM CDT

* AT 736 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHEAST
  OF EDMONTON...AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

  HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
           ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  BURKESVILLE...COFER...TORIA...MARROWBONE...BREEDING...
  SPARKSVILLE...WATERVIEW...GRIDER...CHANCE...FAIRPLAY...BAKERTON...
  AMANDAVILLE...INROAD...BOW...CUNDIFF...CLAYWELL...CROCUS...
  RIBBON...BRYAN AND GREEN GROVE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN
DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH ONE IS NOT
IMMEDIATELY LIKELY...IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE
TO A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT
OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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