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Friday severe weather threat

A strong cold front will be moving into the Carolina Friday afternoon. There will be plenty of moisture and heat for this front to feed off of. The only really question is how much of the strong dynamics will be left for severe storms. Read more

Full Lunar Eclipse we won’t see in the Carolina’s.

Saturday mornings full and fast lunar eclipse won’t be visible to people east of the Mississippi river. Sure technically we could see the very start but the moon will be so low on the horizon trees or building will likely block your view. By the time things get good, the moon will be below the horizon and the sun will be coming up. Read more

Snow chances next weekend? Not so fast!

So the social media swirl has started because of a few curious models runs showing snow chances next weekend in the Carolinas. As usual with long range model data, especially in late March it’s mostly bogus. No model is believable this far out, let alone for snow in late March. Read more

Severe Geomagnetic Storm ongoing right now

A coronal mass ejection or CME from the sun is interacting with the earth magnetic field created what is classified as a G4 or severe geomagnetic storm. Too bad it’s dark right now because we would be seeing auroras or northern lights all the way into North Carolina and parts of the south. Hard to say if this will late past sunset but if you have a good view of the northern sky give it a try tonight. Plus if you have some satellite or GPS issues you know why.  More information on space weather http://www.swpc.noaa.gov Read more

Charlotte Astronomy and sky-watcher highlights for the week ahead.

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific

A monster category 5 cyclone is hammering the tiny island nation of Vanuatu. This island nation is in the South Pacific near the east coast of Australia. Most people likely heard about it when a season of Survivor was filmed there. Read more

Resist the urge to plant the tender stuff early

It’s pretty easy to get caught up in our early taste of Spring like weather over this past weekend and the 70s we are going through right now. Even so it’s still only early March and while the grass, trees and even some flowers have already started to show signs of growth. It’s still way too early to think about planting the garden and flowers. That is unless you want to cover them several nights a week for the next month or so. Or if you just want to replace the plants a few times from now until early mid-April.

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Charlotte Astronomy and Sky Watcher Highlights this week. March 8th-14th

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

Charlotte Astronomy and Sky Watcher Highlights in the week ahead.

Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical highlights for Charlotte.

You can connect with Tony right here

Highlights

  • Throughout March Jupiter will be prominent high in the SE sky after sunset and remaining visible almost all night.
  • Venus will also be very bright in the glow of the setting sun.
  • Will also be visible at sunset below Venus. The planets will have more angular distance between them as the week goes on.
  • Saturn will be high in the Southern sky before dawn.
  • Thu Mar 05 13:05:23: full moon

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Cold week ahead but just not as cold!

Our pattern of cold and stormy weather isn’t really going away this week. Even with a nice warm-up we had Sunday. More cold air and more winter storm chances await this final week of February. The only difference this week is we won’t be as cold as last week, but there are at least 2 chances of winter weather ahead in the next 7 days. Though honestly both are right on the border of being nothing or possibly something bigger.  Read more