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By: LowerCal, 10:09 PM GMT op 07 april 2015
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This blog entry's primary but not entire focus will be on lower (& upper) California weather - specifically the 4 year (as of April 2015) and ongoing drought. Updates will appear in the comments.
Excellent links relevant to spaceflight and astronomy appear below in this entry. I have not updated these links in a while so if you find a link doesn't function or if you have a candidate for addition to these links...
Updated: 8:57 PM GMT op 17 augustus 2016
By: LowerCal, 8:05 PM GMT op 03 juli 2012
CURRENT PLANETS and brilliant stars in early July. Directions and times are for the northern subtropics and vary somewhat for other latitudes.
• Bright & golden Mercury is close to the western horizon at dusk, sets WNW after dark.
• Bright & orange Mars is SW at dusk, sets west near midnight.
• Bright & yellowish Saturn is SSW at dusk, sets west after midnight and is
accompanied very closely b...
Updated: 9:25 PM GMT op 11 januari 2015
By: LowerCal, 10:40 PM GMT op 26 februari 2012
CURRENT MOONmoon phasesCURRENT PLANETS and brilliant stars in early July. Directions and times are for the northern subtropics and vary somewhat for other latitudes.• Bright & golden Mercury is close to the western horizon at dusk, sets WNW after dark.• Bright & orange Mars is SW at dusk, sets west near midnight.• Bright & yellowish Saturn is SSW at dusk, sets west after midnight and isaccompanied very closely by the bright and blueish star Spica.• Very bri...
Updated: 12:31 AM GMT op 03 juli 2012
By: LowerCal, 10:19 PM GMT op 15 augustus 2011
On the east side of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is a circular area of low clouds rotating counterclockwise. High clouds above it are moving clockwise. Deep convection is bursting near the center.UPDATE: A satellite loop of the system described is in comment 1. Similar systems continue to appear. Below I've added self updating satellite images and surface maps of the area.I'll add loops of similar systems that I see to the comments. Currently there are...
Updated: 2:21 AM GMT op 25 februari 2012
By: LowerCal, 10:39 PM GMT op 20 juni 2011
CURRENT MOONmoon phasesScroll past the links below to find special events for current and future dates.Scroll farther to find past events.***** Links *****Today - SpaceWeather.comalso EarthSky,Astronomy Picture of the Day,Lunar Photo of the Day,365 Days of Astronomy& Bad Astronomy | Discover MagazineThis Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glancealso Jack Horkheimer - Star Gazer, Current ScriptsThis Month - SkyandTelescope.com - Sky Tour Podcasts also ...
Updated: 2:55 AM GMT op 12 augustus 2011
Updated: 7:45 AM PST op 17 januari 2017