Saturday, June 20, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Vernal Equinox

Spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:48 p.m. EDT.  It’s the earliest equinox in 124 years.

Most years, the spring equinox falls between March 20 and 22. But for those in the United States, not this year. In fact, space.com reports that the March 19 equinox is earlier than any in the past 124 years.

Perhaps the early equinox is fitting in a year during which springlike weather arrived weeks in advance in many parts of Lower 48. The USA National Phenology Network, which tracks the timing of plants, reported that trees were leafing up to three to four weeks early in many parts of the southern and eastern United States due to the mild weather, starting in February.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Friday

So it’s time for the June solstice, when the sun reaches its furthest north point — today at 11:54 a.m. EDT — and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

Here in South Florida that means we’ll have 13:44 hours of daylight, and it also means that the sun will begin to move south relative to our position.  So we’re on our way towards shorter days and hurricane season.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

That’s Hot

As we’re taught in elementary school science class, when it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s summer in the Southern.  So while we’re going through extreme cold in the Midwest, they’re getting extreme heat in Australia.

As a polar vortex hits the U.S. Midwest, the extreme opposite is happening in Australia. The heat wave has parched landscapes, triggered damaging wildfires, pushed demand on the power grid to the brink and toppled significant records, Capital Weather Gang’s Angela Fritz wrote last week.

Temperatures soared to 116 degrees on Thursday in Adelaide, South Australia. That’s the highest temperature for any capital in Australia, according to Fritz. In the southeastern corner of the country, overnight temperatures were as high as 96 degrees — the warmest overnight lows for January anywhere in the world.

Australia’s climate has warmed by about 2 degrees since 1910, leading to more frequent heat waves and severe drought conditions, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Eight of Australia’s top-10 warmest years on record have happened in the past 13 years.

So if the climate-change deniers are having wondering where the global warming is, they need to be aware that yes, indeed, the world is round and that there’s more to the climate than what’s happening in their own home town.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice

Summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:06 a.m. EDT.

That means the daylight will start getting shorter, but for now enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring

Today at 12:15 p.m. EDT is the vernal equinox when spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn arrives in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here’s where the sun and the moon will be at the time.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Short Takes

Investigators begin inspecting EgyptAir black boxes.

Deadly heatwave and wildfires in the Southwest.

Angels block Westboro protestors at Orlando funerals.

U.K. prime minister warns Brits face “existential” choice in Brexit vote.

Trump says he doesn’t need GOP.

The Tigers lost two of three to the Royals this weekend.

Cleveland beat Golden State to win NBA championship.

Summer starts today at 6:34 p.m. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere.