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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

Charlotte space and sky watcher highlights for the week

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

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

Weekend Storm Threat?

As if this week hasn’t been crazy enough with an ice storm then record cold. Now we have another system to watch Friday night into Saturday. The good news is this doesn’t appear to be a huge storm for us but because of the very cold air in place today and tomorrow. It may not take much winter precipitation to cause slick roads.  Read more

Winters Revenge: Coldest air of the season coming.

Most would say this winter so far has been a mild. It has been compared to the average but only slightly warmer than last year. It has though been snow and ice-free so far. Well the pattern heading our way this weekend will be making up for lost time. Read more

Charlotte space and sky watcher highlights for the next week.

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

You can connect with Tony right here Read more

The Best Ways to Celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day

In case you haven’t heard today in National Weather Person’s Day in the United States. There is some good history to how thisJeffriesJohnThm started all thanks to the man pictured right John Jeffries. Today celebrates his birthday in 1744. Read more

Moon Halos or Rings

Tonight’s full snow moon named for the full moon in February is casting a nice 22° halo over Charlotte. These halos or rings around the moon are not very rare at all but often when people see them for the first time they are amazed. They form through a pretty simple process thanks to high cirrus clouds at around 20-30,000 feet. Cirrus clouds by their nature are made up of tiny ice crystals or super cooled water droplets. When these particles form hexagonal shaped ice crystals then we are in business.

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Late Weekend storm sets the stage for cold and stormy weather next week.

The winds have been howling all day. They are slowing calming down tonight which will make for a cold dry start to the weekend. Sunday the clouds increase and as a storm system heads our way. This storm is mainly just a cold rain, but it could help to set up a pattern that could be conducive for winter weather next week. Now there is not a specific storm I would say is going to produce winter weather but the pattern is favorable for our neck of the woods. Read more

Does it have to snow in Atlanta for it to snow in Charlotte? No!

Ever since I have been in Charlotte now 12 years and counting. I’ve always heard this saying, “If it doesn’t snow in Atlanta it’s not going to snow in Charlotte”. It was kind of an odd thing, even though the first several snow storms I experienced in 2002 and 2003 didn’t cause snow in Atlanta. Ever since then I have been keeping tallies of the myth/folklore and can understand how this started and why it may be true at times but more often than not it just doesn’t work out that way. Read more

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