Today is August 31st the end of Meteorological summer. I’ve already heard from many who say, “hey Brad my calendar say Autumn begins September 23rd, what gives?” Well, that is the astronomical beginning of the autumn season. However, in the meteorological and climatological world, summer ends today. So why do meteorological and astronomical end on different days? In short, it is because the astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun, whereas the meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle.
So by now we have all seen the headlines about the strong El Nino that is building. Most people probably aren’t entirely sure what El Nino is let alone what a “Godzilla” El Nino means. (Side not I hate headlines like that). So let’s talk about what El Nino actually is and what it could mean for the upcoming winter here in the Southeast. Read more
We have many meteor showers throughout the year, but here are 2 that I always look forward to the most. They are the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December. These 2 meteor showers tend to produce the highest rate of meteors per hour. These 2 usually produce around 80-120 per hour in very dark spots. I laugh when people pump up other meteor showers that have peaks of 10-20 per hour and occur during an almost full moon. Read more
The saying goes, “Once in a blue moon”, as a way of saying something that is rare or doesn’t happen very often. In this case, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month when we typically only have one. Which is the modern definition of a blue moon. There is an older definition that is kind of weird honesty. Some feel that a true blue moon is the 3rd of 4 full moons in a season. Read more
It’s no shocker that this summer has been really hot so far. Especially when you consider how mild that the past two summers were in Charlotte. Don’t just take my word for it or let your memories decide for you lets look at the hard truth in the numbers. Read more
Well, it doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you this summer has been really hot and really dry so far. So far in Summer 2015 we are on pace for one of the top 5 hottest summers on record in Charlotte. Those records go back 137 years. Read more
I received numerous reports of what people thought was a shooting star or what many knew was something breaking up on re-entry into our atmosphere. It’s clear from the pictures, and some video that I received that it was some piece of either space junk or an old rocket body re-entering the atmosphere. Read more
It’s been hot and it’s been hot early this summer but how rare is this type of heat in Charlotte in June? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Over the past week starting on Sunday, the high temperatures has remained at or above 97°. We have tied or broken 3 record highs and hit 100° for the 1st time since July 8th, 2012. Read more
Thank you to NASA ambassador Tony Rice for providing the weekly Astronomical Highlights for Charlotte.
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- Keep an eye on the western sky at sunset throughout June. Venus is visible below and to the right of Jupiter. Over the coming weeks, Jupiter and Venus will draw closer together each night, until the final evening of June when they will be less than a degree apart.