Total Eclipse of the Heart and Tracking Alberto
Monday, May 21st, 2012
Thanks to Jason Parkin from Iowa for the picture below who was able to see the partial solar eclipse on Sunday. The full eclipse was seen in the southwestern part of the U.S.
Thanks to the National Weather Service from the Midland, TX for sharing this on their Facebook page (taken by Greg Jackson). This is what the full eclipse looked like in west Texas.
Thanks to the National Weather Service out of San Angelo, Texas for sharing this link on their Facebook page:
Here is a different view of the eclipse. This loop is a view of the shadow cast by the “moon, as seen from one of our weather satellites. The dark area moving from the top left of the image is the moon’s shadow moving over the Earth. unfortunately, the sun set before we could see it here in West Central Texas. — at Space.”
Fun Facts About Solar Eclipse
- The longest duration for a total solar eclipse is 7.5 minutes.
- A total solar eclipse is not noticable until the Sun is more than 90 percent covered by the Moon. At 99 percent coverage, daytime lighting resembles local twilight.
- Eclipse shadows travel at 1,100 miles per hour at the equator and up to 5,000 miles per hour near the poles.
Satellite of Tropical Storm Alberto
Tropical Storm Alberto becomes our first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season and it isn’t even the official start to the Atlantic Hurricane Season yet… (June 1st-November 30th).
This is a neat shot from the AQUA/MODIS satellite
Alberto Forecast Track
Some of the rain from Alberto or Alberto’s remnants may make it into the Eastern Seaboard through mid-week, note how most of the moisture should stay just off shore. The heavier rain in the east is associated with a slower moving front that will help to push Alberto a little farther east.
Another ridge of high pressure will bubble up in the Southwest allowing some intense heat to settle in once again. The National Weather Service has EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS & HEAT ADVISORIES for locations highlighted below. Temperatures could soar into the 105° to 115° range!
Forecast Highs Today
Severe Threat Today
The severe threat again today looks quite low. There might be strong to severe storms popping up in the small pockets you see in orange, but nothing looks significant.
Wild and Crazy
Have you ever seen one of these things? It’s called a Luna Moth… Thanks to the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, NY for this picture. I guess the night crew spotted this large moth overnight. Look at it closely, notice how it looks like a leaf! Well suited for his/her environment…
Thanks for checking in on this Monday, have a great rest of the week.
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