Archive for June, 2010

Backyard Astronomy
June 30, 2010

Thanks to Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society president Dave Grosvold for this week’s blog entry.  You can learn more about their club at www.aoas.org.

Venus closes in on Regulus in the constellation Leo day by day, while Mars closes in on Saturn. The diagonal line of Saturn, Mars, Regulus, and Venus is shrinking every day. The three planets will be very close together low in the west at sunset by early August. A telescope shows Saturn’s Rings a mere 2° from edge-on right now, but the rings will continue to increase their tilt with respect to Earth over the next 15 years.

The waning gibbous Moon rises around midnight on Friday, July 2nd, and about 45 minutes later, Jupiter rises beneath it. Jupiter is slowly working its way back into the evening sky, and should be a bright Evening Star by mid-autumn, while Venus sinks into the glare of the autumn sunset

As night falls this time of year, look for red Arcturus high in the southwest straight above Spica in the constellation Virgo. The kite shape of the rest of the constellation Boötes extends straight up from Arcturus. By the way, Boötes is pronounced “Bo-OH-teez” or “Bo-OH-tiss,” not “BEWT-eez”, as some might assume. Pronunciation of constellation names is open to debate, but there are several accepted pronunciations for most constellations. 

Drew Michaels

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SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT ALEX…
June 30, 2010

Alex is the first hurricane to form in the Atlantic during the month of June since 1995.  The last hurricane to develop in the Atlantic during June was Hurricane Allison.

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (6-30  4AM)

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Rodeo Of The Ozarks Forecast
June 29, 2010

The Rodeo Of The Ozarks begins tomorrow in Springdale. The parade begins at 3pm at the Rodeo grounds and heads toward downtown Springdale. The gate opens at 6pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. The weather will be perfect. Here is a look at the forecast for the first day of the Rodeo.

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WHEN WILL ALEX MAKE LANDFALL?
June 29, 2010

That is the first question that we ask about Tropical Storm Alex.  It looks like Alex will be hitting land late Wednesday or early Thursday morning.  The next question is, how strong will Alex be when he makes landfall?  There is a very good chance that Alex will be strong Category 1 or weak Category 2 hurricane.

Now the next question, where will Alex land?  South Texas will need to be on alert because the latest track for Alex has him hitting land just to the South of Brownsville, Texas.

We will keep a very close eye on Alex, but the latest models are keep him way to our West for the weekend and that means quiet weather for the holiday.  Stay tuned!

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (6-29  8:45AM)

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Rainfall Totals
June 28, 2010

Rainfall totals have varied significantly across the area. From over 4″ to less than 0.20″. Here is a list of some rainfall totals.

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Extra Weather Balloons Requested for Alex
June 28, 2010

Until further notice, the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock will be sending up 4 weather balloons per day, rather than the usual 2 per day. The extra balloons are being sent up at the request of the National Hurricane Center, in support of their forecasts for Tropical Storm Alex.  

Balloons are normally sent up at 6 AM and 6 PM when we are on CDT. The extra balloons will be sent up at 12:30 PM and 12:30 AM.

  

The computer models look to take Alex across Texas, so a direct impact to Arkansas doesn’t look very likely.  There will be a 30% chance for afternoon and evening storms for the 4th of July; however, it’s not looking like plans will be ruined for the 4th.  

Drew Michaels  

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ALEX COULD BE A HURRICANE SOON…
June 28, 2010

Tropical Storm Alex is continuing to gain strength today and by tonight there is a chance he could become a Category 1 Hurricane.  In order to reach Category 1 the sustained wind speeds must be between 74mph and 95mph.  The interesting thing about Alex is that by the time he makes landfall he could be a Category 2 Hurricane.

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (6-28  9AM)

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3:30AM UPDATE
June 28, 2010

The scattered showers and storms will continue for the rest of the morning, especially in SE OK and SW AR.  Nothing severe being detected on the radar, but the heavy rain could lead to a few areas of flash flooding so be on alert for that.  As the cold front sweeps through this afternoon it should slowly clear things out later on today.

BLOG ENTRY BY: PATRICK CRAWFORD (6-28  3:30AM)

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Alex May Head To Arkansas Next Weekend
June 27, 2010

Tropical Depression Alex has now moved through Belize and is back in the gulf of Mexico. New forecasts have Alex developing into a category 1 hurricane within the next 3 days. There is a slim chance Alex could become a category 2 hurricane. The bigger question is where will Alex make a second landfall and where does he move from there. One of our long-range models now has Alex taking a turn to the north and moving right for the Arkansas/Oklahoma border for next weekend. If this were to occur at least 2″ of rain could fall with rain likely through most of Saturday and Sunday. However, there is a large amount of uncertainty of where Alex may end up. Some models even have Alex turning to the south. Here is a look at all of the computer models predicting the future track of Alex. Note that the GFS is the only model that can forecast a week out, hence it is the only model showing the possibility of the storm centered on top of us in the image below.

Ross Ellet

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Scattered Showers And Storms
June 27, 2010

Scattered showers and storms will continue overnight and through part of your Monday. Widespread severe weather is not expected however, heavy rainfall, pea size hail and lots of lightning are possible the strongest storms. A few storms may produce 30 to 40 mph winds as well.

Ross Ellet

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