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By: clearlakemike, 9:01 PM GMT on October 25, 2005
Space Weather News for Oct. 24, 2005
HERE COMES MARS: Mark your calendar: On Oct. 30th, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth for the next 13 years. The view of Mars through backyard telescopes is already spectacular and getting better. Amateur astronomers are monitoring a big dust storm that is "rewriting the map of Mars" from night to night. You can see Mars with the unaided eye, too. It looks like a brilliant orange star rising in the east after sunset. Visit http://spaceweather.com for pictures and sky maps.
QUIET SUN: Solar activity is extremely low. X-rays from the sun have dimmed to their lowest levels since 1997. The ongoing quiet follows a furious outburst of flares and coronal mass ejections just last month, highlighting the unpredictability of the sun on month-to-month time scales. The 11-year solar cycle seems to be on track, however. The current spate of quiet is consistent with the approach of solar minimum expected in 2006.
By: clearlakemike, 4:45 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
Just caught Lucia Newman's hurricane report from Havana, Cuba on CNN. Incredible video of HUGE waves crashing over the seawall on the Malecon Drive area of downtown Havana. The water is rushing in about 7 city blocks in some parts. One wave they showed crashing in sprayed up over an apartment building that looked like it was 6 or 7 stories tall. Check it out, they will probably repeat it over and over during the day.
Just saw Dr. Jeff's portrait shot and his blog featured on CNN's Situation Room. They also displayed several WUG photographer's photos. The one that stuck in my mind, because I saw it earlier in the day and it was an interesting photo, is following. Also, heard that the giant waves hitting the Havana coast were measured at 45 feet, pretty incredible.
Updated: 9:19 PM GMT on October 24, 2005
By: clearlakemike, 2:43 PM GMT on October 04, 2005
The nights are getting noticeably cooler and much clearer even along the coast. The seasonal fog of the summer months is giving way to more sun and warmer daytime temperatures along the ocean and the inland valleys are getting cooler during the day.
This is a beautiful time of year in Northern California when the summer microclimates start to diminish and the temperatures and weather starts to become more consistant from the ocean to the inland areas.
Clear horizons on the ocean to watch the sunsets once again and clearer night time skies to see more stars, planets and constellations. Away from the city lights you can really see the bands of the Milky Way.
Cool crisp night air to watch the celestial show and a nice roaring fire in the fireplace to come back to warm cold hands. Beautiful sunny warm days again to go out on the beaches and enjoy a nice long walk with canine companions. The dogs seem to be enjoying the salty air once again too.
Some of my Northern Cal aquaintances here on WUG enjoy the foggy coastal summers but I tend to exile myself inland away from the gloom and prefer the inland sun and heat. It is nice to return to the coast again and watch the beautiful sunsets out on the ocean.