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"Threatening Skies yesterday afternoon"
"Mostly Sunny, Windy With Colder Temps For Harford Co. MD.
Weather Summary For Last 24 Hrs: Clouds early then becoming Partly Cloudy later in the morning. A Gust Front moved thru near 1 pm. blackening the skies, high Wind Gusts, Intervals of brief Sprinkles over a 4 minute period and a 30 second Snow Flurry. Precip was only a Trace at best. Skies became Partly Cloudy again with increasing winds. The High Temperature reached 47.7°F at 1:00 pm then fell slowly after the front moved thru.The barometric pressure was very low all day, bottoming out at 996.5 mb/29.43 in....Daytime Peak Wind Gust..NNW @ 30 mph at 1:08 pm. Skies became Partly Cloudy by mid afternoon then Mostly Clear after sunset.. Low Temp overnight: 26.9°F 5:52 am.
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Other Current Conditions as of: UTC: 1300Z UTC - 4 Hrs: 0800Z EDT: 8:00am
Sky: Mostly Clear....Cloud Base Height: 3295 ft.....Altimeter: 1004.7 mb▲...Solar Rad: 69 W/m2..... Vapor Pressure: 0.09......Air Density: -917.90...,,Pressure Altitude: 911.44 ft.... Current Ground Surface Temp: 30°F.....Leaf Wetness: 0.....Current Wind Chill Value: 24°F.....Precip Since 12 am: 0.00"
Soil Data: 6 Inch Depth 24 Inch Depth 36 Inch Depth
Soil Temp: 35°F 38°F 40°F
Soil Moisture: 6 Centibars 10 Centibars 22 Centibars
Davis Precipitation Last 24 Hrs: 12 am to 12 am
CoCoRaHS Precipitation Last 24 Hrs: 7 am to 7 am
Precipitation Total: January February 2017 YTD Total:
Davis Gauge: 3.53" 0.94" 4.47"
CoCo Gauge: 3.46" 0.92" 4.38"
# of Precip Days: 20 6
Current Total Snow/Ice Depth: 0.0"
2016 YTD Total:
Davis Gauge: 49.90"
CoCo Gauge: 49.60"
NWS and SVObservatory WXSIM Forecasts For NW Harford County. MD:
NWS forecast: Isolated snow showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%..
WXSIM forecast: Isolated Snow Showers or Flurries possible..Otherwise Sun with some Clouds and Windy.. Daytime High around 36°F...Winds: NW....Increasing to 8 to 17 mph with Gusts to 30 mph possible.
NWS forecast: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
WXSIM forecast: Mostly Clear to Clear Skies. Low around 20°F... Winds...WNW..3 to 10 mph. Gusts to 20 mph possible.
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Today's Overall Allergen Forecast Score: NA
Tonight - February 16-18, 2017
Moon and Jupiter in the Southwest before dawn..... Venus reaches GIE on the 17th....
Much going on this week. Find the Moon and Jupiter late night or before dawn to the Southwest...they will be the 2 brightest objects in the sky with the Star Spica close by. Venus, the brightest body in the sky other than the Moon will have set hours prior.
Venus reaches its GIE or greatest illuminated extent, where it is at or near its greatest brilliancy in Earth’s evening sky.
Greatest illuminated extent means the day side or illuminated side of Venus, is covering more square area of Earth’s sky than at any other time during this current evening apparition of Venus. And that means that Venus is brighter around now than at any other time during its approximate 9.6-month reign in the evening sky.
Venus is actually at its brightest or highest magnitude on February 18, about one and one-third days after reaching its greatest illuminated extent. Why not on the same day? In a nutshell, its because of calculating the many changing quantities which include, distance, angular extent and phase angle or relativity of the angle of Earth, Sun and Venus to each other.
You might think Venus appears most brilliant when we see its disk as most fully illuminated from Earth. Not so. If you were to observe Venus with the telescope at its greatest illuminated extent, you’d see that Venus’ disk is only a touch more than one-quarter illuminated by sunshine.
A full Venus is always on the far side of the sun from us, so its disk size at full phase is always small.
It’s only when we see Venus as a crescent that this world comes close enough to us to exhibit its greatest illuminated extent, at which time its daytime side covers the greatest area of sky.
The time of greatest illuminated extent for Venus – for Earth as a whole – is 07:00 UTC. Converting the clock time in U.S. time zones, Venus is at its greatest illuminated extent on February 17, at 2 a.m. EST, 1 a.m. CST, 12 midnight MST and at 11 p.m. PST (on February 16).
No matter where you live on Earth, Venus appears in your western evening sky after sunset.
Don't forget little Mars..it is still above Venus in the west after sunset. Lots to watch for in the evening sky.
Meteor Count Avg. Per Hr. Last Night: 2...Cloud Sensor detected a few passing clouds.....
Fireball Count: 0
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