Exploring A Winter Wonderland

1/4/15 – I had been tracking a strong storm system on the models for about a week, and the potential for rain, mixed precipitation, and also snow that would come with it. The exact track of the system was still a little iffy through the period, which made forecasting where each precipitation type would fall, and how much of an impact it would have, difficult. The storm started out with some light snow, and then that transitioned to mostly sleet and also some freezing rain early in the morning on 1/3/14. Through the day, the precip type would change to primarily rain here in Greenville, and then go back over to snow by late evening before a lull in the precip occurred. Below are a couple of images which show the mixed precip accumulations in 1/3/15. Overnight and into the morning, more snow fell, and it left the entire landscape completely covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. Every tree branch, every piece of grass, everything was covered. It was … Read More…

Moon Photos: My Best Moon Photo to Date!

Worm Moon

March is the month of the full “Worm Moon”. Other names it is commonly called include the “Storm Moon” or “Sap Moon”. You can read all about the Worm Moon by Clicking Here. See a list of moon names for 2013 by Clicking Here. Last night (3/30/13) I captured the best moon photo I have ever captured. I also captured several others, but this one in particular is my favorite of them all. The moon was very bright, so I was able to shoot with a lower ISO and F stop, and a higher shutter speed to reduce blur. The quality of these images was fantastic. My best set of moon images to date. I used my tripod for this occasion as well. This is turned out to be a successful test for my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS as well. I stretched the zoom thresholds way further than I normally do. The first image is the winner for my best shot ever of the moon. The second was shot at … Read More…

Jet Streams on Jupiter (VIDEO)

This image is from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft showing the general path one of Jupiter’s jet streams. The line of V-shaped chevrons travels west to east just above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The majority of Jupiter is shown here in one single, flat map made on December 11 and 12, 2000, when NASA’s Cassini spacecraft flew past Jupiter, and was just released March 13, 2012. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute We all knew that Earth had Jet Streams, but so does Jupiter. I found a really cool and very detailed article regarding this discovery. I included an excerpt just under the video. Via LiveScience – A new video of Jupiter captures dynamic changes in the planet’s atmosphere caused by an invisible wave rippling one of the gas giant’s fast-moving jet streams. Astronomers used the new movies, which were created using images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, to study these atmospheric interactions on Jupiter and how they compare to similar jet stream motion in Earth’s atmosphere. “This is the first time anyone has … Read More…