Friday, June 25, 2010

Sky Watchers' Delight this weekend

A mostly hot and humid weekend is heading our way. Thankfully, there will be plenty of things to observe in the Kansas sky that may help to distract you a little bit from the summer sizzle.

The International Space Station will be visible from the Wichita area, with one flyby in the morning and another in the evening on both days.

A lunar eclipse will take place in the western sky Saturday morning before the moon sets.

Thunderstorms are possible Sunday afternoon here in Wichita.

Make sure the digital camera's batteries are all fully charged!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wet & Stormy Weekend Ahead

A front will remain draped across Kansas through the weekend as a slow-moving upper level storm system spins out over the western U.S. With plentiful moisture streaming into Kansas from the south, this means storms are in the forecast across Kansas through the weekend. See graphic below of forecast rainfall totals across Kansas over the next 5 days:



Along with a heavy rain threat, severe weather is possible as well.

This is not the kind of news that will make wheat farmers happy.

I'll see you Saturday morning!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

An After Dinner Treat



This shot from my cell phone simply doesn't do it justice! My family and I had just finished dinner Saturday night and when we walked outside, we were treated to this sight! These are called crepuscular rays and are probably one of better displays of this phenomenon that I have seen. I wish I would have had my regular camera with me!

Eventually, some brief showers did develop a few hours later over the city, dropping some rain and even small hail at our house.