- How to view it safely (the do's and don'ts
- what to expect if you head north
- The next solar eclipse will pass right over Arkansas in 2024
Thursday, August 17, 2017
He's not just a politician! Rep. Stephen Meeks shares all his thoughts on the upcoming solar eclipse. In this video, we discuss the following...
Posted by Todd Yakoubian on Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
How many of you will be listening to a little Bonnie Tyler over the next couple weeks? Am I showing my age? For those of you who don't know, she sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart" back in the 1980s. Which, by the way, the 1980s was the greatest decade for music. Now that we have that settled, let's talk about the total eclipse of the sun. :)
PARTIAL ECLIPSE OVER ARKANSAS IN MAY 2012
In grade school, I was taught about the "solar sandwich". Of course if you relate anything to food, I pay attention, especially when it comes to sammiches.
The moon will pass between the earth and the sun and it should be spectacular. The only thing making me worry is any cloud cover that day. It's possible given the pattern we're in this August. Even with cloud cover, it won't be entirely disappointing if that happens. With as much as 90% of the sun blocked out, we should see things get dark.
As a certified "weather geek", I can't wait to see how much temperatures drop during the eclipse. I have heard some say as much as 15-20°, but I think that might be a bit extreme. How will winds react with the diminished thermal currents? These are the things I can't wait to examine!
Also, closer to the path of totality, which will be just north of Arkansas, I wonder if street lights turn on? I bet they do! How will birds and animals react? Will they think it's sunset? There are so many interesting dynamics to this eclipse.
Since school will be in session, I hope teachers take this opportunity to get kids excited about science. Make it an all day science lesson and outdoor activity, if weather permits. PLEASE remember, have certified protective solar eclipse glasses. Safety first!
Will you miss this eclipse? Never fear, another will appear. As a matter of fact, a total solar eclipse will pass right over Arkansas in April of 2024.
PARTIAL ECLIPSE OVER ARKANSAS IN MAY 2012
|PARTIAL ECLIPSE IN MAY 2012 FROM JANET ELLEDGE|
Posted by Todd Yakoubian on Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017
It has been awhile since I have blogged and I'm sorry. Not much happens in the summer around here PLUS, I'm spending time with the kiddos.
As for this August, I have more towards the bottom of this post. I have HUGE doubts we hit 100° this summer as we should go into a very unsettled weather pattern next week with plenty of rain chances. For now, onto 2011...
The obvious forecast was for a hot day, but I don't think anyone in their right mind saw what was coming. After all, who forecasts an all-time record high temperature? Some of you know we have the ability to communicate with the NWS through a chat room. It's main use is in times of severe thunderstorms, but I thought I would log in as the heat was getting out of hand. Former NWS meteorologist John Robinson was also logged in at his NWS desk. He kept giving a temperature update every few minutes. For temperatures to get up to 114 degrees, the dew point value must not be elevated. To start the day, those dew point values were crazy high, but started to slowly come down throughout the day most likely due to a process called "mixing". Drier air was mixing down to the surface causing the dew point value to drop significantly. In the chart below, you can see that happening. As the dew point dropped, the temperature soared. I remember seeing John type: 110 degrees, 111 degrees, 112 degrees. I thought we were done and we maxed out, but he kept typing as the temperature rose to an astounding 114 degrees just before 3 PM. With the temperature that high, moisture started to build once again and the heat index sky rocketed up to 120 degrees.
|Misery all over the place that day in 2011|
|An hourly look at that day. We hit 114° shortly before 3PM, but look at that heat index around 4PM when it shot up to almost 120°. That'll leave a mark, Clark.|
|Here are a few charts that day in 2011. Look at the bottom left. That upper level high was parked over us and that's a pressure cooker!|
Posted by Todd Yakoubian on Thursday, August 03, 2017