Posts Tagged ‘clouds’

Memories of the Sun

Posted: 21 May 2008 in Uncategorized
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I think that Memories of the Sun would be a fitting name for a Pittsburgh blog.  When I was younger, I loved dark, cloudy weather.  I’ve never been a fan of the steel gray overcast that doesn’t change, but it didn’t bother me much.  After experiencing it nearly nonstop for the past few months, it gets to you a bit.  I didn’t fully realize that until I was standing outside today, in the park, with the sun out, and the sky deep blue beside swiftly moving cumulus clouds.  I missed the sun.

My favorite Pittsburgh weather comes at the beginning of autumn, when the temperature begins to drop and the leaves are changing.  It doesn’t seem to rain quite as much then and it can be quite beautiful.

I’ll be travelling south this week, to Oak Island, NC for my sister’s wedding.  The North Kakalakee beach in early summer (which begins in April in the South) should be nice and refreshing.  And just as summer begins there early, spring gets started late here.  It has been less than 60 degrees out for most of the past week.

Suffice it to say, probably no blogging for the next week.


Lunar Eclipse February 20, 2008

Posted: 21 February 2008 in Uncategorized
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Last night was the last total lunar eclipse for two years and it was quite good. Pittsburgh weather cleared long enough for me to snap a couple shots of the unobstructed moon with Regulus (the brightest star in the constellation Leo) bright above it and Saturn even brighter to the bottom left. There was still a light haze that I think made it difficult for me to get the focus right. I was able to capture the rich, red color while the moon was still exposing a sliver of sun-drenched rock. Then the clouds came in earnest and I was getting tired, so I went to bed, missing the full umbra. But at least I got to see some of it this time. Last time there was a lunar eclipse, I was completely out of luck.

Total lunar eclipse from February 20, 2008.  A sliver is still exposed to the sun. (more…)

Beautiful Bolide

Posted: 13 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited my family in Ohio this past weekend. The Perseid meteor shower peaked Sunday night/Monday morning, but the shower was going fairly strong Saturday night/Sunday morning. For the first time since the early 90’s I got a chance to sit out beneath the stars in perfect weather with no moon to watch a meteor shower.



Posted: 10 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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The Perseids meteor shower peaks around August 11-12 every year. This year I’m going to visit my dad and uncle (and their families) in rural Ohio. There is absolutely no light from cities there so this should be a great viewing this year. I’ve only been able to view the Perseids from a remote location once before, sometime in the early 90’s, so I’m looking forward to it. Also, there will be no moon, so viewing will be optimal. Unfortunately, I’ll be viewing them Saturday night and the peak is going to be Sunday night/Monday morning. Right now the weather forecast is extremely favorable, calling for clear conditions. I hope (and pray) that this time the meteorologists get it right.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Cathedral of Learning

Posted: 9 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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There was a big thunderstorm this morning that totally drenched my feet. However, in the darkness I did see something that I thought was quite cool. The Cathedral of Learning at Pitt with its crown shrouded in clouds. Unfortunately my piece of crap cell phone doesn’t do it justice.

Cathedral of Learning in the clouds during a fairly nasty thunderstorm.