Saturday, September 19, 2020
Cloudy ... Breezy ... SUPER HIGH TIDES
It will remain mostly cloudy today. Brisk NE winds will persist today through early next week. This will cause the tides to reach super high water levels through the period with coastal tidal flooding likely during the high tide cycles, both morning and evenings. The tide at Ft Pulaski Saturday morning topped off at 10 feet, which is above the flooding level of 9.8' for US Highway 80 east of the Bull River and lower levels for several other tidal areas. The values could be even higher tonight and tomorrow. These unusual high tides are the results of 3 factors; the new moon, a strong and steady NE fetch of winds over the Atlantic, and Fresh water flowing from the swollen rivers. Also, another factor will add to the issue over the next several days from swells emanating from major hurricane 'Teddy' to the SSE of Bermuda. Temperatures will be pleasant thought with highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s. Beginning Monday, overnight lows will drop into the mid to upper 50s with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s with less clouds and more sunshine during the days and stars during the nights.
See the FORECAST RAIN CHANCES, FORECAST TEMPERATURES the FEELS LIKE TEMPERATURES and the FORECAST CLOUDS & WINDS for your area
There are several areas of activity in the tropics that are being watched. Major hurricane 'Teddy' will graze Bermuda around Sunday and Monday on its trek toward Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Swells from this storm will be affection our coast for the next several days. Tropical storm 'Wilfred' formed yesterday in the eastern Atlantic and appears that this storm will not affect us. Another tropical storm formed off the coast of Portugal and has been given the name 'Alpha', which already moved ashore and has dissipated. Another storm formed yesterday in the western Gulf of Mexico and is known as 'Beta’. This storm is expected to reach hurricane strength and will affect the coast of Texas possibly SW Louisiana. The next names on the list (from the Greek alphabet) will be Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon.
More information can be found on the National Hurricane Center website.
Beach Water Temperatures are in the mid 80s
A complete & comprehensive meteorological discussion is available from the National Weather Service, Charleston and from the NWS, Jacksonville, FL
Heavenly Backyard Astronomy
Warm Summer Nights Under the Sky
5 Planets in 1 Night
A Planetary Roundup from Thursday night (Sept 10). I shot all of these from the Heavenly Backyard Garden using the Celestron 11" EdgeHD Telescope with the Altair Hypercam 294c One-shot-color camera. (The sky was full of humidity along with passing clouds, so not the best resolution features of the planets.) You can see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all at the same time around 11 pm. Uranus and Neptune require the need of a telescope. Missing from this picture is the planet Venus which rises around 4 am and is very bright in the eastern pre-dawn sky.
For more of my astro pics and videos, please visit my astronomy blog at HeavenlyBackyardAstro.com. Click on the image for a larger view.
So, what elese is up in the Nighttime Sky Now? Click Here to Gander at the Autumn Nights Sky
- Patrick Prokop (firstname.lastname@example.org) -