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Information About The Antares Rocket

October 29th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by under News, Weather

As you may have heard, Orbital is the private company responsible for transporting the supplies to the International Space Station.  The mission was the Commercial Resupply Mission ORB-3.  The launch pad used for this launch (0A) is the only launch pad they have for the Antares rocket.

Pad 0A Diagram

Pad 0A Diagram

Antares Rocket Quick Facts:

  • 139 Feet Tall. (As high as a 14 story building)
  • Weight: 652,000lbs (As heavy as 265 compact cars)
  • 40,300 Gallons of Liquid Oxygen Fuel
  • 21,500 Gallons of Kerosene

Cygnus Spacecraft (Cargo) Quick Facts:

  • 17 Ft Tall
  • Weight: 3,527 lbs  (Similar to a pickup truck)

More information from our newscasts from Tuesday night:

 

In the coming days we will hopefully hear more about what happened to this rocket.

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


Still A “Go” For Launch

October 26th, 2014 at 8:42 am by under Weather

NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility will be launching another Antares rocket towards the International Space Station tomorrow evening. As of their latest update they said the weather has a 98% chance of being favorable for launch. This mission is designed for an ISS resupply and also transportation for more experiments.

Rocket Launch

Rocket Launch Tomorrow

The Antares rocket is scheduled to lift-off no earlier than 6:45pm from pad 0A. We will have clear skies tomorrow evening which will make the launch visible from anywhere in our area.

Launch Map

Launch Map

Due to the curvature of the Earth, there will be a delay on when you can see the rocket launch. Remember, the path of the rocket will be moving in an easterly direction over the Atlantic Ocean. For more info on this launch visit:

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Homepage

 

Happy Viewing!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


A Long Streak Of Sunshine

October 25th, 2014 at 8:41 am by under Weather

For the next four days we are looking at a calm weather pattern and sunshine. Temperatures this morning started cool across Hampton Roads. Franklin was the cold spot with a low of 37 degrees. In Norfolk, the morning low was 58. The reason why there was a big difference was from a breeze coming off of the Chesapeake Bay, that kept Norfolk warmer.

Calm Weather Pattern

Calm Weather Pattern

High pressure will keep our skies clear today, tonight, and for the next several days ahead. Temps will be in the mid to lower 70s tomorrow. On Monday, we will be breezy and cooler with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. After this point, we should see our temps reach 80 degrees!  That fast warm up may help to develop rain late Wednesday and Thursday for our area.

If you want to enjoy the fall colors, the Blue Ridge Parkway route just northwest of Charlottesville is reported to be at or near peak conditions this weekend. That area will see sunshine, so a day trip might be a good idea. The colors may not be as vibrant next weekend.

Current Fall Colors

Current Fall Colors

We should see the trees in our area peak in the next few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


How To Safely Enjoy The Solar Eclipse

October 22nd, 2014 at 5:53 pm by under News, Weather

A partial solar eclipse happens tomorrow (Thursday). Remember, a solar eclipse is when the moon is between the sun and the earth. The moon then casts a shadow on Earth. Since it will be a partial, we will not be in total darkness.

Information

Information

Now, how do you watch a solar eclipse? Well first of all, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN!

  • Pinhole Projection:
    • Make a three-millimeter wide pinhole into a square piece of cardboard or card stock paper. The, with the sun at your back, project the image of the sun onto a piece of white paper. Remember never to look through the pinhole directly at the sun.

  • Use Approved Eclipse Lenses/Filters

  • These lenses have a optical density 5 or greater and are “CE” certified. (You can find these online, or possibly at a nearby science store)

  • Welder’s Glasses work as long as the lens is #14.

    Eclipse Glasses

    Eclipse Glasses

     

  • Sunglasses are not a safe way to view a solar eclipse.
  • Watch the Eclipse Live Here

    More on the eclipse from NASA:

    We should see partly cloudy skies tomorrow afternoon which should give us a chance to see it. Remember, the next solar eclipse doesn’t happen until 2017. Happy Viewing!

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

     


    Colder Air Is Coming

    October 18th, 2014 at 9:03 am by under Weather

    As we enter the second half of October I believe we are going to be seeing cooler temperatures than we did for the first half. Our highs today will be in the mid-70s. Starting tomorrow, for at least a week, we will be having highs in the 60s. That will all start to happen later today.

    Gonzalo Fading Away, Watching A Cold Front

    Gonzalo Fading Away, Watching A Cold Front

    The cold front to our northwest will be moving through today, we will likely see extra cloud cover this afternoon because of the passing front. Temperatures should still be in the 70s this afternoon. Tonight, we will see mostly cloudy skies with temperatures going all the way down to the 40s by tomorrow morning. A few sprinkles are possible.

    Future Trak @ 9pm

    Future Trak @ 9pm

    Our best chance of rain won’t be till after sunset. We could see some light rain across the entire viewing area sometime tonight. The rain and clouds will clear out tomorrow morning. Since we will have strong northwest winds tomorrow, high temperatures will struggle to make it to the mid 60s in the afternoon. We should be sunny tomorrow. Lows will be in the 30s Sunday night.

    Surf Forecast:

    The leftovers of the Gonzalo swell is still giving us plenty of good surf across the area. Wave heights are in the 2-4ft range for Virginia Beach. Bigger waves can still be found across the OBX.

    Surf Report

    Surf Report

    Some of the camera’s that our partners have over on Surfline.com have shown 5-8ft waves early this morning. (Around Rodanthe and Hatteras)

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

     

     


    Warm and Sunny Today; Tracking The Tropics

    October 14th, 2014 at 9:18 am by under Weather

    High temperatures are going to be well above average today thanks to a strong flow of warm and humid air from the southeast. Temperatures will be in the 80s this afternoon. Most of us will be dry today, a isolated pop-up show may develop this afternoon. Rain is expected to arrive tomorrow morning and then again in the afternoon.

    Future Trak Wednesday @8am

    Future Trak Wednesday @ 8am

    Future Trak @ 7pm

    Future Trak @ 7pm

    As the cold front comes through our area late tomorrow afternoon we may see a strong thunderstorms across Hampton Roads. The biggest risk will be for damaging wind gusts. I am expecting for many of our areas to receive around 1 inch of rain. The rain will clear out on Thursday.

    Tropical Update

    Watching Gonzalo

    Watching Gonzalo

    Gonzalo will pass to our east, it will likely hit Bermuda as a Cat 2 or 3 hurricane late on Friday. It will be far enough away from us so we should see sunshine and calm weather. The swell from Gonzalo will make for some great surf later this week and weekend.

    Surf Update

    Surf Update

    Wave heights will be 3-4ft Thursday-Friday. Possibly up to 5ft on Saturday, then going back down on Sunday. We should see offshore winds all weekend.

    Have a good Tuesday!

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

     

     


    Warming Up Today, Possible Afternoon Shower

    October 13th, 2014 at 9:32 am by under Weather

    Today we will see our temperatures warm up to be above average again. Highs are going to climb into the upper 70s this afternoon. (Average: 71 degrees)

    Weather Pattern

    Weather Pattern

    A large trough is in place over the center of the country. This trough will bring severe weather to Tennessee and the Southern States today. As of the morning the center of the low was in Oklahoma.

    Isolated PM Showers today.

    Isolated PM Showers today.

    Since our temperatures are going to warm to the 70s today, an isolated shower is possible from the extra heat and humidity we will have available. These showers will fade away tonight, and tomorrow we should be dry with partly cloudy skies. Rain is still expected to arrive on Wednesday.

    Tropical Update

    Tropical Storm Fay is in the central Atlantic fading away today. Tropical Storm Gonzalo is getting stronger, right now it has 60mph sustained winds.

    Gonzalo Track

    Gonzalo Track

    Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow, and then become a Cat. 2 Hurricane with 110mph winds by Friday. Since we have a large trough and storm complex moving across the USA this week, that storm should help to force this storm on a more easterly track. Models are saying that this storm will stay out to sea, but impact Bermuda by Sunday. We  could see a swell from Gonzalo arrive next weekend.

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

     


    A Cloudy And Cooler Weekend

    October 11th, 2014 at 9:03 am by under Weather

    We will see mostly cloudy skies today and tomorrow across Hampton Roads as a weak cold front moves down to the south.

    Tracking The Colder Air

    Tracking The Colder Air

    Areas in N. Carolina will see highs in the 80s with some sunshine today. This front will help to bring in showers for areas north of the Peninsula this morning and into the early afternoon. After 3pm the rain chances will shift to the Southside and NE N.C.

    Future Trak @ 6pm

    Future Trak @ 6pm

    This afternoon a few thunderstorms may also develop, most of them will just bring periods of heavy rainfall. There is a small risk of one or two becoming stronger later today. The levels of shear and CAPE (Wind Speeds and Energy) are at marginal which could support a supercell or multicell thunderstorm. We will keep an eye out for those later today.

    Tropical Update

    Tropical Storm Fay is still in the central Atlantic ocean.

    Fay's Track

    Fay’s Track

    This storm will stay out to sea. It will bring rain and wind to Bermuda today and tomorrow. We will see a increase in the surf across Hampton Roads starting tomorrow and going into the upcoming week. The waves will peak on Tuesday night and then decrease and clean up on Wednesday.

    Have a great weekend!

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson


    Subtropical Storm Fay Develops

    October 10th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by under Weather

    **As of the 5pm Update, Subtropical Storm Fay has developed**

     

    A subtropical storm is being tracked by the National Hurricane Center in the central Atlantic Ocean. A subtropical storm is a little different than a tropical storm here are a few main reasons:

    1. The main thunderstorm activity is more than 100 miles away from the center of circulation.
    2. The center of circulation is mostly cloud free, versus in a tropical system.
    3. Colder air is wrapped up inside the storm.
    Tropical Satellite

    Tropical Satellite

    This storm is still to the south of Bermuda, and will likely track towards there over the upcoming weekend.

    Tracking The Storm

    Tracking The Storm

    The only thing we’ll see from his storm is a swell of waves coming on Wednesday. Waves at 3-4ft+ is possible by the middle of next week.

    There are a few other areas further upstream from this subtropical storm. We will monitor those over the weekend.

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

     


    A Few Reasons To Look Up This Month

    October 5th, 2014 at 8:50 am by under News, Weather

    We have a chance to see a lunar and a solar eclipse this month.

    Lunar Eclipse Wednesday

    Lunar Eclipse Wednesday

    The full eclipse begins at 6:27am, just before the sunrise after 7am. We won’t be able to see the entire eclipse because the moon will disappear across the horizon. A Solar Eclipse will occur on Oct. 23rd.

    For more watch this from NASA’s JPL:

     

    Happy Viewing!

    Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson