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Who would you root for if you were me?
October 23, 2017

The Struggle is Real…

I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to LA at two years old. I moved back to Albuquerque when I was seven.

I grew up watching the Albuquerque Dukes, who at the time were the AAA farm team for the Dodgers.  I saw many Dodger stars go through the city on their way to Los Angeles and even a few who got sent down for rehab.

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My first job was a sports reporter at the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque which of course now had me covering the Dukes.  I interviewed Tommy Lasorta, Darryl Stawberry, Paul Konerko and Billy Ashley to name a few.

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In 2003 I moved to Houston, Texas.  It was easy to fall in love with the Astros and I now had two favorite teams. I even went to the World Series in 2005.

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In January of 2015 I moved back to LA and have been going to games ever since. This year my son and nephew both caught foul balls and the Dodgers are his favorite team.

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Honestly, I’m planning on rooting for both teams, but I’m sure after a few World Series pitches and a couple of innings my heart will pull for one of the teams but I don’t know who that is yet.

Who do you think that team will be?

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The Social Media Solar Eclipse
April 18, 2017

I’m calling it the Social Media Solar Eclipse. Since the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat the United States hasn’t experienced an event like this … the total eclipse of the sun.

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On Aug. 21 the moon’s shadow will darken a path 35 to 71 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina, blocking out the light from the sun. If you are in this path, it will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  While all of the United States will experience a partial eclipse, which is cool, nothing is like a total eclipse of the sun.

My vacation time got approved and I’ll be traveling with my family to Oregon to experience this incredible event as day turns to night. We’ll be near Salem, where the total eclipse begins at 10:17 a.m. PDT and lasts for 1 minute and 54 seconds.

The last total eclipse of the sun over the United States was in 1979.  It covered the northwestern United States.  I was in school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and my teacher gave our class special glasses to see, what was for us, a partial eclipse of the sun. I can remember the image to this day.  But to find a total solar eclipse that covers this much real estate in the United States you’d have to go back to 1918.  Some are calling the eclipse of 2017 the “Great American Eclipse” because the path of totality sweeps only over the United States and no other country.  That has never happened before.

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Twelve million people live in the path of totality, covering 21 cities. Within 400 miles the number is 174 million — half the population of our country.  For 1 hour and 32 minutes the moon’s shadow will travel the U.S. at three times the speed of sound, 2,400 mph, before moving over the Atlantic Ocean.

The most important thing to know that day, no matter where in the U.S. you live, is to never look directly at the sun. Dangerous UV light will cause severe retinal damage or blindness.  Sunglasses are not safe; you’ll need special glasses to filter out the harmful rays. The lenses are similar to a welder’s shield.  One of the companies that sells these glasses is Rainbow Symphony in Reseda, California.  There are also filters for binoculars and cameras.  If you are in the path of totality you can take off your glasses once the moon completely covers the sun because at that point the moon is your filter.

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Of course the weather is extremely important this day.  Clear skies provide the best view, but a few clouds away from the sun will make for a cool affect, too.  The western half of the United States has the best weather odds, but it’s always important to follow the forecast.  There will be many people in the path of totality with overcast skies missing out on this incredible event.

The total eclipse begins in the United States along the Oregon coast at 10:16 a.m. PDT. While a sight like this would be incredible along the coast, the west coast has the highest odds for a cloudy morning.  Again, if you are near the beach watch the cloud cover forecast closely.

As the moon crosses in front of the sun, the temperature will suddenly drop causing the air to contract, pulling in gusty winds from all directions.  You may notice insects and animals acting strangely as skies grow dark. Clouds darken appearing like a storm is forming and the temperature drops noticeably.  During totality look for these incredible sights:

Eclipse Mosaic March 9, 2016 by Justin Ng – Palu, Indonesia

Baily’s Beads and Diamond Rings – As the last rays of the sunlight stream toward the earth, you may see these on the outer ring of the sun.

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Prominence – This is when hot hydrogen gas rises from the sun’s surface hundreds of thousands of miles into space.  These are best seen with binoculars.

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But the highlight will be the corona, and that only occurs during totality. People who’ve seen the corona of the sun say words cannot describe how breathtaking this experience is.  You’re seeing super-heated plasma at 2 million degrees, forming what can only be described as ghost flares surrounding the sun.

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If you are outside the lines of the moon’s umbra, the complete shadow, you miss the twilight skies and the exquisite views of the sun’s corona. But you will get the penumbra, or partial shadow. It is 6,000 miles in diameter and all of the United States will get a rather large partial eclipse. From Los Angeles to Houston the moon will cover approximately 60%-70% of the sun.

If you miss it, the next total solar eclipse over the United States is Monday, April 8, 2024, the shadow travels from Texas to Maine.

The sun is 864,000 miles in diameter — that’s 400 times larger than the moon. But the moon is also 400 times closer to Earth and, as a result, when their orbital planes intersect the new moon appears to completely blot out the disk of the sun.  The moon’s shadow is the umbra.  On average the total eclipse of the sun from the same spot on the earth happens once every 375 years.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I’ll chronicle the entire event for you.

El Nino & California
January 13, 2016

We are halfway though California’s wet season and in the three wettest months of the year. While we’ve been in an El Nino pattern since March, California doesn’t feel the effects of this climate pattern until late fall and winter.

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The great news is Northern and Central California have been receiving a lot of beneficial rain and snow. In fact, our snowpack is more than double what it was last year at this time.  And some spots will get two more feet of snow in the next two days.  One-hundred percent is considered an “average” amount of snowpack for this date and we are right there. The below image is a comparison of the snow amounts on this date to January of 2014.

Our Northern California reservoirs are key to building up our water supply as these are the largest and provide water for the most people and land.

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So What About Us In Southern California?

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We got our first heavy rain last week and there was quite a bit of burn scar flooding and several mud slides. We are close to reaching our monthly average halfway through the month.

No two El Ninos are the same. In 1983, most of the heavy rain and flooding in Los Angeles came in the month of March. In 1998, six storms brought more than 13 inches of rain in February. On average, we get six storms throughout an entire year.

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If you are wondering how much rain we need to erase the deficit in Southern California, we’ve got a long way to go.

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Our El Nino will end up being the strongest or second strongest on record, and comparing the top five the range in rain amounts is between 20″ and 30″. So, unless we break a record, we’ll still have a deficit, but of course the more rain we get the better.

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As of mid January our current El Nino is tied with 1997/98 and peaking right now.

 

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Last Blood Moon of 2015
September 22, 2015

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A blood red moon seen from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2014

The last of our four blood moons of 2015, or four total lunar eclipses, is this Sunday night, Sept. 27.  Typically there will be two lunar eclipses a year, and they can be partial, penumbral or total. You’ll have to wait more than two years to see the next total eclipse, which will be on Jan. 31, 2018.

To have four total eclipses, or a tetrad, in a row is an extremely rare event but not unprecedented. Between 1600 and 1900, there were no tetrads. What is also unique about this tetrad is all have been and will be seen in the United States.

A total eclipse of the moon is when the moon falls completely into Earth’s shadow. The moon turns red because all of the light from the sun is blocked, and only the color red is reflected to the moon. If you were on the surface of the moon and looked at Earth, you would see every sunrise and sunset around the world on the edge of Earth — and that color would also be red.

It will also be a supermoon or the full moon that is at its closest point to Earth in it’s monthly orbit, also called the perigee.  If you live along the coastline watch for this full moon to bring wide ranging spring tides.  That is, high tides climb extra high and low tides fall exceptionally low.  The next Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse won’t be until 2033. This full moon is also called the Harvest Moon, the moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox.

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On the west coast, the eclipse will occur during moonrise. If the skies are clear, we’ll be able to see the moon turn a blood red early in the evening.

In Los Angeles at 6:07 p.m. Sunday, the moon will begin to move into Earth’s shadow. Because moonrise isn’t until 6:43 p.m., we will not see this.  The total eclipse begins at 7:11 p.m. with the peak at 7:47 p.m. Totality ends at 8:23 p.m., and the moon moves out of Earth’s shadow at 9:27 p.m.  This image shows it well.

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Right now it looks like a great forecast for Southern California with clear skies. If you get a great picture of the Blood Moon, please post it on my Facebook page, or tag @anthonynbcla on Twitter or Instagram and include #NBC4You. Your picture may get on TV.

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This is my all time favorite blood moon picture captured by Mike Mezeul II.  This is his time lapse from the Texas Hill Country.

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This is a really good YouTube video explaining everything about the blood moons the past two years.

You may have heard how the blood moons signal the end of the world or the apocalypse. These total lunar eclipses fall on the same days as the Jewish feasts of Passover in the spring and Sukkoth (Tabernacles) in the fall. This website looks at past blood moons and attempts to make a correlation of bad things to come.

If you’re in Houston, this total eclipse will begin at 9:11 p.m. and end at 10:23 p.m. In Albuquerque, it will begin at 8:11 p.m. and end at 9:23 p.m.

Perseid Meteor Shower
August 10, 2015

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Perseid in 2012, Photo by David Kingham, Wyoming

If you are an early riser or like to stay up really late, this is your week.  Beginning Tuesday morning you may be able to see as many as 50 meteors shooting through the sky.  It’s the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and this year will be good.  One of the key factors is a dark sky and the waning crescent moon doesn’t come up until sunrise, so there will not be any additional light diminishing the view.

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To see the show, you need to be as far away as possible from the city lights.  The Perseids will come into view beginning at midnight and last through 5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and you want to look northeast.  Tracing the paths of the meteors backward, you’ll find that they originate in front of the constellation Perseus.   If you have to pick a day, the best show should be Thursday morning before sunrise. That is the day of the new moon and the sky will be at its darkest.

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It takes your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the night sky, so be patient if you don’t see anything right away.  You should give yourself at least an hour to watch.  Every year at this time our planet crosses the orbital path of the comet Swift-Tuttle.  The debris from this comet slams into our atmosphere at 130,000 mph and burns up creating tails of ionized gas.  What most people don’t know is these meteors are about the size of Grape Nuts cereal, and they are about the same color and texture too (see photo below).  It’s incredible to think that a meteor this bright comes from something this small.  None of these reach Earth’s surface, but sometimes a broken off piece of an asteroid will hit the Earth.  When that happens it is called a meteorite.

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BP MS-150 Forecast
April 18, 2013

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More than 13,000 cyclists will ride from Houston to Austin this weekend.  Here is your hour by hour forecast for temperatures, winds and humidity.  Click image to see the forecast.

Smoke in Houston
September 8, 2011

Smoke in Houston this morning from the fires in Magnolia. North to Northeast winds around 5mph moved the smoke along the 59 freeway. Similar to fog, the smoke hugged the ground with the cool temperatures. The smoke will rise as the temperatures warm. (Warm air rises). But if you suffer from asthma or are sensitive to poor air quality stay inside. Ozone watch in effect mostly likely thought the weekend.

Click image to view other photos sent in to hotshots@click2houston.com

Southeast Texas Wildfires
September 6, 2011

Photo by: Kriss Parker, Near Columbus

She says it looks like the devils face.

Photo by: John Feigal, Bastrop

4th of July & Blue Bell
June 30, 2011

What does Independence Day mean to you?  Blue Bell Ice Cream is again offering 26 free half-gallons of ice cream to use as you’d like.  Great for that Fourth of July party you have planned.  Simply tell me what Independence Day means to you and you could be the winner.  Respond here or send me an email at anthony@kprc.com.  It’s just that easy. 

BP MS 150 Forecast
April 15, 2011

I know you are looking forward to the chilly mornings with mostly tail winds throughout your ride.  Click image to watch your BP MS 150 forecast:

The Young Scientists Club
June 2, 2010

 

Another giveaway this Wednesday. If you are riding out any storm, you want to make sure the kids have something to do. The Magic School Bus is one option. Leave a comment if want one and one person will win one of the boxes.  To get more information on the Young Scientists Club click here:

www.kidsciencekits.com