· Tue, Sep 15 09:00 AM +08 (01:00 UTC) China plans the launch of Jilin-1 Gaofen-03-1 from the Yellow Sea in area between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula
· Thu, Sep 17 02:17 PM EDT (18:17 UTC) SpaceX plans the launch of Starlink-13 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
· Fri, Sep 18 12:30 AM EDT (04:30 UTC) United Launch Alliance (ULA) plans the launch of NROL-44 from the Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida
· Tue, Sep 29 10:26 PM EDT (02:26 UTC) Northrop Grumman plans the launch of CRS2 NG-14 (Cygnus, SS Kalpana Chawla) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (Wallops Island) in Virginia
· Tue, Nov 10 11:45 AM PST (19:45 UTC) SpaceX plans the launch of Michael Freilich (Sentinel-6) from the Vandenberg AFB in California
A thin sliver of waning crescent moon cozies up to Venus Monday morning Sep 14.
lunar distance (LD) is the mean distance to the moon ~239k miles. Anything within 1 LD is newsworthy. For more information see NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies
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An area of high pressure sitting over the region sitting over the region will help to give us plenty of sunshine on Tuesday, but once again, the smoke from the western fires will keep that sunshine hazy. It will be quite comfortable on Tuesday with high temperature near to just above the 70 degree mark. Wednesday will become a little warmer with sunshine mixing with some clouds. Highs will be in the lower to middle 70s.
A cold front will approach the area on Thursday with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. This front will not have much moisture to work with and there is just the chance for a shower in spots. Highs on Thursday will be in the lower to middle 70s. This front will push to our south on Friday and there is still the chance for a shower; otherwise, we will have clouds and sunshine on Friday with highs in the 60s.
We’re going to have a very comfortable autumn-like week which is not going to help our drought situation much at all.
Tonight will be clear and it will turn quite cool, if not downright chilly. Lows tonight will be in the 40s. Some of the coldest valley locations will even touch the upper 30s, especially near and north of I-80. A frost advisory is in effect for McKean county, but we can’t rule out a touch of frost in those coldest locations. There will also be some areas of valley fog developing later at night. An area of high pressure sitting over the region sitting over the region will help to give us plenty of sunshine on Tuesday, but once again, the smoke from the western fires will keep that sunshine hazy. It will be quite comfortable on Tuesday with high temperature near to just above the 70 degree mark. Wednesday will become a little warmer with sunshine mixing with some clouds. Highs will be in the lower to middle 70s.
High pressure will be in place to start the week. Monday we will have a mostly sunny sky. Winds on Monday will be from the northwest between five to ten miles an hour. Our high temperatures on Monday will be in the lower to mid 70s. Monday night with a clear sky, and a light wind, temperatures will really drop. Lows Monday night will fall into the lower to mid 40s.
Tuesday looks to be a day we will have sunny conditions with not much cloud coverage. It will start with a cool morning and then by the afternoon with sunshine, we will reach into the upper 60s to lower 70s. Winds on Tuesday will be from the southeast and will be light. Tuesday night we will have a mainly clear sky as temperatures drop into the mid to upper 40s.
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