Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at our chance to see the Geminid meteor shower.

Despite the cold, the Geminid meteor shower in mid-December is one of the best.

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This year, we won't have cooperating skies BUT the meteors can be visible before and after the peak so keep an eye out for activity.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when the shower is expected to produce the most meteors. One meteor per hour is possible when sky conditions are good. The moon is in a waning crescent phase so it is thin and won't be visible until the very early morning hours.

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If you want to try your luck this week and hope clouds will be broken enough, dress warmly and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Best time to view is between midnight and 4 a.m. 

If you want to watch the show without any clouds ... check out the LIVE stream from NASA.

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Irma: Live updates

Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 11:56 PM

Irma Aftermath In Florida

Search and rescue operations continue in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

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Authorities worked to restore communication with the island residents and began work Monday on reopening the single highway that connects the islands to the mainland.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday evening. By Tuesday, it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. At least 17 people have died in the contiguous U.S. 

Power is beginning to be restored in Florida and Georgia.

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Few showers, cooler temps to start the weekend

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

Few showers arrive late Friday.


  • Quiet and cool tonight
  • Increasing clouds, slight chance for showers Friday night
  • Temps to drop back below average for the weekend

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This evening: Mostly clear skies are in the forecast with temperatures dropping back into the 50s.

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Tonight: Skies will be mostly clear. Temperatures will fall back into the middle 40s by morning.

Friday: The day will start with lots of sunshine, however some clouds will arrive in the afternoon. There will be the chance for a few passing showers in the evening and then again later Friday night. Temperatures will reach into the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Expect quite a bit of clouds with a slight chance for a passing shower or sprinkle. It will be breezy and noticably cooler. Highs will top out in the lower 50s.

Sunday: Sunshine returns with temperatures beginning to rebound slowly. There will likely be frost to start the day before temperatures reach back into the middle 50s.

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Monday: Sunny skies are in the forecast with a chance for some patchy morning frost. Afternoon temperatures will climb back into the upper 60s.

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly sunny with warmer temperatures soaring into the middle 70s.

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How to spot the full ‘pink’ moon and Jupiter

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the full moon and when it is close to Jupiter.

Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

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The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said. 

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“The full moon this month is called a ‘pink’ moon not because it will look pink, but because of the spring flowers that bloom this time of year,” Zontini said. “It will be easy to see the full moon this weekend because the sky will stay clear.”

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The moon officially becomes full April 29 at 8:58 p.m.

“Sunday evening you will notice a bright looking star below the moon in the evening hours. Monday evening, April 30, look for the moon after sunset and you will see Jupiter right next to it,” Zontini said.

“You will know it is a planet because it will shine steady and not twinkle like a star.” 

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Patchy fog again possible tonight 

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 7:52 PM

A pleasant finish to the day after a gloomy start.


  • Skies clearing tonight
  • Patchy fog possible late
  • Cooler but dry for the weekend

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This evening:  Skies will continue to clear with temperatures dropping back into the 50s

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

Tonight: Just a few clouds lingering with patchy areas of fog possible late. Temperatures will fall into the lower 40s

Thursday: After some morning fog, expect lots of sunshine and milder temperatures topping out in the middle 60s.

Friday: The day will start with sunshine but clouds will increase late. There is a chance for a passing shower in the evening or at night. Temperatures will reach into the middle 60s.

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Saturday: Skies will be partly cloudy with a cool northerly breeze. High swill top out in the upper 50s.

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Sunday: Sunny skies return with temperatures still running a bit below normal. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Monday: Sunny skies will start the new week and temperatures will warm up to near 70 degrees.

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