SURPRISE ASTEROID FLYBY: With little warning, a relatively large asteroid flew through the Earth-Moon system on April 15th only 192,200 km (0.5 LD) from our planet. 2018 GE3 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey approaching Earth on April 14th. Hours later, amateur astronomer Michael Jäger of Weißenkirchen Austria video-recorded the space rock rushing through the southern constellation Serpens:
“According to wikipedia, 2018 GE3 is the largest known asteroid to pass that close to Earth in observational history,” says Jäger. “It was shining like a 13th magnitude star at the time of my observations.”
Based on the intensity of its reflected sunlight, 2018 GE3 must be 48 to 110 meters wide, according to NASA-JPL. This puts it into the same class as the 60-meter Tunguska impactor that leveled a forest in Siberia in 1908. A more recent point of comparison is the Chelyabinsk meteor–a ~20-meter asteroid that exploded in the atmosphere over Russia on Feb. 15, 2013, shattering windows and toppling onlookers as a fireball brighter than the sun blossomed in the blue morning Ural sky. 2018 GE3 could be 5 to 6 times wider than that object.
If 2018 GE3 had hit Earth, it would have caused regional, not global, damage, and might have disintegrated in the atmosphere before reaching the ground. Nevertheless, it is a significant asteroid, illustrating how even large space rocks can still take us by surprise. 2018 GE3 was found less than a day before before its closest approach.
Based on an observational arc of only 1 day, 2018 GE3 appears to follow an elliptical orbit which stretches from the asteroid belt to deep inside the inner solar system. Every ~2.5 years the space rock crosses the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars–although not necessarily making close approaches to the planets themselves.
Insert from watchers.news: An upper level low west of Kauai and ample deep moisture have worked together to produce record-shattering rains in parts of Hawaii over the weekend. At least two homes were swept away by raging floodwaters and dozens more damaged. The hardest-hit area is between Hanalei and Haena. There are no reports of deaths or injuries at this time.
This is a very impressive record that was broken over the weekend in Hanalei and Haena, Hawaii. Over 27 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period ,shattering a previous record set of 12.52 inches in March of 2012 ,also broke a two day record as well of 24 inches from the same weather event. It has been reported that two homes were completely wiped off of its foundation as dozens of homes have been damaged or flooded. Governor David Ige has declared a state of emergency.
Mudslides have blocked many roads and highways as rods remain close in areas. The island is also dealing with Major flooding plus power and water outages. At least 40 people re staying in shelters at this point in time. Also,The Hanalei River was at 4.49 m (14.76 feet) early Sunday morning, well above the 2.3 m (7.7 foot) flood stage.
This was an honorable mention type story. On April 1st 2018, Indiana broke a snowfall record dating back to 1924 of 2″. Places like West Lafayette and Rossville had as much as 6″ fall while Lebanon,Indiana Received 4″ and 2″ in Indianapolis. Clink the link below for more on the snowfall plus a look ahead for severe weather in Indiana expected today into this evening.
Baby its cold outside!!! BRRRR!!! Temperatures dropped nearly 27 degrees F in Cardston, Canada. This was from a cold front that passed through the southwest province early morning on March 31st 2018 !
Grande Prairie dropped to -30 °C (-22 °F) overnight breaking an 83-year-old record. Pincher Creek hit -21 °C (-5.8 °F), edging an 82-year record, and Red Deer hit -22 °C (-7.6 °F), breaking a record low of -19.4 °C (-2.92 °F) that was set in 1975.
This is insane to see these kind of temperature records being broken in April and as you see, records are almost 90 years old. here is an insert from the article and the link to the article featured here:
A number of weather warnings and special weather statements were issued across the province, including snowfall warnings.
Places like Jasper National Park saw between 15 to 20 cm (5.9 – 7.87 inches) of snowfall from 29 – 31 March, while some local ski hills saw even more.
This marks the 173rd birthday of this snapshot taken by the sun. The photo was taken by Hippolyte Fizeau and Leon Foucault on April 2, 1845. The link below will take you to a very interesting article that talks about the first photo of the sun and many other first time events like photoing the suns corona.
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On July 28 1851 at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photo of a solar eclipse, capturing the Sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona — for the first time. Just a few years later, in 1858, British scientist Warren de la Rue and French astronomer Jules Janssen began taking daily photographic records of sunspots; de la Rue went on to record the whole 11-year solar cycle in almost 3000 images. In 1870 US astronomer Charles A. Young snapped the first image of a solar prominence — a stream of gas reaching out from the Sun’s disk.
Please take some time to review this article to learn about the early history of photographing our sun and documenting its findings:
Welp, Its a good thing that the Easter bunny has fur because he will be traveling through snow from Sunday through Monday. Anywhere from 3-7″ of snow is possible from Oregon to Pennsylvania . Temps will plunge Sunday afternoon through the overnight hours supporting some accumulating snowfall for Sunday into Monday . Stay tuned fro more updates as the first half continues to show snow chances for these areas and more through mid April!
I’m just going to leave this here for everyone to read. Remember how people like Paul Beckwith keeps saying that the ice is thinning at the arctic.. This submarine was designed to break up ice as thick as 2.5 meters.
US nuclear submarine gets stuck in Arctic ice, _deterring the Russians_ – Fort Russ
Robert Felix is another person that we highly recommend. From his website, iceageinfo.now, here is an article that clearly shows that February was cooler in many spots, He is also claiming that we are seeing continental cooling happening right before our eyes. The link is below:
This is an excellent paper on the warming in the upper stratosphere and also the explanation of the decrease and increase in arctic ice. I want to thank David (the star man) for sharing this with me on twitter today. He understands my passion for getting the truth out the best way possible and this report is overloaded with valuable information.
This study goes over 11 year cycles from 1979-2016. It unveils that if SSN ( solar sunspot number) falls below 1.35,the Arctic warming extends from the lower troposphere to high up in the upper stratosphere and vice versa when SSN is above, plus so much more . I’ll leave the link for the paper in the link below for self study as this paper is a lot to take in.
As we reported last night, severe weather has blasted the south with the events beginning in Texas. 80 mph winds were recorded as some trees were taken down. Caldwell and Baker counties were hit with baseball sized hail where it is being reported that homes and cars have been damaged. This severe weather outbreak in the south continues through Tuesday. Check out the link below for the article and video footage of these storms in Texas.