It’s Melanoma Monday! A day set aside by the American Academy of Dermatology, to raise awareness of Melanoma, and how to prevent it. The most important thing to keep in mind s that there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan. Sunscreen & sunblock are essential to skin health. The American Academy of Dermatoligists has a great Melonoma awareness page. The Melanoma Foundation of New England is also a great resource. Melanoma survivor Meghan Rothschild (a Pioneer Valley local!) has a great web site, www.survingskin.org. Protect your skin this summer, and all year long!
Whoa! I almost missed this! You can see the International Space Station TONIGHT (Thursday) over western Massachusetts. At 8:06pm look to the West/Northwest. The ISS will cross the sky to the South/Southeast for 4 minutes!!! (Thanks to National Weather Service Boston MA for the heads up!). CLICK HERE for details on when and where to look.
Here are the latest snowfall totals. Thanks for your reports at firstname.lastname@example.org:
16 Acres 4.0″
Turners Falls 8.0″
Forest Park 12″
East Longmeadow 9″
West Springfield 13.5″
Indian Orchard 12″
Here’s a list of our top six snow storms (plus a few other notable storms) for the Springfield area. These measurements were taken at or near Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. Many thanks to our pal, and former Westover ARB Chief Meteorologist, Curt Osgood for providing us the data!
1. 22” 2/28-3/1 1949
2. 20” 2/15-2/16 1958
3. 19.4” 2/5/2001
4. 19” 1/12/2011
5. 18.8 1/7-1/8 1996
6. 17.2″ 3/31-4/1 1997
Blizzard of 1978 (2/6-2/7, 1978) 14.5″
Oct 29-30 2011, snowstorm 12.9″
3/13-3/14 1993, “superstorm” 14.6″
As you can see from the list, it’s pretty tough to get more than 20″ of snow in a single storm in Springfield! This is part of our reasoning to keep our snow forecast generally under 20″.
The Moday late night computer forecast models are brining our little snow storm just a bit closer to western Massachusetts. That means there will be just a little more snow in the forecast for Tuesday:
Give yourself some extra time Tuesday morning. I expect light snow to develop around 7am. This will be occasional LIGHT snow for western Massachusetts. The steadiest light snow will occur in southern Berkshire and Hampden County. There are parts of Franklin County & northern Berkshire that may not see more than flurries. Generally, we are expecting a coating to 1 inch of snow. Some spots in the hills of Hampden and southern Berkshire County may see over an inch of snow. Watch out for slippery spots, especially in the morning. Most of the snow will be over by 5pm. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s.
As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, it first became a national holiday, 149 years ago.
President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation in October, 1863, that set the last Thursday in November, as the date for Thanksgiving.
The new national day of Thanksgiving came as the nation was embroiled in the Civil War. The holiday was seen by its supporters as a unifying force.
It was the Northern states that celebrated Thanksgiving on that fourth Thursday, in November, 1863, just one month after the President’s official declaration of it as a national holiday.
So, I was wasting some time on Facebook earlier today, when an old radio friend of mine reminded me that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend! With all of the Sandy stuff happening, I totally forgot!
We set our clocks back one hour this Sunday at 2am. That gives you an extra hour of sleep (or an extra hour of Saturday night fun!). It takes away an hour of daylight Sunday afternoon. Sunset on Sunday afternoon will be 4:40pm EST. This is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!
We’ll be reminding you all week!
The USGS is reporting a 4.0 magnitude earthquake, centered a few miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, happened at 7:12 Tuesday evening. It was felt through western Massachusetts and as far south as southern Connecticut. Here’s a link to the USGS data page for this earthquake. Enjoy!!!!!
Make sure you take some time tonight to check out the “blue moon”! A blue moon is the second full moon in one month. Our first August full moon (the full Sturgeon moon) was on August 1st!
Serendipitously, this blue moon falls on the day of memorial services for Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.
Our next month with a blue moon is July 2015!
You’ve got another chance to see the International Space Station tonight (Wednesday night) . At 9:45pm, look to the west/southwest. The station will be visible for 6 minutes as it crosses the sky to the northeast. At 11:23pm, the station will be visible for 2 minutes in the northwest sky. For other viewing times this week, click here!