Month: July 2018

Blood Moon July 27th, 2018 -- not for the US

As you can see from the Visibility Map, the eclipse will not be visible from the US.  My calculations have it occurring at 4 pm CST, during daylight.  Which will render the lunar eclipse invisible. Additionally, we, in the US, are on the wrong side of the Earth - the Moon will be on the other side.) Sorry.  However, there are many news outlets that will cover the eclipse from the east.  Start looking for coverage around 1 pm.  Your mileage may vary.

The "Blood" color is from the umbral glow of the Earth:  The eclipsed Moon reflects the ambient light from the Earth.  This can be seen during virtually all lunar eclipses if there is a clear night.

Enjoy!  This should be a "stellar" event, with Mars in close proximity to the Moon.

Visibility Map for Total Lunar Eclipse, July 27th, 2018 from
XEphem view of the Eclipse showing the proximity of Mars and the Moon.

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New Data Feed In Decoding Process - Reactivation Soon to Follow

Before I start, I've got to say that programming the site with internal tremors is really interesting.  My goal is to produce more legitimate code than bugs.  My fingers will either put two (or more) of the same letter, the letters in a word out of order or just type stuff that doesn't make any sense.  This new endeavor is going to be interesting.

Due to a recent redesign of Unisys Weather Data the format of data retrieval is fairly different than before.  Using the old site, you could drill down to the core data directly.  With the new Unisys site, there will be a two- or three- stage process to retrieve the data.  Examining the code of their site, I can understand why they did what they did.

They are assigning tokens to the data as opposed to hard directories.  This allows them to store the data in in server separate from the web-server.... Exactly what I am doing.

The process will require the following steps:

  1. Scrape the six ocean's main pages
  2. Process to find new/old storms
  3. Scrape the storm pages to obtain token pointing to data
  4. Scrape storm data
  5. Process data in to maps, graphs, etc.

Before, I could go directly to #4.

I'm hoping to get this done withing the next days.  Then, the site will be tested and back into service!

Thanks for reading,

Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot

Jay C. Theriot can usually be found as “Jazzy_J” on the IRC Channel #GlobalWeather on –> see: irc://  You will need an IRC Client such as HexChat to connect.

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