Sun and Moon Data
To find sun and moon rising and setting times for your park or office, go to the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Complete Sun and Moon Data web page.
For information on stars, planets and other night sky phenomena, go to the U.S. Naval Observatory page above and click on “The Sky This Week.”
Rain will fall in much of the East, with snow from the Great Lakes to New England.
Watches and Warnings
The principal watches and warnings posted as of early this morning were as follows. Note that these change over the course of a day and represent only initial daily forecasts. Click on this link for a full-sized map showing these hazards:
- Red flag warnings – Much of Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.
- Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories – Mountain areas in the Northwest, Montana and California, parts of Minnesota and Michigan.
- High wind warnings and advisories – Areas in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, California, Montana and Wyoming.
- Flood and flashflood watches, warnings and advisories – Areas in Washington, Oregon and California, and in Missouri, east Texas and the lower Mississippi River region.
For additional information on severe weather, go to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/ .
This Day in NPS History
Including a date commemorated in a national park, a remembrance of an employee who died while on duty, and an incident from the Morning Report from 25 years ago.
In The Parks
On March 30, 1975, former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter opened his presidential campaign headquarters in the railroad depot in his home town of Plains, Georgia. The depot is now part of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Click here for other park anniversary dates.
There were no NPS line of duty deaths on this date. Click here for a full list of on-duty deaths.
From The Morning Report Archives
The 25th anniversary of the National Park Service Morning Report is being commemorated with incident reports from as close to 25 years ago as possible:
Yellowstone NP – The horses pulling the concessioner-operated stagecoach from Roosevelt Camp bolted for unknown reasons while near Tower Junction on July 4, 1987, and the stage slowly rolled over. There were three wranglers and 19 passengers on board. Of these, a dozen were taken to the hospital – four were released without treatment, five were treated, and three were held overnight with injuries that were not deemed to be serious.
A Closing Observation
Today’s observation was made environmental writer Donald Snow:
"We want to keep our American wilds, quite simply, because we are among the last industrial people who have had sustained contact with the kind of land we now call wilderness; it has been among us and within us, sometimes dominating our puny attempts at civilization, for as long as we have agreed to make a nation together. Love it, hate it, or ignore it, wilderness is in our American soul, and we are loath to give it up, or see it become so diminished, so vestigial, that it ceases to be what it has always been to us - those cussed, godforsaken, dangerous patches of outback full of things that can kill us. Carry water and use your wits."
Click here for a copy of “Quotes,” an NPS publication put out on the Service’s 50th anniversary in 1966, which contains many of these observations.