Today’s Almanac – Friday, January 18, 2013
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 for One Day webpage.
An update on the moon, planets and night skies for the next few weeks. Visible planets during the period:
Calendar of upcoming celestial events:
For more information on stars, planets and other night sky phenomena, go to “The Sky This Week” page at the U.S. Naval Observatory page at http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/tours-events/sky-this-week
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:
For additional information on severe weather, go to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/ .
On January 17, 1994, Bob Mahn, a subdistrict ranger at Yellowstone, was killed while on backcountry patrol when his snowmobile went off road while and down a 70 foot embankment during whiteout conditions. Click here for a full list of on-duty deaths.
From The Morning Report Archives
Today’s incident from the Morning Report archives:
Grand Canyon NP – A moderate earthquake shook the area just before 6 p.m. on March 5th and was followed by an aftershock of approximately the same strength nine hours later. Neither caused any damage or injuries. The epicenter of the quakes, which registered 4.0 and 3.9, respectively, on the Richter scale, was near Grand Canyon Village.