Today’s Almanac – Friday, February 1, 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 31, 1990, Grand Canyon maintenance worker William Holland, 57, died of a heart attack while walking from his snowmobile to a trailhead sign on the North Kaibab Trail.
Click here for a full list of on-duty deaths.
From The Morning Report Archives
Today’s incident from the Morning Report archives:
Yosemite NP – The body of a 21-year-old English visitor was found at the bottom of a cliff near Mirror Lake and the base of Half Dome on April 7, 1989. Investigation revealed that he’d arrived in the park with a tour group that morning and that he’d rented a bicycle, ridden it to the Mirror Lake area, then gone hiking on the Mirror Lake loop trail. He evidently attempted to solo climb the cliff bands below Half Dome and fell to his death. No climbing equipment was found in the area where his body was found.