It's 7 minutes, but well worth it. If you are interested in Cicadas, you'll love this beautifully produced up close look at the 17 year cicada life cycle. I watched the whole thing and couldn't turn away.
Last year, I made a big hubbub on TV and on the internet about the "Supermoon." This year...not so much. Last year's was historically close to earth.
First: what's a supermoon? It's a term used to describe a full moon coinciding with the moon's closest approach to earth during its orbit (perigee).
This evening's full moon will likely be big and gorgeous and will appear larger than average but it's not quite the astonomical event it was last year when the moon was a bit closer to earth (not that you could tell a difference between tonight's full moon and the 'famous' one from last year).
For tonight and tomorrow night, though, the weather should be perfect. The combination of clear skies and super low humidity for May will make this a wonderful evening for Moon-gazing.
"Supermoon" or not, take a few minutes to enjoy the view this evening. I think you'll enjoy it.
The Cicadas are showing up in force now but their appearance in the Greater Richmond area has been sparse at best. I continue to think that eastern Henrico and the Tri-Cities will be left out of the fun.
Here's the latest map of cicada reports from magicicada.org .
I've zoomed in to the Richmond Metro area
Click here to access the map directly (it's zoomable)
Several hurricane season outlooks have surfaced over the past couple of months. Most of these early-season predictions are calling for a more-active than"normal" Atlantic tropical season. It should be noted that NOAA has not issued a public forecast yet, but it will be out quite soon, and I'm guessing it will probably line up pretty much with the other forecasts.
A common characteristic among all of these pre-season outlooks is that they focus on numbers of storms, with best-guesses of how many might become major storms. The reality, that can only be determined after-the-fact, is that there is much room for error, and that sheer numbers don't necessarily portend probabilities of certain land impacts.
Case in point is last season. It was the third most active on record, with 19 named storms. It was also predicted to be a below-normal activity season. Add to that, Sandy, which proved to be one of the most costly and devastating landfalling storms on record. The takeaway is simply this; early-season forecasts are interesting and can give us a general idea of the season ahead, but we should always be prepared for the worst, since one storm that hits land can far overshadow any impact from 10 or 15 storms that stay over water. The numbers in the forecasts can sometimes deceive.
We got our first Cicada pictures into the weather office. PLUS the added bonus of pictures of the holes in the ground. The holes are where the cicadas come from and are typically found at the base of trees.
The pictures are courtesy of Christie Harman from Louisa County.
"I took them yesterday evening when I arrived home.
The ground shot is of one of the areas where my husband caught them emerging from the ground.
My children have always enjoyed hunting for their empty shells left behind, but it was extremely fascinating to find them moving about.
Even this morning at 5 a.m. I could hear them outside making a racket."
Thanks Christie-- looking forward to seeing more of these. And scroll down to the next post for Cicada Information all in one spot.