The day we landed on the Moon

“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind,” Neil Armstrong.

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Weather Headlines

–Increasing shower and t-storm chances with cold front this weekend and Monday.

–Cooler, drier air for next week

Main threats

There are no indications of widespread hazardous weather in sight, though any storm that develops is capable of becoming strong to briefly severe.

Summary

Don’t forget that 50 years ago today we walked on the moon. What a day to celebrate!

Look for increasing coverage of showers and storms this afternoon. Like in the past few days, not all of us will get rain but the ones that do could get some heavy downpours and frequent lightning.

The rain chances increase tomorrow, as the cold front inches closer. Ultimately, Monday looks to be our wettest day of the next seven days. This is due to the actual cold frontal passage coming through that day.

Behind this front, temps and humidity will fall. This will be a nice airmass change from what we’ve been dealing with. Enjoy it! We still have many days of July left and the whole month of August. We’re not finished with hot weather! (ha)

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Launch day weather for the Apollo 11 mission was nearly perfect. They couldn’t have asked for better weather.

The return back was a different story. Had the astronauts stayed on their planned re-entry course, they would have dropped into a fierce tropical storm in the Pacific. A storm of that magnitude would have destroyed their parachutes and led to certain death. Thanks to Captain Henry Brandli of the Hickman Air Force Base in Hawaii, his forecast of this storm was spot on and the astronauts were able to be diverted to another re-entry point at the last minute.

Records

A storm produced nearly two feet of hail in the town of Dickinson, North Dakota on this day in 1953.

July of 1930 was one of the hottest and driest in the US. On this day, Washington DC set an all-time record high of 106 degrees. By the end of July of 1930, several locations in the Southeast would experience highs of 110-115.

Almanac

Yesterday’s record high: 96 (1980)

Yesterday’s record low: 53 (1976)

Today’s record high: 95 (1954)

Today’s record low: 52 (2009)

Today’s sunset: 7:54

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:39

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 16 mins 19 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 14 mins 59 secs

One year ago today

The high temp was 84 degrees, after a morning low of 65. It was a rainy day, as we recorded 1.48 inches of rain.

News

I’m at Camp Nakanawa this morning to help with centennial celebrations! Hundreds of people are expected to gather to celebrate the camp’s 100 years of making a huge difference in young girls’ lives. These ladies come from nearly every state. What an incredible camp and what an incredible milestone!

Don’t forget to consider the importance of this day. It’s a day that forever changed our world and our perception of it. NASA is good at doing that , you know? (ha)

“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited,” Neil Armstrong.

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