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February's Hunger Moon

The Moon, just shy of full phase, rises dramatically into the late-afternoon eastern sky Thursday, February 17, at around 5:20 ...

The Valentine's Day Moon and Strong Tides

The Valentine’s Day Moon this year is in waxing gibbous phase, its three-quarter-full shape dominating the southeastern sky at dusk. ...

Jupiter and the Winter Constellations

The Planet Jupiter remains prominent in the southwestern sky after dark in January through February; however, it will be ever ...

San Diego County's Waterfalls

Already swollen with runoff and snowmelt from recent storms, San Diego County's waterfalls should be at their very best during ...

Acacias and Frost-Bitten Laurel Sumacs

Acacias, estooned with myriads of fluffy yellow blossoms, are brightening streetsides, freeway embankments, and backyard gardens throughout the San Diego ...

January's Extreme Tides, High Rainfall, and a Quiet Moon

Highest Monthly Rainfall totals in San Diego are most likely to occur in January and February (about 1.9 inches each ...

Green Flash Opportunities Ripe in January

The Fabled "Green Flash" at sunset or sunrise can sometimes be seen on crystal-clear days in January. At the instant ...

Latest Sunrise of the Year Occurs Monday

Jupiter Joins Venus in the western sky at dusk on Sunday, January 9. The two lie about 10 degrees apart ...

Rainfall Brings Early Growth

Green and Gold are the colors of the coastal region's natural landscape in early 2011. A greater-than-average amount of rain ...

Chilly Days and Nights and the Return of the Waxing Crescent Moon

Recent Chilly Days and Nights only confirm that San Diego's lowest temperatures (according to more than a century of weather ...

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Extreme Tides

Extreme High and Low Tides will occur again in early January. On New Year's day, a peak high tide of ...

Gray Whale Migration

Gray whale migration off San Diego County's coast peaks from now until February. The best view spots from land are ...

Cross-Country Skiing, Christmas Berry, and Tree Aloes

Cross-Country Skiers are in for a short-lived treat late this month through February. As the clouds are clearing, you may ...

Shorebird-Watching

Shorebird-Watching enters its most agreeable season this month and next, with migrant and resident birds sharing common winter grounds. Egrets, ...

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

The Total Lunar Eclipse of December 20-21 is the first such event visible from North America in nearly the past ...

Moon of Long Nights, High and Low Tides

Extreme High and Low Tides are set to occur on a string of days next week, during a period that ...

Eyes on the Sky: Jupiter and the Geminid Meteor Shower

Jupiter, the "king" of the planets, appears high in the southern sky after sunset. Note its creamy yellow-white color and ...

Sunrise, Sunset, Ripening Palm Fruit

Spectacular Sunsets and Sunrises are characteristic of late fall and early winter's dry spells. You can drive up to Soledad ...

Earliest Sunset of the Year

Earliest Sunset. (4:43 p.m. from San Diego) occurs Monday, December 6, a date that is not coincident with the shortest ...

Sweet Gums

Liquidambar Trees, or sweet gums, the colorfully deciduous trees gracing front yards, parks, and campuses throughout the San Diego area, ...

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