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Venus, Tides, and December Hikes

The Planet Venus blazes like a beacon high in the eastern sky during the early stages of morning twilight in ...

Tarantulas and Ice Crystals

Atmospheric Ice-crystal Effects are often observed, starting about this time of year, because of the frequent appearance of high clouds ...

Rainbow Season

"Rainbow Season" arrives with the first rains of the season. Scattered showers are best for rainbow watching: sunlight refracting and ...

Beaver Moon Tonight

November's Full Moon rises dramatically in the east at around 4:45 p.m., just after the time of sunset, on Sunday, ...

Temperatures, Sunsets, and Fremont Cottonwoods

Low-lying Temperature Inversions commonly occur in San Diego as winter approaches. During the night and morning hours, a meterological condition ...

The Annual Leonid Meteor Shower

The Annual Leonid Meteor Shower, famous for its outbursts over the period 1998-2002, has now settled down to a modest ...

Declining Temps, Santa Anas, and Acorn Dropping

Local Temperatures should be declining most rapidly during this time of year, according to more than a century of local ...

Daylight Savings Time Arrives

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday morning, November 7 at 2 a.m. With the resumption of standard time, midday (the ...

New Moon = Extreme Tides

Extreme Low and High Tides are taking place this weekend, in concert with the new moon. On Friday, November 5, ...

The Taurid Meteor Shower and the Planet Venus

The Taurid Meteor Shower, featuring about 10-15 visible events per hour -- as seen under clear, dark skies -- peaks ...

Floss Silks, Black Oaks, and Autumn Leaves

The Floss Silk Tree, a conspicuous "autumn bloomer" here and there around San Diego, has been showing off its pinkish ...

Blood Moon Tonight

The Full Moon rises majestically in the east at around 5:50pm on Friday, October 22, some 15 minutes before the ...

The Orionid Meteor Shower

One of the year's five best annual showers, the Orionid Meteor Shower, peaks on the morning of Thursday, October 21. ...

Ground Fog, Spider Webs, and Chinese Flame Trees

Dense Ground Fogs are a trademark of the onset of autumn along San Diego's coastal strip. Fog materializes during the ...

Low Tides, a Waxing Crescent Moon, and Jupiter's Satellites

October's Lowest Tides, coinciding with afternoon hours several days in a row, usher in several months of excellent tidepooling opportunities. ...

Smog, Fall Migrant Birds, and Coastal Sage

The Smoggiest Days of the Year are most likely to occur during the next several weeks. Persistent temperature inversions (warmer ...

The Santa Anas Come to San Diego

Late September signals the beginning of Santa Ana winds, which may continue intermittently through the winter. Early Santa Anas are ...

Fall Officially Begins

Fall Officially Begins at 8:09pm local time on Wednesday, September 22 -- a good excuse to throw an impromptu evening ...

Jupiter at Opposition Today

Jupiter, the brilliant, star-like object glowing like a beacon in the eastern sky after nightfall, comes to "opposition" (180° away ...

Sunsets and Thundershowers

The Time of Sunset changes most rapidly this time of the year. This is mainly because the sun is swinging ...

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