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 March 3, 2007

Lunar Eclipse Photos

Here are some pictures of tonight's Lunar Eclipse from Jake Gontesky of Tognanoxie.




Posted by kshb-admin at March 3, 2007 8:50 PM


Nice pictures. Got to see it here too. I am not so sure I like the new web design. There are some things I do like but I don't like not being able to access the other weather links from the blog.



I'm glad you enjoyed the eclipse. Someday I'm going to travel to where a total solar eclipse occurs. I looked ahead and there are no total or near total solar eclipses really anywhere in the U.S. in the next 50 years(another blogger just mentioned 2017 as a date that a total solar eclipse occur or is near to KC).

Thanks for the website feedback. There will be improvements made in the upcoming days and weeks based on suggestions.


Posted by: Jeri Correll at March 4, 2007 11:37 AM

Yes there are! There are two. One on August 21, 2017 and one on April 8, 2024.
Here is a map of all total solar eclipses through 2025.





I stand corrected. My memory is bad and I will use your listed site from now on. In 2017 let's hope for a clear day in KC!! I saw an eclipse in Minnesota(I think 1995) that was about 40% coverage of the sun. That was enough to make it a little darker outside. I was in high school and we used welding masks to look at the sun. Two things I recommend seing during a lifetime is a total solar eclipse and the northern lights.


Posted by: David, Lenexa at March 4, 2007 3:47 PM

Guys, Just a couple of suggestions for the site. If you had quick links to the forecast, and radar that would be great. In addition allow folks to set their home location so when they go to the blog they can look at current conditions.



Great ideas. Gary will look at all the suggestions passed along.


Posted by: Brian at March 4, 2007 4:12 PM

That looks a lot like what I saw. I caught a glimpse of the eclipse near the horizon as I was leaving work yesterday and it more or less "followed me home" -- kept popping up in my rear-view mirror and showing up as I would turn a corner, that kind of thing. Truly, the universe is full of natural beauty and awe-inspiring wonders. I'm glad we were fortunate enough to see one.

On the subject of the new web design, I quite like it. I'm a graphic designer myself, and everything seems nicely organized. Please pass along to your creative team that they may consider adding javascripted drop-down menus to the tabs along to top for easier access (fewer clicks) to various parts of the site, as well as a link to the Action Weather Blog in the "Action Weather" portion of the site. But those are just minor suggestions.

Thanks again for the eclipse pics! Those are awesome!



The eclipse was awesome! The weather worked out perfectly, I'm glad you were able to check it out.

We'll make sure to pass along your suggestions. Thanks!


Posted by: Evan at March 4, 2007 4:18 PM

Weather Team,

Just some friendly thoughts on the new web design: The new web layout is not very user friendly. I know the weather team doesn't have much to do with this, but just thought I would add my two cents worth. It's much harder now to find the weather blog link. Is there a quick link from the weather page? I couldn't find one. I had to go through the blogs link under the main tabs. Small thing in the grand scheme of life. However, I think your webmaster designed the new look and forgot how important this blog is to viewers.



Thank you for your thoughts. All of the bloggers suggestions will be addressed this week.


Posted by: Brad at March 4, 2007 4:35 PM

Just had a couple of thoughts on the new website. Is there a way to update the format of the blog. It is really kind of weird looking after the rest of the site was updated. Quicker access to the blog, which has been mentioned already, would be nice. Finally, there is almost to mush on every page. It seems to cluttered to me. I don't know if you can change that though.

By the way, I saw the Northern Lights in 2000 from an airplane. That was a really cool sight! I've also seen a couple partial solar eclipses.




Great ideas...I think some slight changes will be made this week.


Posted by: David, Lenexa at March 4, 2007 5:03 PM

Hi, I saw the solar eclipse in the east last night it was cool. I also think that a quicker site to the blog would be nice. And I think that when you click on the blog another window pops up like it is its own site. anyway I like the new weather page and all the new things on it.



Thanks for the input. We'll discuss the changes this week.


Posted by: Brent at March 4, 2007 5:57 PM

Funny how many different opinions there are about this new design. Much like weather, we all are looking at the same thing, and intepret it different. Also having been a web engineer, I agree that the nbcactionnews.com domain is well designed. The blogs.scripps.com domain looks like it was designed by a third grader. This is where the work needs to happen. Something about these changes drain my creative desire to blog. Dunno..I am sure it will get better again.

Thanks for the input. GREAT STUFF! I agree. The blog did not need to change at all. I am working on this and will get it at least back to what it was within a few days!


Posted by: Scott at March 4, 2007 9:47 PM

Great Job with the pet telethon Gary... I called in and did my part. You looked so tired tonight on the news. Hope you get rid of that cough you have had and get some well deserved rest this week.

Again Great job with the telethon and congrats on smashing the old record!!!

Thanks for watching! The pet telethon went well and they raised almost $125,000. Not much rest for me this week.


Posted by: joe at March 4, 2007 10:24 PM

Congratulations on the Pet Telathon! 124,000 dollars raised, good job!!:)
I hope your cough gets better though.
It looks like winter is fading away fast, and spring is trying to move in, the 00Z GFS didn't look to impressive to me in terms of storms. I guess it is time to think to what the spring will do. And yes I did like the old blog format much better, had more structure to it, but I know you are doing your best!!
thanks for your time.
Nick in (calm, cool) St. Joe!

Posted by: Nick Rau at March 4, 2007 10:39 PM

Question that might help myself and others. First..do you look at the 850s to do your temps for the surface forecasts? If so, what formula do you use to get surface temps? I have read several ways to do it, but was curious to yours. Also, explain heights and what they measure.


You can take the 850 temperature down dry adiabatically to the surface. Or, you can find the true level to take it down from on the sounding.

But, why did we have the best forecast for Sunday's high? Because we don't use any formula. We just forecast the weather. Other meteorologists look at too many things!


Posted by: Scott at March 4, 2007 10:52 PM


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