Monday Night’s Super Moon to Be the Closest Since 1948

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Astronomers say Monday night’s Super Moon should provide a great opportunity to help get the next generation excited about space exploration. According to NASA, Monday’s full moon will be the closest full moon to the Earth since 1948.
According to NASA scientists, the moon won’t be this close to the Earth again until 2034.

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Many names for the full moon of July

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A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. At this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely lit up by sunlight. This month, the full moon rises to its prime at 6:57 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. However, for some unaided observers, the monthly full moon appears full about a day before and after the actual full moon phase

The moniker Full Buck Moon symbolizes the time of the year when male deer, known as bucks, start to grow their new antlers. While this nickname is most commonly used, it is only one of the many lunar names for this month’s full moon.

July’s full moon has also been called the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon, as July is considered to be the season with the most frequent thunderstorms and the time of year when farmers harvest, bale and stow hay for the upcoming winter.

Full moons generally rise once a month — with the exception of a “Blue Moon,” which appears twice in a month — and the variety of names given to these spectacular lunar events stems from ancient cultures, including Native American tribes living in the northeast U.S., according to The Farmer’s Almanac. In Chinese culture, for example, the full moon of July is referred to as the Hungry Ghost Moon.

More than 1 billion people will be involved in Earth Day

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More than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect the shared environment on Earth Day, April 22. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with elected officials, planting trees and teaching children to protect the planet.

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Largest exhibit of live butterflies in N. Texas now open

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You might think you have arrived in a country far away if you step into the conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens over the next few weeks. Stunning butterflies, approximately 10,000, from North, South and Central America as well as Africa and Asia were released this week inside the glasshouse at the gardens. Continue reading “Largest exhibit of live butterflies in N. Texas now open”

Council confirms Cherry Lane closure imminent

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by A.C. Hall

In a special meeting on Tuesday the White Settlement City Council received an update on the soil contamination in the 2000 block of south Cherry Lane.  Assistant City Manager Jeff James gave the update, first providing some background on this issue.  According to James, the first time this issue was noticed was in 1989 when there was a leak in the underground gas tanks of the gas station on the east side of the Cherry Lane and I30 intersection.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality addressed the problem at that time and installed two well sites that would allow them to monitor the area for future leaks.   Continue reading “Council confirms Cherry Lane closure imminent”

Radar to help spot severe weather earlier

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.
Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

by Ben Posey

The City of Fort Worth was the next location in North Central Texas to add state-of-the-art Collaborative Adapting Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) weather radar to help spot tornadoes and flash floods.  Crews installed a CASA radar this past Friday at 5801 Boat Club Road near Lake Worth. The new radar will provide lifesaving data earlier than radars currently in use. Continue reading “Radar to help spot severe weather earlier”

Lake Worth on the rise after discharge from Eagle Mountain

nspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.
Inspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.

A continued flood threat in the area has the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) keeping a close watch on water levels at Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth. Continue reading “Lake Worth on the rise after discharge from Eagle Mountain”

Solar eclipse seen elsewhere but not here

The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway Friday March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won't be repeated for more than a decade.
The total solar eclipse seen from Svalbard, Norway Friday March 20, 2015. An eclipse is darkening parts of Europe on Friday in a rare solar event that won’t be repeated for more than a decade.

This Friday, a rare total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of Greenland, Europe, and North Africa. Not only is this the only total solar eclipse in 2015, but it’s the last of its kind for another 19 years. Continue reading “Solar eclipse seen elsewhere but not here”

Snow and ice return

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Despite a break in snowfall and freezing rain over the weekend and early into the week, officials with the National Weather Service warn that another wave of winter weather may be headed for North Texas later this week.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth issued a special weather statement early Monday morning for more than 40 counties in the region, warning of potential freezing precipitation starting Wednesday morning and continuing through Thursday. That darned Groundhog…

Gas drilling moratorium lifted in City

Gas drilling in White Settlement. (File Photo Grizzly Detail)
Gas drilling in White Settlement. (File Photo Grizzly Detail)

by A.C. Hall

On Tuesday the White Settlement City Council voted unanimously to repeal the moratorium they placed on gas drilling permits as they approved a new version of the City’s gas drilling ordinance.  Continue reading “Gas drilling moratorium lifted in City”

Cooler temperatures, changing of colors, signs of Fall

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Cooler temperatures mean changing colors and a lot of raking as the leaves on area trees start to drop. Celebrate Arbor Day on Sat., Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Casino Beach Park in Lake Worth. This fall, you can take a tour along the shores of Lake Worth and visit with Master Arborist Wes Culwell as he highlights the many types of trees in the area including some of Lake Worth’s largest specimens.    Photo by Chuck Garrett

 

Area cities, boards file suit against Chesapeake

Chesapeake Energy has wells on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement.
Chesapeake Energy has wells on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement.

by A.C. Hall

Tensions between the City of White Settlement and Chesapeake Energy reached an all time high last week when the City Council voted to deny six new drilling permits to Chesapeake.   Continue reading “Area cities, boards file suit against Chesapeake”

Area foliage begins to change as cooler temps arrive

Photo by Chuck Garrett
Photo by Chuck Garrett

Cooler temperatures mean changing colors and a lot of raking as the leaves on area trees start to drop. This fall, you can take a tour along the shores of Lake Worth with Master Arborist Wes Culwell as he highlights the many types of trees in the area including some of Lake Worth’s largest specimens. For more information or reservations (there is a fee for the tour) you can contact him at 817-246-8197 or wes.culwell@yahoo.com .

 

Solar powered cars pass the pumps heading west

With solar panels on top, this car built by All Saints Episcopal School students can travel up to 35 mph.
With solar panels on top, this car built by All Saints Episcopal School students can travel up to 35 mph.

by Ben Posey

Fourteen solar powered cars have left from Fort Worth and are now making an 8-day trek across the western half of the United States ending in Los Angeles, California as part of the 2013 Winston Solar Challenge.  Continue reading “Solar powered cars pass the pumps heading west”

Drought requirements take effect

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Fort Worth is implementing Stage 1 water restrictions effective Monday, June 3 because of low water supply levels. Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth’s raw water supplier, expects to drop below the 75 percent level of available water supply as of Monday. The current level is 76 percent. Continue reading “Drought requirements take effect”