Beauty from High Above the Heartland

Chances are you haven’t seen a lot of pictures like the one above.  That’s because this atmospheric phenomena is very difficult to see from the ground.  But while many of us were craning our necks to...

IMPACT!

A little bit behind schedule, this afternoon, a coronal mass ejection, or CME, struck the earth’s atmosphere.  It is anticipated that a geomagnetic storm will follow this initial impact over the next...

Could Iowa Get a Special Show in the Skies?

If this picture above looks a little “otherworldly,” you’d be right.  This is a scan on the surface of the sun.  Using specific filters, this is a sunspot that today, ejecting a massive solar flare r...

Sun Delivering More than Heat to Earth

Although things haven’t been stormy down here on earth, they sure are up on the Sun.  Our primary source for heat and light is in a period of active instability, producing large explosions of materia...

Looking for Something in the Sky to Capture

This has been a relatively tranquil severe weather season here in Iowa.  With the summer months now upon us, the “prime time” for tornadoes has come and gone with little fanfare.  Of course severe we...

What a View!

Iowa didn’t get the best seat in the house for Sunday’s solar eclipse, but it still was a pretty good one.  As the sun set, the clouds parted and the moon got into position.  Before the sun...