15480 Empire Rd. Benson, AZ 85602 hm ph: 520-586-2244 If you're willing and/or able, afterall, most of us are still working stiffs, going to bed early and getting up early seems to work (sometimes!) for me. However, like most of us, I suffer from "the mind is willing, but the body is weak" syndrome. I don't know how many times I went to bed early intending to get up a few hours later, but just turned off the alarm, rolled over, and continued to sleep, kicking myself in the morning for not getting up to enjoy the early morning clear skies especially when good weather has been at such a premium. I am lucky in that I have magnitude 6+ skies in my backyard and can just walk out the door and set up my telescope without the big packing and unpacking efforts that are needed when you go observing at some remote site. Hopefully the weather will have settled down next weekend for our upcoming C-Row Star Party that most of you have heard about. In fact, Steve Coe has already set up his motorhome at coordinator Keith Mullen's house, the site of the event. See the Huachuca Astronomy Club's website: www.HACAstronomy.com for more information. Hope to see you there! Clear skies, Wayne (aka Mr. Galaxy) President, Huachuca Astronomy Club ---------- Original Message ---------- From: billferris@xxxxxxx To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Clouds: Pick Your Poison Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 19:13:12 -0400 Flagstaff got its typical two-week stretch of clear,Â summer weatherÂ during the first half of May. Then the clouds and rain came. The last half of May featuredÂ typical monsoonal activity; clear in the morning, followed by increasing cloudiness and afternoon thundestorms. June hasn't seen as much rain but the clouds and cool weather have been constant. In all but name only, the summer monsoon started almost a month ago. Bill in Flag -----Original Message----- From: tpolakis@xxxxxxx <tpolakis@xxxxxxx> To: AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 3:42 pm Subject: [AZ-Observing] Clouds: Pick Your Poison This afternoon's forecast discussion for the extended period (early next eek) says: "BOTH THE GFS AND ECMWF INDICATE THE MONSOON HIGH...CURRENTLY OVER CENTRAL EXAS...MAY BEGIN PUSHING NORTHWARD...TRYING TO FIND ITS USUAL SUMMER HOME PWARDS THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. LOTS COULD HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THEN...BUT SHOULD THE HIGH TAKE SUCH A OSITION...THE RESULT WOULD BE A MORE MOIST SOUTHERLY FLOW...POSSIBLY PENING THE GATES FOR THE ARIZONA SUMMER CONVECTIVE SEASON TO GET UNDER WAY. HOWEVER...SHOULD THE WEST COAST LOW CUT OFF FURTHER EAST OVER AZ...OR EMAIN AN OPEN WAVE ALONG THE WEST COAST...WE WOULD EXPECT CONTINUED BELOW ORMAL TEMPS...BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS OUT WEST...AND PERIODS OF AINLY HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS RIGHT /IN OTHER WORDS...MORE OF THE SAME" o the chances of the typically clearest month in Arizona being clear at ll are looking slim. We may proceed from Spring high cloudiness into ummer monsoon humid ity without a break. If it's any consolation, the past eek centered on Full Moon has been cloudy. Tom -------------------------------------------------------------------- ail2web LIVE â?? Free email based on MicrosoftÂ® Exchange technology - ttp://link.mail2web.com/LIVE - ee message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please end personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. ____________________________________________________________ Hit it out of the park with a new bat. Click now! http://thirdpartyoffers.juno.com/TGL2141/fc/BLSrjpTNfqHgLavXctQPQbUCa16biVIyu9zCkHyUAEhCMhDEr7NGdIVKALW/ -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.