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Today’s Almanac – September 9, 2013

National Park News

The Skies

Sun and Moon Data

To find sun and moon rising and setting times for your park or office, go to the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day webpage.

Night Skies

An update on the moon, planets and night skies for the month of September:

  • Venus – The planet is in the west-southwest just after sunset, the brightest object in the sky.
  • Jupiter – The planet appears among the stars of the constellation Gemini in the morning sky. It rises around 2 a.m. at the beginning of the month and about 30 minutes later with each passing week.
  • Mars – Mars appears in the eastern sky before dawn and is fairly high in the sky by dawn.
  • Saturn – The planet is in the west-southwest, not too far from Venus.

Calendar of celestial events for September:
  • Thursday, 9/12 – First quarter moon.
  • Thursday, 9/19 – Full moon.
  • Sunday, 9/22 – The autumnal equinox occurs at 4:44 p.m. EDT.
  • Thursday, 9/26 – Last quarter moon.

For more information on stars, planets and other night sky phenomena, go to “The Sky This Week” page at the U.S. Naval Observatory page at

The Weather

Watches and Warnings

The principal watches and warnings posted as of early this morning were as follows. Note that these change over the course of a day and that this listing represents only initial daily forecasts. Click on this link for a full-sized map showing these hazards:
  • Red flag warnings – North central Kansas.
  • Excessive heat advisories – Southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
  • Flashflood watches and warnings – Southern Utah and part of Colorado, southern New Mexico, North Dakota, western Minnesota.

For additional information on severe weather, go to the NOAA Storm Prediction Center at .

Tropical Cyclones

The National Hurricane Center is tracking one tropical cyclone:
  • Tropical Storm Humberto – Humberto is off the west coast of Africa and on a track to pass west of the Cape Verde Islands, possibly as a hurricane, by Wednesday.

For additional information on tropical cyclones, go to the National Hurricane Center web page at

In Memoriam

On September 9, 2003, Matthew Engelhardt, 46, a maintenance worker at Lake Roosevelt, died of a heart attack while working at the Fort Spokane group campsites.

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From The Morning Report Archives

Today’s incident from the Morning Report archives:

Glacier NP – Two concession employees were hiking on the Iceberg-Ptarmigan Lake Trail in the Many Glacier area around 11 p.m. on July 31, 1990, when they surprised a bear. The bear attacked and seriously mauled both of them – one suffered bites and lacerations the length of his right leg and bites on the upper right arm, the other received bite wounds on her upper right arm, chest, leg and hip. They were able to hike out and were subsequently hospitalized. The trail was closed while rangers investigated the incident.


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