Category: Mark Breen

January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 2, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Winter deepens in thought and deed each January, even though there is a noticeable change in the daylight by month’s end.  Average minimum temperatures are near zero, the temperature at which snow begins to squeal and creek underfoot, and daytimes are most often below freezing as well, making January home… Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Skywatch Almanac is written by Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum. Winter is now stalking the region, sometimes boldly covering the landscape and declaring itself, sometimes haphazardly experimenting with different versions of winter storms and skies.  Should a storm track become established along the East… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The longest nights of the year offer the greatest variety of stars and constellations.  Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper rights leads to the red star Aldebaran, the… Read More
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: October 31, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

November sees a return to Standard Time, (on the 5th), the earlier arrival of evening gives us a parting view of Saturn, inching lower in the southwest, and briefly joined by Mercury after Thanksgiving.  November finds the Milky Way high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while… Read More
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: October 4, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

October nights lengthen, welcoming a great view of the Milky Way arched from southwest to northeast, its subtle beauty anchored by the Summer Triangle in the southwest, and the rising star Capella in the northeast.  The Orionid Meteor shower peaks near the 21st.  Saturn lingers in the southwest through the… Read More
October Weather

October Weather

Posted: October 4, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather

October may encompass the biggest transitions of any month of the year.  Our colorful foliage begins on the trees, and ends on the ground, leaving the hills brownish-grey, only the tamaracks glowing like the last flickering flames of October’s colorful demise.  By the end of the month, the days have… Read More
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 31, 2017| Categories: Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The summer skies, like the weather, are in transition through September.  The Scorpion lowers into the southwest through the month, followed by the Teapot in Sagittarius.  Between them Saturn remains in view, getting lower each evening.  Earlier evenings feature the Big Dipper sinking lower into the northwestern skies, while the… Read More
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 5, 2017| Categories: Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Venus brings a dramatic opening to star-gazing this month, near its highest and brightest in the southwest, accompanied to its upper left by a fading Mars, so wonderfully bright last year.  Jupiter rises just before midnight after mid-month, Saturn climbing out of the twilight, and Mercury making an appearance low… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 4, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather

January is the heart of winter.  It is the coldest and snowiest month on the average, although it does not hold the record for the all-time snowiest month, nor the coldest month.  January’s consistency is its claim, with any thawing rare, and very few instances of a lack of snow. … Read More
What’s What with the Weather?

What’s What with the Weather?

Posted: December 16, 2016| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Weather

Where does snow come from? How to clouds stay up in the sky? How hot is lightning? Those questions and more are answered by Fairbanks Museum meteorologist Mark Breen on the VPR podcast But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids. Kids from all over the world ask questions on this podcast, and Mark… Read More