As the solar eclipse shadow flew by at 2,100 mph, one observer outside on the roof of the Paramount Theater building by the Civic Association Community Room at 3 PM said, "That was it?"
The Moon covered 80% of the Sun at the peak time of 2:58 PM. It felt a bit cooler and the air looked silvery like the Sun was behind a whisp of a cloud on this mostly cloudless day from 2:00 until 3:30 PM.
Left Photo: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director - South County Road at 2:58 PM during the peak of the eclipse.
Right Photo: Taimy Alvarez / Sun Sentinel - Actual lens filtered image of the moon covering the sun in South Florida..
Another oberservation, less traffic. It's summer in Palm Beach.
NASA Photo: Eclipse Shadow On Earch From the Space Station
Earlier articles from the Civic Association before the eclipse:
Man with Eye Damage from 1962 Eclipse: Don't Make the Same Mistake I Did
As Lou Tomososki and a friend walked home from Marshall High School in Oregon one afternoon in 1962, they gazed up at the sky.
For weeks, everyone had been talking about the partial solar eclipse and the teens wanted to witness it. For a few seconds, they looked at the sun as a sliver of the moon slid over its surface.
While watching, he saw flashes of light, much like he would after having a picture taken with a camera with a flashbulb. He had no idea those flickers would lead to permanent damage.
“We both got burned at the same time,” Tomososki told TODAY. “He got the left eye and I got the right eye.”
BEWARE OF FAKE ECLIPSE GLASSES! THEY MUST BE ISO APPROVED OR YOU COULD GET EYE DAMAGE!
How to Spot Counterfeit Solar Eclipse Glasses (Fortune Magazine)
A tropical disturbance will sweep across Florida and the Bahamas with enhanced downpours and rough surf into the middle of the week.
The feature, dubbed 92L (No. 2 in NWS report below), is a disorganized cluster of showers and thunderstorms located north of Hispaniola. A continued track to the northwest is expected over the next few days.
The chance of 92L becoming the next tropical depression or storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season remains low during the first part of this week.
We are now in the the peak of the Hurricane Season. Most storms occur in late August and in the month of September.
Wind shear is our friend!
Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 AM EDT Mon Aug 21 2017
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
1. A trough of low pressure, associated with the remnants of Harvey,
continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and
thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Some
development of this system is still possible before it reaches
the coast of Belize or the Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday. The
disturbance is forecast to move into the Bay of Campeche early
Wednesday, where environmental conditions are expected to be more
conducive for redevelopment. Regardless of development, locally
heavy rainfall and gusty winds are likely to spread westward across
northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and the Yucatan Peninsula
during the next couple of days. The Air Force reconnaissance
aircraft mission scheduled for today has been canceled.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.
2. 92L is a trough of low pressure located near the southeastern and central
Bahamas is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
Environmental conditions are expected to be unfavorable for
development of this system during the next day or so while it moves
west-northwestward at about 15 mph across the Bahamas. Conditions
could become a little more conducive for development later in the
week when the system is near Florida or the adjacent waters.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.
3. A large area of showers and thunderstorms located about 800 miles
east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is associated with a
surface trough that is interacting with a large upper-level low over
the central Atlantic. Upper-level winds are not conducive for
development of this system while it moves northwestward over the
central Atlantic at 10 to 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent.
Needles, intravenous pouches and vials of blood are a few examples of the medical waste workers for Friends of Palm Beach have been finding recently while combing the beach for trash, which they do every weekday.
Friends of Palm Beach Founder Diane Buhler said the amount of medical waste on the beach has increased since Tropical Storm Emily.
Photos: Diane Buhler, Friends of Palm Beach, Keeping Our Beaches Clean
“Unfortunately, we’re finding them more often now because of the tropical storms that have passed through already,” she said. “They have wreaked their havoc on the islands and the trash on the islands typically are right on the edge of the beach, so it’s washing it into the ocean.”
Diane Buhler, founder of Friends of Palm Beach, is a non-profit made up of volunteers that clean our beaches every week. To donate to the cause, click the link below:
Friends of Palm Beach, Keeping Our Beaches Clean Donate Today!
WPTV - NBC5 [1:53]
Concerns rise about medical waste washing ashore in Palm Beach (Palm Beach Daily News)
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By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communication Director -- The Port of Palm Beach Commission will consider adding a second ship to the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in 2018 at their commission meeting today. The new cruise ship is currently sailing as Costa neoClassica.
According to reports (see link below), port executive director Manuel Almira projects a second vessel would add slightly more than $15m additional revenue over a 10-year period.
The new agreement would commence June 1, 2018, and cover both Grand Celebration and neoClassica. The agreement is contingent on a vessel purchase or charter agreement for the Costa ship. Costa reported the sale of neoClassica earlier this month.
The port estimates the two vessels would carry 765,000 passengers a year, up from 480,000 with one ship.
The Costa Classica underwent a refit in 2014 to join the Costa neoCollection as the Costa neoClassica. She set sail in December 2014 to home port in Port Louis (Mauritius), from January 11 through February 22, 2015 the Costa neoClassica offered four 16-day Indian Ocean cruises. It's currently sailing in the Mediteranian with port calls in Piraeus, Greece and Bari, Italy.
On board are 2 restaurants, 9 bars, 2 swimming pools, and 4 whirlpools. It was announced on August 2, 2017 she will leave the fleet in March 2018.
neoClassica [Proposed to operate out of Port of Palm Beach in 2018]
Tonnage: 52,926 GT
Length: 722 ft (220 m)
Beam: 102 ft (31 m)
Draft: 25.5 ft (7.8 m)
18.5 knots (normal)
20 knots (maximum)
1,308 passengers (normal)
1,680 passengers (maximum)
Grand Celebration [Currently operating out of the Port of Palm Beach]
Tonnage: 47,262 GT
Length: 733 ft. (223.37 m)
Beam: 93 ft (28.20 m)
Draught: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)
Speed: 21.7 knots (40.2 km/h; 25.0 mph)
Capacity: 1,496 passengers
Current cruise ship Grand Clebration coming into Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet between Peanut Island and the Town of Palm Beach shoreline.
Costa neoClassica Ship Leaving Port (2:09)
Costa neoClassica Ship Tour (2:09)
Port of Palm Beach to Consider Adding Second Cruise Ship (Palm Beach Post)
Is Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Getting a New Ship? (Seatrade Cruise News)
The Civic Association has a part-time, freelance position open to support our Long Range Planning Committee: Urban Long Range Plan Research Assistant
Perform a variety of professional-level research work involving the gathering, analysis, and reporting of social, economic, e-government, and urban planning data for use in long range planning; provide information and assistance on planning-related matters to Civic Association Long Range Planning Committee and local government.
Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
Participate in a variety of public meetings by authoring presentations and
recommendations on various aspects of the long range planning program.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Work directly, cooperatively, with C-Level stakeholders in the Civic Association and government.
Principles and practices of long range urban planning, development, and e-government.
Research methods and sources of information related to urban growth,
development, and planning.
Government functions and departments, municipal ordinances and codes.
Upcoming technologies that may be available to residents, businesses, and government.
Must have great Microsoft Office skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with
major course work in urban planning, public or business administration, or a related field.
This is a part-time, freelance, contract job to support the Long Range Planning Committee at the Palm Beach Civic Association in the Town of Palm Beach. This is not an in-office position; but, the candidate should be located in the Palm Beach County area and be familiar with the location.
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In October 2016, 29 Christmas palms were planted along N County Road between Royal Poinciana Way and Park Avenue.
Money for the trees was provided through a donation program managed by the Palm Beach Civic Association and Palm Beach Walks.
The trees are a lovely addition to the street. People love the new Christmas Palms and even have planted Green Island Ficus in the tree pits helping to green the sidewalk even more.
pictures courtesy John David Corey
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