posted on May, 4 2009 @ 08:54 PM
Jupiter and Neptune - Jupiter rises a few hours before sunrise. By the end of the month, the king of the planets peaks above the horizon a little
after midnight. Other than Venus, it is the brightest “star” in the morning sky at magnitude -2.2 to -2.4. Due to Jupiter’s location in the
southern constellation of Capricornus , it never gets very high this year.
Astronomical Events in May:
This might explain the "gold star" in the South, being that Jupiter reflects an orange-to-gold color.
As for the Boulder EWS tests, there IS a fairly high probability that there could be some sort of flooding this year, due to high-altitude
precipitation levels, and the Boulder Municipal Emergency Services are trying to be as ready as possible. Many people aren't aware, but much of the
city of Boulder actually is in a floodplain. It doesn't flood very often, but we are well overdue (by 15 years now) for our 100-year-flood. Depending
on where you live, the flood may be more or less severe. Our most immediate danger areas are around the Canyon-Arapahoe area where flash flooding can
occur, which is the problem we're most concerned about.
Map of the Boulder Max Floodplain (multiple flooding levels):
History of floods in Boulder:
Military aircraft from the CO and surrounding National Guard units have been flying training sorties near the area with the intent to be prepared for
the possibility of having to airlift food, medical, and engineering supplies as well as perform medical evacuation duties. If you can see the tail
number (There should be a two-letter code in reference to the state, and then a series of numbers below), type it in on google as "Tail Number (state
code)-(number)" IN QUOTES. Usually the Air Force and Air National Guard keep pretty good references available as far as the homebase and operations
listings for their aircraft. It's likely they would be from either Buckley ANG base southeast of Denver, or Peterson AFB, which shares runways with
Colorado Springs' main civilian airport.
Hope this helps!