Sam Champion, who has been at ABC since 2006, will be the new face of The Weather Channel.
Beloved weatherman Sam Champion is leaving “Good Morning America” for the Weather Channel, ABC News announced Monday.
The weatherman, who joined “GMA” in 2006, will be the new face of the Weather Channel.
“Sam is already one of the top names in morning television, as well as one of the country’s most respected and trusted weather reporters,” said David Clark, President of The Weather Channel, in a press release this morning . “He will add a great deal to our network and be a great addition to our already proven and stellar team of talented weather professionals. With his commitment to understanding, predicting, and explaining the power of weather in our lives, Sam perfectly embodies The Weather Channel’s brand philosophy, ‘It’s Amazing Out There.’”
Champion himself added, “Robin, George, Lara and Josh are the best friends and colleagues you could hope for. I’ll always cherish the two and a half decades at ABC.”
ABC News president Ben Sherwood sent this memo to staffers on Monday morning (via HuffPo):
I’m writing with important news:
Our friend and colleague Sam Champion is leaving ABC News for a new opportunity at the Weather Channel. He will become the on-air face of the network, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor. Sam calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity.
For 25 years, Sam has been a vital member of the ABC News family — joining powerhouse station WABC in 1988 and GMA in 2006.
Over the years at GMA, Sam has broadcast more than 1,800 weather forecasts. He has traveled to almost every major weather event in the U.S. As many of you know, Sam’s “Go” bag is always ready and his stellar reporting during Superstorm Sandy contributed to ABC’s Peabody Award for coverage of that historic storm.
Sam has broadcast live from a raft floating between polar icebergs, danced the salsa on “Despierta America” and interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and chefs. On his show “Sea Rescue,” viewers have shared Sam’s passion for marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release.
While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News. As you know, Ginger always rushes straight toward the eye of any storm and weaves cutting-edge science with human emotion to elevate our coverage.
GMA will celebrate Sam’s last day on Wednesday’s program. While he is leaving ABC News, he will always be a part of our family.
Please join me in thanking Sam for his friendship and countless contributions to our news division. And let’s all wish him the very best and say so long for now.
NASA and the U.S. military will launch a record payload of 29 satellites from a Virginia spaceport Tuesday night (Nov. 19) on a mission that could create a spectacular sight for skywatchers along the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.
The U.S. Air Force launch will send an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 rocket into orbit from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va., sometime during a two-hour launch window that opens Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 Nov. 20 GMT).
The nighttime launch could light up the sky for millions of observers along a wide swath of the Eastern Seaboard, and could be visible from just northeastern Canada and Maine to Florida, and from as far inland as Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, depending on local weather conditions, according to NASA and Orbital Sciences visibility maps.
Visibility maps from Orbital Sciences shows the likely ranges of visibility for Tuesday night’s launch, including details on how high in the sky it will appear and how many seconds will elapse before the rocket first becomes visible above the horizon.
The four-stage Minotaur 1 rocket will be launched on a southeast trajectory and should be visible, depending on cloud cover and one’s viewing location, from northern Maine and southern Quebec province to coastal Georgia. It may also be seen as far west as eastern Kentucky. The Stage 3 cutoff will take place at a distance of approximately 300 miles (482 km) downrange from Wallops Island. That works out to a potential viewing radius of up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
It should look like a light in the sky similar to a very bright star shining with a yellow-white tinge. It may also seem that the rocket dips back to Earth as it moves farther away from the observer — just as a ship appears to sink as it moves out to sea — but actually the rocket is going higher, faster and farther from populated areas.
The key to making a sighting is to have a clear, unobstructed view of the horizon in the direction of Wallops Island. For example, a viewer in Raleigh, N.C., should look toward the northeast; in Providence, R.I., you should face southwest; in Pittsburgh, Pa., it’ll be in the southeast.
Click here to watch Mission Control in action and see the live lift off!
This weekend was supposed to be the “supermoon” – the kind that makes you want to bark at it. Coupongy correspondents scattered across the country were ready with their camera phones and reported in. Ready to howl?
The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye.
On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a distance of 221,824 miles (356,991 kilometers). Now the moon typically reaches perigee once each month (and on some occasions twice), with their respective distances to Earth varying by 3 percent.
But Sunday’s lunar perigee will be the moon’s closest to Earth of 2013. And 32 minutes later, the moon will officially turn full. The close timing of the moon’s perigee and its full phase are what will bring about the biggest full moon of the year, a celestial event popularly defined by some as a “supermoon.”
You can watch a free webcast of 2013 supermoon full moon on SPACE.com on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24), courtesy of the skywatching website Slooh Space Camera. [Amazing Supermoon Photos of 2012].
While the exact time of the full moon theoretically lasts just a moment, that moment is imperceptible to casual observers. The moon will appear full a couple of days before and after the actual full moon most will speak of seeing the nearly full moon as “full”: the shaded strip is so narrow, and changing in apparent width so slowly, that it is hard for the naked eye to tell in a casual glance whether it’s present or on which side it is.
During Sunday’s supermoon, the moon will appear about 12.2 percent larger than it will look on Jan. 16, 2014, when it will be farthest from the Earth during its apogee.
Supermoon’s big tides
In addition, the near coincidence of Sunday’s full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides. The highest tides will not, however, coincide with the perigee moon but will actually lag by up to a couple of days depending on the specific coastal location. [The Moon Revealed: 10 Surprising Facts]
For example, for New York City, high water (6.3 feet or 1.9 meters) at The Battery comes at 8:58 p.m. EDT on Sunday, or more than 12 hours after perigee. From Cape Fear, N.C., the highest tide (6.5 feet or 1.9 m) will be attained at 9:06 p.m. EDT on Monday, while at Boston Harbor a peak tide height of 12.3 feet (3.7 m) comes at 12:48 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, almost 2 days after the time of perigee.
Any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly aggravate coastal flooding problems. Such an extreme tide is known as a perigean spring tide, the word spring being derived from the German springen, meaningto “spring up,” and is not — as is often mistaken — a reference to the spring season.
Spring tides occur when the moon is either at full or new phase. At these times the moon and sun form a line with the Earth, so their tidal effects add together (the sun exerts a little less than half the tidal force of the moon.) “Neap tides,” on the other hand, occur when the moon is at first and last quarter and works at cross-purposes with the sun. At these times tides are week.
Tidal force varies as the inverse cube of an object’s distance. We have already noted that this month the moon is 12.2 percent closer at perigee than at apogee. Therefore it will exert 42 percent more tidal force at this full moon compared to the spring tides for the full moon that will coincide with apogee next January.
Huge moon at moonrise
Usually the variation of the moon’s distance is not readily apparent to observers viewing the moon directly.
Or is it?
When the perigee moon lies close to the horizon it can appear absolutely enormous. That is when the famous “moon illusion” combines with reality to produce a truly stunning view. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging moon looks incredibly large when hovering near to trees, buildings and other foreground objects. The fact that the moon will be much closer than usual this weekend will only serve to amplify this strange effect.
So a perigee moon, either rising in the east at sunset or dropping down in the west at sunrise might seem to make the moon appear so close that it almost appears that you could touch it. You can check this out for yourself by first noting the times for moonrise and moonset for your area by going to this website of moonrise times by the U.S. Navy Oceanography Portal.
….and I crack myself up just saying that. How many times in your life can you say “I tweeted NASA tonight” ????
My list of Top 10 Coolest Things I ever did just got altered a bit. Tonight, I watched the count down to a rocket launch on my iPad, and as soon it lifted off, I ran outside with my trusty cell phone camera because I only had 120 seconds to catch it as it zoomed by my house! I knew it had lifted off from seeing it on NASA TV (yes, really), and I knew that it had left Virginia because the Coupongy Correspondent in Herndon, Virginia texted a resounding “Holy Crap” as it flew by her!
Click here to listen to the T-1:30 countdown! Don’t blink during the 10 second countdown, or you will miss it. I had no idea something that big could move that fast!
This is what the control center looked like right after liftoff. It made me feel so insignificant.
And, this is what it looked like to the lens on my iPhone. Even more insignificant.
It’s there, I swear. This is what it looked like…..
I found this picture on Yahoo – it’s exactly what it looked like to me tonight.
The sudden postponement of a rocket launch in Virginia on Tuesday night gives New Jerseyans a second chance to see the craft makes its way towards space tonight.
Tuesday night’s launch was postponed 15 minutes before liftoff due to insufficient time to cool the instruments on the payload down to the required temperatures before launch according to NASA.
The launch is scheduled for between 11:00 a.m. and midnight tonight for the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRIment (CIBER) tonight between 11 p.m. and midnight from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on a Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket according to NASA. Southern & central counties in New Jersey will be able to see the rocket head into space in the eastern sky120 seconds after launch.
There is a window to launch until June 10.
CIBER will allow scientists to study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.
The launch can be watched via live video stream here starting at 10 p.m . I watched this last night so I would know exactly when to go outside with my camera. It was fascinating.
The Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRIment (CIBER) will launch tonight between 11 p.m. and midnight from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on a Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket according to NASA. Southern & central counties in New Jersey will be able to see the rocket head into space 120 seconds after launch.
CIBER will allow scientists to study when the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe and how brightly they burned their nuclear fuel.
The launch can be watched via live video stream starting at 10 p.m . Click here to watch.
Or, go outside and watch it, and take a picture or video, and send it to me so I can share it with everyone. I will be outside watching. Hopefully, it won’t be a big no-show like The Northern Lights were a few weeks ago.
The feature film, “REMORSE” is looking for volunteer extras for the project.
These are non-union extras.
The film will be shooting in the Hatboro PA area May 28, 2013 through June 20, 2013.
All ages (over age 18) and all types are needed. You will only be needed for 1 (or maybe 2) days of shooting within that time frame.
If you can help out this project, please email to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include a snapshot of yourself, and have your name and phone number in the body of the email. You MUST have a CAR to get to this location! Please do not submit unless you have a car and can get to HATBORO, PA.
JACKSON — The state’s largest seasonable employer is hiring.
Six Flags Great Adventure canceled its Feb. 9 job fair because of the rain, snow, and general mess created by Mother Nature.
The company, however, has not given up on the event.
Applicants interested in filling one of the park’s 4,000 positions for the 2013 season can attend the Feb. 16 job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before attending, applicants must visit www.sixflagsjobs.com to complete an online application.
Officials with Six Flags said the company is offering many positions and paid internships, and provides team members benefits that include flexible hours, advancement opportunities, health and medical benefits, reward and recognition programs, scholarships, free park admission, and incentives from area businesses.
The park, located in a sprawling rural area in neighboring Ocean County off Route 537, has been a traditional summer employer for thousands of area residents.
Six Flags has positions open in the following areas: merchandise; games; park services; loss prevention and security; landscaping; human resources; food service; safari; marketing; cash control; ride operations; lifeguards; entertainment; and admissions and guest relations.
The company also is looking for enthusiastic candidates of all ages and backgrounds, including students, teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and second-wage earners interested in pursuing careers in occupations such as marketing, accounting, criminal justice, theater arts, human resources, hospitality and business management, horticulture and zoology.
Great Adventure’s season kicks off March 23 and runs on a varied schedule through Oct. 27. Visit www.sixflags.com for more information.
The facility escaped the brunt of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the Jersey shore in October and left a legacy of damage.
“Since we are inland, we were not affected by the storm surge that caused all the coastal … damage,” said park spokeswoman Kristin B. Siebeneicher, a Mount Laurel resident. “We were very fortunate. There was no flooding and just park cleanup. All of our rides, animals and buildings are secure, and our 2013 construction plans continue as scheduled.”
The park also is moving forward with initiatives for drawing more customers.
Last year, Six Flags announced that an enhanced safari attraction and a water-slide complex will be among the thrills debuting at the park this year. The Safari Off Road Adventure will be blended with the theme park into one 510-acre attraction that will operate beginning Memorial Day, the company said. Also, the Big Wave Racer, a face-first toboggan ride, will round out the features at the Hurricane Harbor water park. Officials touted the developments as the park’s “most dramatic transformation” in the 13 years since Hurricane Harbor was added. The park is best known for its 13 roller coasters and wild animals attraction. – phillyburbs.com