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Fernwood Rain Report – October 18, 2019

Our 2018-2019 rain season ended on September 30, 2019, with a flourish: .17 inches of rain was recorded here in Fernwood at the very end of the season. This concludes our season…

Saturn in Sagittarius

If our “star” of July’s night sky was Jupiter in last month’s Backyard Astronomer, then this month’s best supporting planet must certainly be Saturn. Steadily shining a mellow yellow color, The God…

God of the Sky In July: Jupiter

Perhaps the most interesting planets in a small telescope are Jupiter and Saturn. These giant planets will be featured in our skies in the month of July and all summer. Both are…

Fernwood Rain Report – May 31, 2019

The normally mild and mellow month of May has been the wild and wooley month of May in this unusual rain year. Wednesday, May 22, started out sunny and fair only to…

The Big Dipper

Other than Orion, The Big Dipper is probably the most recognizable constellation in the northern hemisphere. This asterism is among the oldest of constellations and its mythology extends into prehistory. It has…

Gemini: The Twins

Learning the constellations isn’t hard if you do it bit by bit. The idea here in The Backyard Astronomer is to introduce you to the big, bright constellations first, building one on…

Fernwood Rain Report – April 3, 2019

In the 22 seasons that the Fernwood Rain Report has been keeping daily rain records, this year is the fourth rainiest season I’ve recorded with 27.33 inches of precipitation so far. We…

Fernwood Rain Report – March 8, 2019

As of press time for this edition of the Messenger Mountain News, Fernwood has received 25.20 inches of rain. More rain is forecast to fall between now and when this issue actually reaches…

Fernwood Rain Report – February 22, 2019

Southern California has been bathing in a long overdue, above-average wet season. The current buzzwords are “atmospheric river.” Some of us remember when it was popular to call this phenomenon “the pineapple…