Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – November 2014

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Toronto Police launch pedestrian safety campaign after time change | CityNews

 TORONTO, ON - Toronto police launched a week-long pedestrian safety awareness campaign on Monday following the time change over the weekend… 

Daylight Saving Time ended this weekend with clocks going back one hour. Police say November has “traditionally been the month when pedestrians are involved in the most collisions.”…

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Drivers and pedestrians, making eye contact is so simple to do.

Drivers: Be extra careful during your commute after the time change b/c the sun will have "moved" from what you're used to.

NASCAR Sun Angle Diagram - Phoenix International Raceway, Nov 9/14

PIR sun angles

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> Drivers may have to deal with low sun late in Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix Raceway

> Low sun could make things interesting late in today's NASCAR race at Phoenix Raceway

Watch Out for Fall and Early Winter Driving Hazards | via @OConnorLaw09

Since daylight savings time is now over and the clocks have rolled back we are pretty deep into the fall season. As winter approaches and we get less sunlight each day, there are some driving hazards that come up this time of year that we didn’t have to deal with during the summer.

Sun glare now coincides with many people’s morning and evening commutes. For many this is during rush hour traffic, the amount of people on the roads and the dangers of being blinded by the sun while driving can make for a pretty bad situation.

Keep your sunglasses handy where you don’t have to reach or look around for them while driving and remove items from your sun visor so you can put it down when needed. Also remember that dirty windshields can reflect sunlight and cause a glare that can be hard to see though, so keep your windshield clean.

Frosty mornings and wet leaves can turn any road into a slippery situation. Since the leaves are falling and the temperatures can drop below freezing at night, keep an eye out for slippery roads. Since winter is coming this is a good time to check your tires to see if they need to be replaced.

Stay safe this fall.

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Sunrise, sunset: Driving tips to keep you safe during both events |

TORONTO, ON - Last week there was a spate of truck collisions, primarily on the 401, that brought traffic to a standstill throughout the GTA. The last report I heard was the cause may have been these drivers were blinded while driving into the early morning sun.
But we can’t really blame the sun for this. Alas, it is the driver’s fault.
Everyone knows there are two times each day that we risk facing directly into the sun while driving. When the sun is right on the horizon it can be very difficult, sometimes almost impossible, to see where you are going.
Two winters ago I was involved in a near-miss situation in which a motorist in an SUV stopped dead in his tracks on Hwy. 48. He was blinded by the sun setting directly on the road as the highway angled uphill just outside of Coboconk.
The vehicle in front of me saw the stopped SUV at the last second and swerved towards the ditch just in time. I was prepared for driving into the sun and saw this close encounter unfold in front of me. My sunglasses were already in position and my speed had been reduced due to the limited visibility.
Before you strap yourself into your vehicle, a simple check of the time and weather can tell you if you will be driving directly into the sun at some point during your travels. There’s no need to be caught off guard while hurtling down the highway at about 30 metres per second.
Here’s how you should prepare for the likely event that the sun will rise and set every day. All sarcasm aside, it’s serious business:
1. Look farther up the road and stay focused on your driving so you can know ahead of time when you may be turning to face directly into the sun. Think ahead and be ready.
2. Have good sunglasses at the ready. By this I mean within a seconds’ reach and not stuffed away in the glove box, purse or sliding around the floor of the vehicle. Ideally, keep them on your head, ready to be swung down in a split second when needed.
3. Expect traffic to slow when you do head into the sun.
4. Be prepared to pull off the road in a safe place if you still can’t see. Don’t stop on the travelled portion of the road as the driver in the aforementioned SUV did. The sun will rise high enough or sink low enough in a few minutes to allow safer driving. Be patient.
5. Your car’s sun visor should be lowered when needed so the sun is blocked.
6. Try not to look directly into the sun but towards the edge of the road. Looking directly into the sun can cause eye damage.
7. Reduce your speed to reflect the fact that visibility is compromised. You don’t have to slow to a crawl but slow down enough to compensate for reduced visibility.
8. Leave a bigger gap between you and the vehicles in front of you and remember to keep an eye on your rear view mirrors for any vehicles rapidly closing in from behind.
9. Keep your windows clean, especially the inside of your windshield. Off-gases from the vinyl dashboard will start to coat the inside surface of your windshield with an opaque film that greatly reduces visibility when the sun shines directly on it. It is much worse for those who smoke in their vehicles. A good quality glass cleaner or a simple mixture of vinegar and water will clean this film off.
10. Put your headlights on, (not just your DRLs), not so much for the light ahead of you but for your tail lights, which only come on when your headlights are on full. Having your tail lights on will enable motorists behind you to see you better.

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Sun glare suspected as cause >

Two sent to hospital after two car accident on East Main Street this morning | Record-Journal

MERIDEN, CT - A two car accident on East Main Street at the intersection of Swain Avenue sent two people to the hospital and closed one side of the road for about an hour this morning.

Police said the accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. Two people were sent to Yale New Haven Hospital, police said.

The accident is under investigation, but police said sun glare appears to have been a factor. One officer said as police were responding to the accident, they had trouble with the sun glare as well…

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“Sun glare was a major factor” >

School Bus Rear-Ended in Winchester |

WINCHESTER, VA - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a school bus accident in Winchester.

The call came in around 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning for an accident involving a school bus with 12 children on board. Crews responded to the scene at Robin Hood Circle off of Northwestern Pike. This was one of three accidents that took place on the same road on the same day.

As the bus driver was making a routine pickup, she was rear-ended by another vehicle. That vehicle was then rear-ended as well. The driver who was sandwiched between the third vehicle and the school bus was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

All children were safe and transported to school.

Witnesses and the deputy who responded, Deputy Bryan Smith, said the bad glare from the sun, as well as speed, played a factor in the accident.

“It's under investigation - however, I've come to the conclusion that the sun glare was a major factor due to everybody's witness accounts, and even me personally responding there,” said Deputy Smith. “The sun glare was very bad - you couldn't see three feet in front of you, so it's very fortunate that it wasn't worse than it was.”

Deputy Smith is asking vehicles to take their time, and use their visors on that stretch of road to avoid future accidents.

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Bicyclist struck in Mendham, sun glare blamed, police report >

Bicyclist Hospitalized After Being Struck by Car in Mendham, Cops Say | NJ Patch

MENDHAM, NJ - A bicyclist suffered injuries to his legs after being struck by a turning car on East Main Street in Mendham Wednesday afternoon, police said… 

An investigation and witness statements revealed the car was turning left at the location when the bicyclist was riding on the side of the road, police said. The driver of the vehicle did not see the bicyclist due to sun glare, police said…

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Hard to argue sun glare when you have time to adjust >

Shrewsbury van driver was dazzled by sun in death crash | Shropshire Star

WREXHAM, ENGLAND - A Shrewsbury van driver involved in a fatal crash told a court he was dazzled by sunlight and didn’t see the Land Rover Freelander in front of him  until after he had hit it…

A forensic collision examiner concluded that the defendant was travelling at between 44mph and 51mph, he would have had a clear and unobstructed view of the collision scene for 240 metres, which would have been more than ten seconds.

It was the prosecution case that defendant would have had time, given the glare of the low sun, to adapt or modify his driving. He could have used the sun visor, reduced his speed, or if necessary, stopped his vehicle…

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Sun blamed for head-on crash on S.E. 37th in Topeka KS | Topeka Capital-Journal

EAST TOPEKA, KS - The bright morning sun was believed to have contributed to a head-on crash that sent one person to a local hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening early Monday in East Topeka, authorities said. 

Emergency crews were sent at 8:03 a.m. to the 1000 block of S.E. 37th, where the crash was reported.

An Economy Sewer Service box truck that had been traveling east on S.E. 37th collided head-on with a silver, four-door Ford Taurus that was headed west on S.W. 37th.

Police Sgt. Andrew Langdon said the truck driver reported the glare of the sun was in his eyes as he came over the hill, moments before the collision…

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Driver didn't see disabled vehicle due to low sun >

Delivery driver's remorse over crash death | News North Wales

 MOLD, UK - A delivery driver convicted of causing death by careless driving expressed “genuine remorse” and wished to express sincere apologies to all who had been affected by the tragedy. 

Robert Malcolm Jones, 48, of New Park Road, Shrewsbury, was cleared of the more serious charge of causing the death of Kenneth Gordon Brereton, 69, by dangerous driving…

Mr Brereton, a farmer of Rossett Hall Farm, Rossett, was an experienced driver who owned a Landrover Freelander which he regularly serviced and did not cause him any problems.

On the morning of February 6 last year, he was driving to his late mother in law’s house with his wife, who was in the passenger seat.

Without warning the clutch failed on the Llanypwll link road. The vehicle stopped with its hazard lights on and it presented an obvious hazard to other road users, the judge said.

Jones, who was driving his employer’s van from Buckley to Shropshire, was diverted to a factory and turned onto the link road.

Mrs Brereton was unaware of the approaching van as she reached down for her handbag to get her mobile phone, the judge said.

The van hit the vehicle from behind causing it to flip over and land on its roof on the verge. Mr Brereton suffered serious head injuries from which he later died and Mrs Brereton sustained unpleasant injuries from which, to some extent, she was still suffering…

No one saw the van brake lights come on and the defendant himself did not say he braked. “He has always said he simply did not see the Landrover. He attributes that to the sun shining very low ahead of him,” the judge said.

There were no other factors involved. The only distraction was the bright sunshine, the judge said.

The van’s speed was 46 or 47 mph which was not in any way excessive and the defendant had plenty of time to see the Landrover – some 10 seconds over 240 yards.

“The road surface was dry with no glare from the road but the fact there was glare from the sun was plainly proved by the evidence,” the judge explained.

According to the Highway Code, a driver should slow down or stop if their visibility was affected by the sun.

Jones had sunglasses on but did not put down the sun visor and did not reduce his speed…

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Riding Into the Sunset...Safely | The Mallard Law Firm

SARASOTA, FL - One of the most amazing things about owning a motorcycle in Sarasota is being able to go for a ride during a beautiful Gulf sunset. Unfortunately, this can also be one of the most dangerous times to take your bike for a spin, so we wanted to share three simple tips for staying safe on a sunset ride.

  • Consider Your Visibility Disadvantage, and Stay Slow

  • Keep Your Visor Clean and Clear

  • Stick to the Edge

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Sun Could Be To Blame For Accident in Corpus Christi Department Store Parking Lot | Kiii News

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - A Walmart employee was hit by a vehicle in the parking lot of the store along the 6100 block of Saratoga around 7:00 AM Friday morning. The 18-year old employee only suffered minor scratches and bruises.

According to the Corpus Christi police department the driver of the car says they couldn't see the man pushing carts because of the severe glare from the sun.

The driver was not given a ticket.  Police say when the glare from the sun is severe to please slow down and drive carefully.

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Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – November 2014

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Proposal for New Tower on Church Property Proves Controversial | CityLand

NEW YORK, NY - On October 21, 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing on a proposal for the demolition of an existing church annex and the construction of a new 15-story building on property belonging to and adjacent to the Park Avenue Christian Church at 1010 Park Avenue in Manhattan… 

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Melbourne City Council to ask Matthew Guy to reverse decision on Collins Street site | The Age

MELBOURNE - Melbourne City Council will ask Planning Minister Matthew Guy to reverse changes he made to a Collins Street property title that enabled a developer with links to the Liberal Party to sell it for a large profit soon after.

The move will bring attention to the many Melbourne developers who have gained approval for a skyscraper from Mr Guy and immediately put the site up for sale…

The highest-profile example in Melbourne is 555 Collins Street, over which the city council will on Tuesday ask Mr Guy to reverse planning laws he changed last year.

In April 2013 Mr Guy altered the planning rules on the site, owned at the time by developer Harry Stamoulis, to allow a tower on it to overshadow the south bank of the Yarra River…

Melbourne City Council's deputy planning chairman, Stephen Mayne, said Mr Guy's decision to allow a building at 555 Collins Street to overshadow the Yarra River was "the most confounding and perplexing we've seen by the minister".

"It came out of the blue, and there was no tradeoff public benefits for allowing huge overshadowing of the south bank of the Yarra River," he said.

"The minister has never explained this decision. There deserves to be a serious look at who spoke to who, who promised what, and why this was done," he said.

Cr Mayne compared the decision on 555 Collins Street to Mr Guy's refusal of a tower on the next Collins Street corner up – at the corner of Williams Street – where building industry super fund CBUS wanted to build a similar height skyscraper.

Asked if the shadow controls for the site he approved last year should now be removed, Mr Guy's spokesman said there was no building approved on the site.

And he said the CBUS tower had been rejected due to "considerable design issues" as well as overshadowing…

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Berlin planning board defends overview of Jericho wind project | The Berlin Daily Sun

BERLIN, PA - The planning board defended its handling of the Jericho Power wind project at its monthly meeting last Thursday.

Community Development Director Pamela Laflamme said the project, which was before the city in various forms since 2006, was fully vetted by the planning board…

Board members said they reviewed detailed studies on various aspects of the project including visual impact, noise, and shadow flicker…

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Behold the towering beauty of the world's tallest new buildings of 2015 | via @buzzbuzzhome 

The following list is based on data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the recognized authority on skyscraper height. 

With the number of officially “tall” buildings — at least 656 feet — doubling over the next ten years, and the number of “megatall” buildings — at least 1,969 feet — expected to jump from two to 10 by 2020, building construction around the world is literally reaching new heights.

Indeed, next year alone 10 new skyscrapers of at least 1,110 feet will be completed. They are 2015′s tallest buildings…

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San Francisco Voters Increase Height Limits for Waterfront Development | via @planetizen

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Voters gave Forest City Enterprises' Pier 70 development the go-ahead on Tuesday by increasing height limits from 40 to 90 feet. The 65-acre property will be developed into mixed use, with 2,000 housing units, 30 percent affordable, and open space.

"In a city where waterfront development proposals invariably become political brawls, developer Forest City took a different tack at Pier 70, spending three years meeting with neighbors before coming up with a project that had what most residents were looking for: ample affordable housing, plenty of open space, and heights that would not block views or cast shadows in the adjacent Dogpatch (neighborhood)," writes J.K. Dineen of the San Francisco Chronicle about the passage of Prop. F.

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'Permission' to shadow bought >

TDSB takes $1M to back away from opposing developer's tower plan | Toronto Star

TORONTO, ON - The Toronto District School Board has accepted $1 million to back out of the fight against a 22-storey condo being built next to a primary school.

The proposed redevelopment will cast a permanent shadow across the Lord Lansdowne Public School playground every morning and increase traffic in the streets where hundreds of children walk, critics claim.

The City of Toronto, community groups, parents and the school council are all fighting the development at an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing later this month.

The TDSB, originally part of the opposition, pulled out in late October after signing a $1-million settlement deal with the residential developer, Wynn Group of Companies…


> 4 Seasons paid $2M few yrs ago. RT @PCashman_CHBA: Interesting side effect... RT @SunPosition: 'Permission' to shadow school bought for $1M.

> TDSB accepts $1 million deal to back off development fight - Toronto |  |

Proposed 15-sty Ocean City hotel stepped back "so it absorbs its own shadow as it gets taller" >

Major Oceanfront Hotel Addition Planned For Ocean City | MD Coast Dispatch

OCEAN CITY, MD - A new oceanfront 15-story hotel proposed for Ocean City received formal site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission last week…

The design of the new hotel was presented by Jack Mumford of Becker Morgan Group. The applicant is OC Hotel Holdings, LLC…

At first, a 12-story building was designed to go along with Ocean City Code’s “height-by-right” regulation, Mumford explained, but the hotel ended up with only a few units facing the ocean while most faced the street on the north side, elevated parking and an elevated pool.

“We decided to come back with a smaller foot print with 15 stories rather than 12, so it is about 30 feet taller than what would be allowed with height-by-right but we were able to get all of the units oceanfront,” Mumford said. “We were also able to keep a vast majority of the site open, so we have more landscaping and light and air for the neighborhood.”…

Mumford furthered, as done with the Hilton, Holiday Inn and Gateway Grand they are stepping the building, so it absorbs its own shadow as it gets taller. According to Ocean City Code, a shadow study was conducted on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.

“We managed the shadows so there is no shadows cast across the street on neighbors or onto the beach past the dune line,” Mumford said…

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> You can reduce shadowing by stepping a building, but you can't eliminate it.

Shadowing one of concerns >

St. Sophia Church, developer continue to clash in Waterloo | via @wr_record

WATERLOO, ON - The City of Waterloo won't wade into negotiations between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Sophia in Waterloo and UID Development Inc. over a city-approved condo project.

But the city did commit Monday to meet with parishioners to explain the building code and address other concerns and questions they may have about protocol during construction.

"We hear your concerns," Mayor Brenda Halloran said.

The church opposes the 23-storey project at 158 and 160 King St. N., 8 and 10 Noecker St., and 11 James St. and is appealing the city's approval of it at the Ontario Municipal Board, which decides land planning disputes.

St. Sophia's is located next door at 154 King St. N…

Top on the list of concerns is that construction will impact the parish priest and his family who live in a semi-detached home on church property.

A building permit has already been issued by the city…

Other church concerns include proper construction fencing on site, loss of sun and shadow impacts from the building, parking and traffic…

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Recently carried out a sun access analysis for a prospective buyer of a Manhattan condo. Interesting project.

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – November 2014

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Wind turbine shadow flicker regulations hearing | Wicked Local Kingston

KINGSTON, MA - A long-awaited public hearing on a proposed Board of Health wind turbine shadow flicker regulation has been scheduled..
The stated purpose of the legislation is to "protect the public from adverse health effects and nuisances that can be associated with shadow flicker emanating from the wind turbines." Emotional stress, fatique and high blood pressure are listed as being among the ailments flicker could potentially cause…
The proposed regulation states that unless proven otherwise flicker in excess of 30 minutes per day or 30 hours per year "will cause an adverse health impact or regulable nuisance."…

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Potential problem for its solar panels >
Space agency: Comet lander ends up in cliff shadow | via @BW

BERLIN - A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe's historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a cliff that's blocking sunlight from its solar panels…

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Will impact solar panels >
Space agency says comet lander ends up in cliff shadow | AOL

BERLIN - Europe's comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists said Thursday as they published the first image ever taken from the surface of a comet…

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Who would have thought shadow impacts would be an issue on a comet? New business opportunity for me??

Cheers, Ralph

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – October 2014

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Police: possibility sun glare played a role > Dedham woman fatally struck by pickup | Boston Globe
DEDHAM, MA - A 70-year-old Dedham woman walking to church was struck and killed by a pickup truck as she tried to cross a street Tuesday morning, officials said.
Dedham police responded to High Street near Linden Place in Dedham at about 7 a.m., where the woman was found lying in the parking lot of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Chief Michael J. d’Entremont said in a statement…
Police are looking at the possibility that solar glare played a role in the fatal accident…

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Sun Glare Can Be Dangerous for Drivers | WKEF ABC 22 DAYTON, OH -

Driving into the sunset or sunrise might sound romantic, but it can be dangerous.
"It's hard to see," said Terence Howard.
"The glare even with the visor down and your sunglasses on I'm always afraid somebody will pull out in front of me," said Rosalie Rice.
"The sun's lower in the sky at this time of year and it's right in their line of vision so it's kind of hard to get that position so you can see around it," said Cindy Antrican, Public Affairs Manager for AAA.
Nationally, only a fraction of deadly crashes are caused by the sun's glare, 195 out of more than 56,000 fatal crashes a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
But according to AAA, you should still take steps to stay safe.
"If you're having trouble seeing what's ahead of you, please allow more room between you and that vehicle," said Antrican.
It might seem like common sense, but washing your windshield is one of the best ways to help reduce the glare from the sun.
"The dirt on there can increase the glare and make it harder for you to see," said Antrican.
If you're driving and the glare is just too much, give yourself some extra time.
"If you cannot see, do not pull out," said Antrican. "You just may have to wait a couple of minutes, move your vehicle a little bit, try to get in a better position where you can see.
"Be very cautious, don't go over the speed limit and look out for the other guy because you never know what he's gonna do," said Rice.
AAA also suggests if you're driving away from the sun turn on your headlights so the drivers can see you coming toward them.

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Pickup driver in Tillamook County crash that killed cyclist won't face criminal charges via @oregonian

TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OR - A pickup driver who fatally struck a bicyclist on a winding stretch of Oregon 131 will not be criminally charged, said Tillamook County District Attorney William Bryan Porter.
Rather, Frank B. Bohannon, 74, of Oceanside, was cited for careless driving and driving while suspended in connection with the Sept. 19 crash that killed Kerry Lee Kunsman, 67, of San Diego, Oregon State Police said.
According to investigators, Bohannon was driving a 2011 Ford F350 west on the highway near milepost 5 around 5:15 p.m. He rounded a curve and was temporarily blinded by sun glare as he came up behind Kunsman, who riding about 2 feet into the roadway, Porter said…

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For Crop-Dusters, a Hidden Danger in the Fields | The Kathryn Report

CRESTON, IA - Van Lucas flew F-16 fighter jets over Iraq and Afghanistan for the Air National Guard, but the idea of returning to Iowa to fly low-powered crop-dusters a few feet off the ground felt like a new level of danger.
“I said, ‘Show me every place that you can think of that a crop-duster has been killed or wrecked,’  ” recalled Mr. Lucas, 35, who has been flying crop-dusters for seven years. “And that’s what we did. I learned how to fly under wires. I learned about wires being in the tree lines.”
But in recent years, pilots like Mr. Lucas have encountered a new, rapidly proliferating threat camouflaged among the fields, one that has led to several deaths and, safety officials fear, could cause more.
They are thin metal towers, almost 200 feet high, that wind energy companies use to help gather data on the best places to put wind turbines.
Mr. Lucas first encountered one of the towers in 2009, as he was spraying fungicide at sundown near a mammoth wind project in Adair, Iowa. Suddenly one of the towers, anchored by a web of guy wires, appeared ahead of him.
“I just prayed and pulled. Pulled back on the stick and got out of there quick as I could, hoping I didn’t hit it,” Mr. Lucas said. “By the time I pulled up, the guy wires were right underneath the airplane.”
Towers like these — temporary meteorological evaluation towers, or METs — can be erected in a matter of hours, and at 198 feet, most barely skirt the 200-foot limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration requiring marking and lighting for safety.
At least five people, among them three crop-duster pilots, have died hitting the towers since 2003…
On a clear day in 2013, near Balko, Okla., a crop-dusting pilot named Jason Martin, 34, was en route to spray herbicide on a field and flew straight into an orange MET. The impact tore off part of the right wing, and the plane disintegrated upon hitting the ground. A safety board investigation into Mr. Martin’s death concluded that he had not seen the tower because of sun glare…

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AA warns M4 and A55 drivers over low-lying sun glare deaths | WalesOnline

CARDIFF, WALES - The glare of a low-lying sun has contributed to an average of 28 road deaths a year since 2010, according to figures highlighted by the AA.
A major problem in October, around 3,900 road users a year are injured after being dazzled by the sun, the AA said.
In Wales the motoring group said the worst affected roads would be the major east-west routes, including the M4 (South Wales to London), and the A55 (Chester to Holyhead).
The A5, which runs north west to south east between Holyhead and London, can also prove challenging for motorists.
Last year sun dazzle was a factor in 149 accidents in Wales, with Rhondda Cynon Taf the hotspot with 22 incidents, followed by 14 in Neath Port Talbot. The M4 runs through both counties, but the statistics don’t reveal how many, if any, of these incidents occurred on this road.
The motoring organisation drew attention to the figures as sunrise and sunset move into the morning and evening rush hours until the clocks go back on Sunday, October 26…

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Sun's blinding glare blamed for causing 200 road accidents in Scotland | Herald Scotland  via @hsnewsbreak

 EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - The glare of the low-lying autumn sun has been blamed for causing more than 200 road accidents in Scotland last year, according to figures highlighted by the AA.
The problem, which becomes particularly severe for drivers as the seasons change in October, was said to be behind 222 crashes across Scotland in 2013…
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Autumn sun 'kills 28 drivers a year' via @MailOnline

LONDON, UK - Motorists face 'twilight terror' as sunrise and sunset fall in rush hour before the clocks go back.

Glare from the sun is a particular problem in Oct before clocks go back
Around 3,900 road users a year are injured after being dazzled by the sun    
Drivers in north west England are worst affected, according to the AA    
M4, which takes drivers towards London, is one of the worst for glare

Concerns that shadow flicker from proposed wind turbines will distract drivers | Lancashire Telegraph

OSWALDTWISTLE, UK - Plans to build a wind turbine at an Oswaldtwistle farm have been met with anger… John Rawnsley said: “The proposed turbine would be sited close to a main road with a dangerous double bend. The distraction this would cause to drivers and the resulting potential to cause accidents should be considered.
“Also the road, just before the bend, would be subject to shadow flicker, further distracting drivers as they approach a dangerous bend with hidden access roads, bridleways, and footpaths along the route.” …

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Sun glare cause > WBTV: Two hospitalized in school bus crash near Mint Hill

CHARLOTTE, NC - A school bus crash sent two people to the hospital Friday morning.
The crash occurred near the intersection of Albemarle Road and Wilgrove Mint Hill Road near Mint Hill around 8 a.m. Friday.
Officials say a pickup truck ran a red light and hit a CMS school bus…
The driver of the truck said glare from the sun blinded him and he couldn't see the traffic light…

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Don't need to stare: Sun glare can cause issues in low sky | Augusta Free Press  

WAYNESBORO, VA - From now to the end of daylight saving time on November 2 is a deadly time of year for east to west commuters due to the sun’s alignment during sunrise and sunset. Drivers should take additional precautions such as leaving additional space between vehicles, wearing sunglasses, making sure their windshields are clean and slowing down, advises AAA Mid-Atlantic.
During October, the sun will rise between 7:04 a.m. and 7:34 a.m. when drivers are headed out on their daily commutes to work and to drop their children off at school. The sun will set between 6:51 p.m. and 6:09 p.m. when commuters are headed home. “It is during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise that sun-glare becomes a serious hazard to motorists,” advises the National Weather Service (NWS). “Motorists traveling westbound can also experience sun-glare as the sun drops lower toward the horizon,” warns the NWS.
“Just after sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a blinding sun glare,” says Martha Mitchell Meade, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “AAA is urging drivers to take preventative measures such as wearing sunglasses, cleaning vehicle windshields, slowing down, and altering commutes whenever possible.”
The National Weather Service and AAA Mid-Atlantic provide safety tips to area drivers.

  • Be aware that drivers traveling toward the sun at sunrise or sunset may be virtually blinded.
  • Clean your windshield outside and inside. A cracked or dirty windshield can magnify glare.
  • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses, or wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective (AR) coating.
  • Keep in mind, scratched eyewear makes glare worse.
  • Heed the speed limit, particularly if you are driving into the sunrise on your way into work or the sunset on your way home.
  • Increase your following distance beyond the recommended safe distances to allow three or more seconds between vehicles. The more space you have, the more time you have to react.
  • Turn headlights on so oncoming motorists can see you as they are driving toward the sun.
  • Use your visor as much as possible, but remember that visors can also block your vision.
  • Use sun-blocking or shading tools that can provide protection and prevent sun glare.
  • Consider alternate routes to minimize east/west driving whenever possible. Use north/south streets until you find an east/west road with lots of trees or taller buildings.
  • Be alert to changing cloud cover and changing traffic flow.

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Drivers urged to slow down as sunrise and sunset move into the rush-hour |  The FINANCIAL

TBILISI, GEORGIA - The AA is urging drivers to slow down particularly at sunrise and sunset as AA research reveals that drivers and other road users blinded by the glare of the sun have contributed on average to 28 road deaths a year since 2010.
Dazzle remains a stubborn factor in the injury of a further 3,900 road users each year…

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Sheriff Urges Driver Safety with Season Change via @M3PMedia 

WAMPSVILLEe, NY – Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley is urging motorists to be aware that with the change of seasons, challenges in your daily driving will increase…
Avoid Sun Glare
With the end of Daylight Savings Time comes reduced visibility. Even on familiar roads, it is important that you use additional caution and adjust your driving habits to the different morning or late afternoon glare from the sun. It can cause reflections off vehicle windows and hoods, and can decrease your visibility considerably…

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Glare from a low sun costs 28 road deaths a year | Western Morning News

PLYMOUTH, UK - The glare of a low-lying sun – a particular problem for drivers each October - has contributed to an average of 28 road deaths a year since 2010, according to figures highlighted by the AA.
Around 3,900 road users a year are injured after being dazzled by the sun, with north-west England drivers the worst affected, the AA said.
The motoring organisation drew attention to the figures as sunrise and sunset move into the morning and evening rush hours until the clocks go back on Sunday October 26…
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Sun glare blamed for fatal motorcycle crash | Deseret News via @deseretnews

MAGNA, UT - The bright glare of the setting sun is being blamed for a motorcycle crash that left the rider dead in western Salt Lake County.
Investigators said that glare from the sun was responsible for a causing a 57-year-old male rider to rear-end a car on State Road 201…
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Freak accident. It all started with intense sun glare | @njdotcom MOUNT

ARLINGTON, NJ - It all started with intense sun glare.
Police say a freak chain reaction after a pedestrian collision on Seasons Drive ended with a another person — not involved in that first crash — trapped under a vehicle.
Chief Keith Licata said the sun glare for travelers going east on Seasons Drive Monday morning was intense — and police themselves had to proceed with caution as they traveled along the road to respond to a report of a collision…
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AA warns drivers of dangers of twilight dazzle | Fleet World  via @fleetworldgroup

ST. ALBANS, UK - Drivers are being urged to slow down as AA research reveals that drivers and other road users blinded by the glare of the sun have contributed on average to 28 road deaths a year since 2010.
The organisation says that dazzle remains a stubborn factor in the injury of a further 3,900 road users each year…
Three rules for driving at sunset:

  1. Keep your windscreen clean inside and out – wiping the inside with a cloth dampened in warm water and a little washing up liquid once a fortnight will cut the risk of a screen being blanked out by sun glare.
  2. Slow down immediately – it is tempting to carry on at your current speed hoping that you'll turn out of direct sunlight or that something obscures the glare, but by the time that happens, it may be too late. Use the sun visors rather than rely too much on sunglasses and slow down if you're blinded by sun glare.
  3. Anticipate the effects of glare on you and other drivers – the sun may appear suddenly from behind trees, buildings and other obstacles if you're heading west on major routes or going up hills.

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Detectives say the sun could be to blame > Middle Country motorcyclist hurt in crash | Times Beacon Record

EAST PATCHOGUE, NY - A Selden man was seriously injured on Monday afternoon when a car hit his motorcycle on Montauk Highway, and detectives say the sun could be to blame…

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PennDOT urges drivers to watch out for sun glare, wet leaves during fall season | PennLive

MECHANICSBURG, PA - With fall's arrival, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to use caution and be alert for seasonal travel hazards, such as sun glare, frosty mornings and wet leaves.
Sun glare can affect morning and evening commutes. Because intense sun glare can affect a driver's vision, motorists can prepare by keeping a pair of sunglasses within reach, removing items from vehicle sun visors and by keeping vehicle windshields clean, PennDOT said…

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Be prepared for worst sun glare before about 8:25am and after 5:45pm this week on Toronto streets. Sunglasses and visors ready.

Worst sun glare conditions occur during rush hour these days.

New studies point out dangers of 'talking' to car | Fox News

WASHINGTON, DC –  Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better…

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It's that time of year again when sun-related crashes are way up. Have sunglasses handy, clear your visor and slow down.

Sun Glare Might Have Contributed to School Bus Crash in Norwich | NBC Connecticut

NORWICH, CT - Police said sun glare might have been a factor in a crash that involved a school bus and a car just before 8 a.m. on Asylum Street in Norwich on Wednesday morning…

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Reflective sun glare obscures driver's vision > Mazda Sued Over Allegedly Defective Dashboards | National Law Journal

Dashboards in some models of Mazda Motor of America, Inc., sedans and hatchbacks are allegedly so defective they melt in the sun, ooze a gooey substance, give off a noxious chemical odor and become so light-reflective that they make it dangerously difficult to see out the windshield, a proposed class action alleges...
Of even greater concern, the car owners say, is the serious safety risk that comes from the way the shiny dashboard reflects the sun, creating a blinding glare that makes seeing through the windshield difficult…

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How to Mow Safely Near Traffic | Total Landscape Care

A Florida landscaper is mowing the grass in a road median about 8:15 a.m. While he is mowing, a mid-size pickup truck approaches the work area. The driver’s vision is impaired from the sun glare, and he misses a curve in the road. He veers to the left and drives onto the curbed median. The pickup’s windshield and side mirror strike the landscaper, killing him…

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Sun glare blamed in AM motorcycle crash | @KCCINews

DES MOINES, IA - A motorcycle rider suffered neck and back injuries in a crash Thursday morning.
The crash was reported in the 3500 block of Vandalia Road about 7:50 a.m.
Police said the motorcycle was headed toward the rising sun when a truck pulled out…

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Recognizing the Dangers of Being a Pedestrian | SGP Law Blog

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in the United States alone, there were nearly 5,000 fatalities in pedestrian-related accidents in 2012. The study also reported the total estimated amount of injured pedestrians in traffic incidents was about 76,000…
Drivers can often not “see” a pedestrian because of sun glare or dirty windows. Make sure you and your vehicle are prepared with sun visors and/or sunglasses to decrease light glare, and have your car’s windows cleaned frequently, which will increase visibility of pedestrians…

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Sun blamed for bus accident in Manomet | Wicked Local Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, MA – Solar glare was blamed Monday after a school bus from Woburn crashed in Manomet…

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Fatal collision with tractor in Haldimand County - sun low in west reportedly caused visibility problems for EMS | Simcoe Reformer

SIMCOE, ON - Todd Hunt was looking forward to a night of music at the Norfolk County Fair when he collided with a large tractor on Walpole Concession 6 Saturday, Oct. 11…
The most likely explanation, however, involves the sun. At 6:20 p.m. when the crash occurred, the sun was low in the west and reportedly caused visibility problems for emergency workers rushing to the scene. Hunt’s family thinks he simply didn’t see the tractor coming as he drifted into the eastbound lane…

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Family of Waterlooville lollipop man still seeking justice for him | Portsmouth News

WATERLOOVILLE, UK - Relatives of Ray Elsmore said they can never accept the events that led to the grandfather’s death could not have been avoided.
But Coroner David Horsley said it would have been ‘difficult for anyone’ to see the 82-year-old standing in the road due to the dazzling glare of the sun on December 5, 2012…

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Glare from the sun may have been a factor in Kings Mountain Highway fatal crash | WBTV 3 Charlotte, NC

GASTON COUNTY, NC - Two people died in a crash on Kings Mountain Highway late Wednesday afternoon.
Police say accident happened about 6:30 p.m. when a truck slammed into a Honda car while it was making a U-turn….
Police say glare from the sun may have been a factor in the fatal crash…

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Attorney Weighs In on News Reports about School Bus Crashes in Fairfield County and Across Connecticut | PRWEB

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT - In the wake of a pair of recent bus accidents sending over a dozen school children to the hospital, attorney Jeremy Vishno stressed the importance for all drivers to practice safe driving habits when near school buses, including avoiding dangerous behavior such as texting while driving and other distractions…
A Fairfield Citizen article published October 16, “Nine students hospitalized for minor injuries after Kings Highway school bus collision,” revealed that a bus accident on Kings Highway East in Fairfield sent nine middle school students to the hospital. According to the article, the bus was stopped and rear-ended by a car that failed to stop in time.
Just one week earlier, News 3 reported that a school bus accident occurred in Norwich after a jeep crossed the center median on Asylum Street and sideswiped a school bus. The October 9 article, “Norwich bus crash sends 9 students to hospital,” indicated that sun glare may have been a factor in the crash, which sent nine students to the hospital with minor injuries…

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Add in some sun glare, deadly. MT @SafeDriver: Driving in morning with dew across your windows is a "dew not"!

Sun glare blamed for accident Friday evening in Montgomery Co. | KJAN Radio

MONTGOMERY, IA - Officials say gun glare is being blamed for a non-injury accident Friday evening, in Montgomery County. Authorities say an SUV driven by 16-year old Leatha Renee Bennett, of Red Oak and registered to Fly A Cattle Company, was stopped at the intersection of K Avenue north of Highway 34. When she looked to the west, sun glare caused her not to see an eastbound pickup. When the SUV pulled away from the stop sign, it was hit by the pickup that was driven by 41-year old Robert Allen Childs, of Red Oak…

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@sunposition: @JimmieJohnson Which tracks do you find worst for sun and shade?
> @JimmieJohnson: The late stages at PIR are tough with the sun in your eyes.
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Winter Driving Means Going Back to the Basics | DriveWise Road Safety
Don’t shoot the messenger, but winter is just around the corner. I don’t need to tell you what that means, but I will anyways: snow, ice, freezing temperatures … all the good stuff.
Of course, one of the major challenges that comes with this shuddersome season is driving. It’s tricky, takes effort and a great amount of patience, not to mention some white knuckles come March or April or even May…
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Sunset is at 6:10pm EDT. RT @SouthSimcoePS: Hallowe'en Safety Tips For Kids

Sunglasses and visor ready. RT @TikiBarber: Sun glare beating me down driving home to NJ right now!!

Fall Driving Offers Challenges | Pathway Hyundai

While most drivers cringe at the thought of winter driving – blizzards, icy roads and the dreaded black ice – drivers should be aware that fall has its own unique conditions to challenge even the most confident driver…
Sun glare makes it nearly impossible to see traffic lights and prevents you from knowing when you are supposed to stop or apply brakes. It affects your sight for several seconds after exposure. Polarized sunglasses may help but even they are no match if the angle of the sun has you temporarily blinded by its glare. Make sure your windshield is clean (dirt or grime causes light to scatter, increasing glare), avoid using high-gloss products on your dash that can increase reflection and slow down, especially in heavier traffic…

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Drivers: Be extra careful during your commute after the time change b/c the sun will have "moved" from what you're used to.

Here's a link to a sun angle diagram I prepared for the Nov 9/14 NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway

PIR sun angles
  image by Ralph Bouwmeester

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and six-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, told me via Twitter on October 25, 2014, that "The late stages at PIR are tough with the sun in your eyes."
Of course, I wanted to see how the sun angles look at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) so I prepared the diagram below to illustrate the case.  The next race scheduled at PIR is on Sunday, November 9, 2014, beginning at 1:00 pm MST (3:00 ET) - this is the last race in the Eliminator Round and the last race before the Championship Race at Homestead-Miami on November 16th.  
The diagram below shows the sun angles at PIR for the November 9th race.
Looks like Jimmie was absolutely right... was there ever any doubt??
Click the above image to enlarge.

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Cheers, Ralph

NASCAR Sun Angle Diagram - Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and six-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, told me via Twitter on October 25, 2014, that "The late stages at PIR are tough with the sun in your eyes."

JJ reply

Of course, I wanted to see how the sun angles look at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) so I prepared the diagram below to illustrate the case.  The next race scheduled at PIR is on Sunday, November 9, 2014, beginning at 1:00 pm MST (3:00 ET) - this is the last race in the Eliminator Round and the last race before the Championship Race at Homestead-Miami on November 16th.  

The diagram below shows the sun angles at PIR for the November 9th race.

Looks like Jimmie was absolutely right... was there ever any doubt??

Click diagram to enlarge.

PIR sun angles

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – October 2014

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars | CityLab

SEATTLE, WA - The city is currently planning a new leg of its burgeoning streetcar system, called the Center City Connector, that will run in its own exclusive lane. It could be the first real test case to show whether the new North American streetcar can actually be a useful part of a city's transportation system, and not just a development tool with questionable mobility value…

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London planners to ask council to approve high-rise on health unit lands via @metrotoronto

LONDON, ON - Planners at the City of London have given an endorsement to plans for a new tower downtown.
If council agrees, it will mean the Middlesex-London Health Unit building at the corner of Ridout Street and King Street will be replaced by a 95-metre high-rise for commercial, office and residential use.
It will also be a big part of the revitalization of the core, chief city planner John Fleming said Wednesday, close to the historic courthouse building and carefully designed to create a new link to the Forks of the Thames…

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Do you need to know how much sun your Toronto condo gets throughout the year?
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Melbourne's proliferating high-rise towers need to be planned carefully | The Age
MELBOURNE, AUS - Melbourne's proliferating high-rise towers need to be planned carefully to avoid damaging the city's laneway culture, one of Chicago's highest-profile modern-day architects Jeanne Gang says…
She praised the fact that the city's high-rise towers appeared to be clustered together, rather than uniformly spread out over the CBD – "different districts have different characters" – but also said it was crucial for the proliferating multi-residential towers to incorporate the city's laneways into their footprints.
"The tall buildings that are being planned should pay attention to the vibrancy of the laneway pattern and incorporate it," she said. "It would be terrible if we lost that quality."
Rules protecting the wider environment also need, however, to be able to give developers the ability to be creative and make a return, she said. In New York, Gang designed Solar Carve, a 17-storey commercial building adjacent to the High Line, a linear park built on top of a disused railway line.
To prevent the trunk of the building throwing a large section of the High Line into shadow – even though planning regulations would have permitted it – Gang shaved off one side of the building, so it rises up from the ground outwards, to increase the sunlight falling onto the park.
In planning a building that reduced the floor area of the tower at lower levels, they were able to convince planning authorities to let the building go higher than it could otherwise as an offset, Gang said.
A tall building, she said, is "vertical infrastructure" for a city and needed to be given as much consideration as any other infrastructure... 

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Will Gary Barnett Bring a Third Skyscraper Shadow to Central Park? - Businessweek via @BW
NEW YORK, NY - It appears that prolific New York developer Gary Barnett is planning another supertall, skinny tower on 57th Street in Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal reports that Extell Development, Barnett’s firm, is in negotiations to purchase a site owned by Calvary Baptist Church on the same block as Extell’s 1,004-foot One57…

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Shadow impacts one concern > Property owners sue New Haven, developer over zoning changes | New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN, CT - Owners of a competing property are suing developers of a proposed apartment complex in Wooster Square as well as the city over a zone change and amendment that could delay construction for months, and maybe longer.
The City Plan Commission and the Board of Aldermen approved the changes as a way to provide a transition area from downtown to residential Wooster Square.
The suit is being brought by the owners of the Strouse Adler “Smoothie” building at 78 Olive St., that was converted to apartments decades ago, one of the first to take an iconic part of New Haven’s industrial past and bring it alive with a new use…

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Make the most of a fading resource : light | Toronto Star

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a very real condition often described as a type of depression related to seasonal — and light — changes.
I’m not pretending to be a scientist or a mental health expert. But one thing we can all agree on is that when the sun is shining, we tend to feel better. It’s obvious that our environment plays a major role in our physical and emotional well-being.
Exposure to sunlight, as well as our food intake, contributes to our bodies’ levels of vitamin D — which helps us absorb of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. Natural light goes a long way to improving our disposition, health and also productivity…
Integrating natural light is one of the most beneficial, and cost effective, ways in which you can improve your workspace. Not only will you save on utility bills, but also natural light will enhance your frame of mind, reduce eyestrain and heighten your efficiency.
If you’re considering renovating and want to repurpose an unused space (perhaps an attic) for an additional bedroom, reading area or studio, you’ll want to add natural light. In small rooms you don’t want to lose valuable wall space so skylights are one of the most straightforward solutions.
Skylights provide up to twice as much natural light as vertical windows and three times as much as dormer windows. Furthermore, because of their angle to the sun, skylights can provide natural light deeper into the centre of a home if well-designed…

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Living in the Noisy Shadow of a Mega Development Project | New York Observer

NEW YORK, NY - New York’s tallest sliver – the skinny condo shooting up at 432 Park Avenue – recently topped out at 1,396 feet, making it the highest residential edifice in the Western hemisphere (to distinguish it from gravity-defying high-rises in Dubai, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and other Eastern hubs)...

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The shadow of The Shard, western Europe's tallest building, is cast over buildings lining the Thames in London |

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Mining Tax Data to Map the Past and Future of Urban Development in New York | Hyperallergic

NEW YORK, NY - Last year, the City of New York released a huge trove of tax data to the public. Called Property Land Use Tax Lot Output (PLUTO), the information might not seem terribly thrilling, a dry assortment of building dates, square footage, and property value, but for those looking to map the city’s history and potential future it is an incredible resource.
Urban Layers, showing the Cooper Union Foundation Building in red and newest buildings in blue (screenshot by the author)
Now several projects are utilizing PLUTO to experiment with visualizing the development of New York City. One of the most recent is called Urban Layers. Created by the architectural practice Morphocode, it merges the PLUTO data with NYC building footprints to create an interactive map of the development of buildings in Manhattan (along with Governors, Randalls, and Roosevelt islands) going back to 1765…

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Councillor hoping to talk things out with those for and against Inglewood condo development | 660News

CALGARY, AB - The city councillor for Inglewood is hoping to clear up some misconceptions about a luxury condo project facing stiff opposition from residents.
Ward 9′s Gian-Carlo Carra says it’s a misnomer to call it a tower since the proposed 22.5 metre high building is only eight feet off from what’s allowed in an existing by-law.
He says a letter distributed by the Inglewood Community Association inaccurately claimed he was not supporting them, when in fact, Carra hasn’t made his mind up about the development.
Carra said the letter also suggested shadowing from the structure would be a massive issue.
‘What the proponent has proven is that the 22.5 metre building that they are proposing will shadow the backyards of the homes on 8th Ave. across the alley, no more than the 20-metre building that they are allowed to build today,” he said…

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Too tall for Inglewood? Proposed Calgary condo concerns neighbours via @CTVCalgary

CALGARY, AB - A proposed 9 Ave. S.E. condominium complex has some Inglewood residents worried the project could cast an unfavourable shadow on the neighbourhood.
If approved, Avli on Atlantic will be the tallest building in the area and the 22.5 metre structure will exceed the Inglewood Development Plan’s current maximum height allowance.
Developers are asking Calgary City Council to grant an easement allowing for the condo building to be erected as planned, eclipsing the 20 metre height limit.
Some people who live in the shadow of the proposed building fear a height allowance exception could lead to further development…
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Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – October 2014

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been posted |

Thank you @blogto for shout out about Air India Memorial > 10 secret things you might not know existed in Toronto | BlogTO

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image by Ralph Bouwmeester

TORONTO, ON - There are few truly secret places in a city the size of Toronto, but we nevertheless remain fascinated by that which is under the radar, under appreciated or just out of plain sight. Such is the case with this list. Toronotophiles might not find many surprises here, but those whose interest in the city's history and streetscape is more passive, will likely discover a host of intriguing new things to explore. Even as we have published similar lists in the past, the city is continually revealing itself, and it remains impossible to exhaust its various hidden pleasures in but a few posts.

Here are 10 "secret" things that you might not know existed in Toronto…

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Sunset in Toronto on Thanksgiving Weekend is about 6:39 pm.

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Torontohenge is coming up on October 25th

TORONTO, ON - On October 25, 2014, the sun sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets offering photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as it perches on the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street.  Sunset is at 6:18 pm EDT.

Although Torontohenge technically falls on October 25th, great photos can be taken in the days leading up to the 25th as the sun hovers directly above the street prior to sunset.

The photo below is a rendering showing the time and position of the sun (approx.) when it is in line with east-west streets between October 15th and 25th.  As you can see, there are lots of opportunities for great shots shortly after 6 pm…torontohenge graphic

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How to Take Great Photographs of the October 23rd Partial Solar Eclipse and More | Universe Today Partial solar eclipse, North Cascades National Park WA

stock image via Wikimedia Commons

Get those solar viewers out… the final eclipse of 2014 occurs this Thursday on October 23rd, and most of North America has a front row seat. Though this solar eclipse will be an exclusively partial one as the Moon takes a ‘bite’ out the disk of the Sun, such an event is always fascinating to witness. And for viewers across the central U.S. and Canada, it will also provide the chance to photograph the setting crescent Sun along with foreground objects…

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Tulane Students Upcycle Traffic Signs into Shade Canopy via @archdaily 

TULANE, LA - Tulane City Center and a team of Tulane architecture students worked together with the Lousiana Outdoor Outreach Program to design a shade structure made from traffic yield signs for a challenge course in City Park. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding tree canopy and the structure of the ropes course, the design team crafted a faceted, curving aluminum canopy suspended by steel cables with an earthen berm for seating below…

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Possibility of Torontohenge combined with Solar Eclipse tonight (Oct 23) just before sunset in Toronto

Toronto Halloween sunset 6:10pm. Other locations here >

Ottawa Halloween sunset 5:51pm. Other locations here >

Latest sunrise of the year in Toronto this Saturday, Nov 1st - 7:53 am.

Drivers and parents: Barrie Halloween sunset at 6:09pm.

Latest sunrise of the year in Barrie this Saturday, Nov 1st - 7:56 am.

Sunrise is later now than in the dead of winter.

Cheers, Ralph

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Back to Standard Time

Ready for the long weekend?  Our clocks move back an hour this weekend - technically at 2:00 am Sunday morning November 2nd.

More details here >

Cheers, Ralph

Friday, October 10, 2014

Torontohenge October 2014


On October 25, 2014, the sun sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets offering photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as it perches on the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street.  Sunset is at 6:18 pm EDT.

Although Torontohenge technically falls on October 25th, great photos can be taken in the days leading up to the 25th as the sun hovers directly above the street prior to sunset.

The photo below is a rendering showing the time and position of the sun (approx.) when it is in line with east-west streets between October 15th and 25th.  As you can see, there are lots of opportunities for great shots shortly after 6 pm.  (Click photo for larger view.)

Share your pictures on Twitter by sending them to @sunposition using the hashtag #Torontohenge.  You may also e-mail them directly to us at

torontohenge graphic


Cheers, Ralph

2014 Halloween Sunset Times


2014 Halloween sunset times for select Canadian and US cities:



Calgary AB

6:11 p.m. MDT

Charlottetown PEI

5:59 p.m. ADT

Edmonton AB

6:02 p.m. MDT

Halifax NS

6:04 p.m. ADT

Ottawa ON

5:51 p.m. EDT

Quebec City PQ

5:30 p.m. EDT

Regina SK

5:35 p.m. CST*

St. John NB

6:13 p.m. ADT

St. John's NL

5:45 p.m. NDT

Sault Ste. Marie ON

6:23 p.m. EDT

Toronto ON

6:09 p.m. EDT

Vancouver BC

5:52 p.m. PDT

Winnipeg MB

6:07 p.m. CDT

* no Daylight Time observed in SK



Chicago IL

5:46 p.m. CDT

Denver CO

5:59 p.m. MDT

Houston TX

6:35 p.m. CDT

Miami FL

6:40 p.m. EDT

New York City NY

5:53 p.m. EDT

San Diego CA

5:58 p.m. PDT

San Francisco CA

6:12 p.m. PDT


Happy Trick or Treating!

Cheers, Ralph