Monday, April 6, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – March 2015

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


Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290


Driving With Sun Glare | Consumer Reports via @AutomotiveFleet

Next Sunday, March 8, most Americans will “spring forward” and change their clocks and watches to Daylight Savings Time. While there are certainly benefits to having longer days, this shift may also increase driving risks associated with sun glare.

Of course, sun glare is already a major problem in many areas right now because of the presence of highly reflective snow and ice. This hazard is especially pronounced just after sunrise and just before sunset.

Vision Council of America (VCA) offers the following tips for motorists to help reduce the dangers caused by sun glare:

  • Drive cautiously and leave a proper distance to ensure ample reaction time.   
  • Make it a habit to lower visors to help block some of the reflected light.   
  • Avoid using high-gloss vinyl cleansers on dashboards.   
  • Keep the car windshield clean and the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.   
  • When possible, take an alternate route lined with tress or tall buildings in lieu of one with extreme glare.   
  • Turn on headlights to reduce the possible poor visibility of oncoming drivers.   
  • Most importantly, wear sunglasses at all times when sun glare is a problem. Even more important is to wear sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce glare, and lenses with UV protection to shield the eyes from damage.

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Looks like sun glare can cause crashes in more ways than one >

Beware: snow, ice and even sunlight can prove disabling to most collision mitigation systems

Collision mitigation systems are becoming more and more popular on even the mundane entries and offerings of the automotive world. Lane departure warning and assist, forward collision warning and active braking, blind spot monitoring and rearview cameras have all rooted themselves on option sheets next to power moon-roofs and tri-zone climate control…

But on our Canadian roads, especially with inclement weather, how well do these systems operate when the snow blows, or the fog sets in, or even when the sun is shining?…

One of the latest technologies, Subaru’s EyeSight system, is prone to being disabled due to sun glare…

http://t.co/KNIl6Om1XN


Sun glare blamed in chain-reaction crash on I-70 | WHIO

 DAYTON, OH - Sun glare is being blamed for a multiple-vehicle, chain-reaction accident on I-70 West at the I-675 South on ramp that sent three people to a hospital, the Ohio Highway Patrol said…

http://t.co/x3XhGtSuIi


Sun Glare Causes Two-Vehicle Crash on Route 322, Clintonville Man Injured

ELK TOWNSHIP, PA – According to Clarion-based State Police, around 8:04 a.m. on March 6, a two-vehicle accident occurred on State Route 322 (28th Division Highway), 49 feet west of Township Road 770, in Elk Township, Clarion County.

Police say 21-year-old Dillon M. Giesler, of Clintonville, and 47-year-old John M. Beabout, of Rimersburg, were involved in the collision.

According to police, Giesler was traveling east on SR 322 in the eastbound lane, and due to the sun glare, he failed to see traffic stopped in front of him…

http://t.co/89MeKD4qP8


After the time change it will be darker for the morning commute in the 2nd week of March.  Prepare for low sun until after 8:30 in Toronto  ...and late afternoons in Toronto especially after 6:15


Frosted windshield and sun glare dangerous combo >

Boy on bike hit by truck near Aurora school | 9News

AURORA, CO – A 11-year-old boy riding his bike to school was seriously injured after he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Florence Street Monday morning. 

Police say the boy was hit by a man driving a blue Ford-150 who was dropping his child off at the nearby Aurora West College Preparatory Academy.

The man hit the victim while he was making a right turn onto westbound 13th Avenue, police say. Security footage shows the boy not stopping before crossing 13th Avenue.

The truck appeared to have a significant amount of fresh frost on the windshield, according to Aurora Police. This may have limited the driver's vision. Sun glare could have also contributed to the crash.

Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with head trauma, and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Charges against the driver are pending.

http://t.co/pOkaSEa3ZR


Sun glare possible factor >

Lancaster motorcycle crash still under investigation

A 43-year-old Lancaster Township man was "showing signs of improvement," a day after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Lancaster city… 

Radmore said investigators planned to return to the crash site around 5 p.m. - about the time of the crash - Monday in an attempt to determine if sun glare was a factor in the wreck…

http://t.co/00IwgfAifa


Sun can present glaring problem for NASCAR drivers

(published April 23, 2005 by Deseret News)

AVONDALE, AZ - Anyone who drives a car has at one time or another been at least momentarily blinded by the glare of setting sun.

Try having that happen at 150 mph.

"I noticed yesterday in practice the sun was coming under the grandstands right in your eyes," said Rusty Wallace, who will join 42 of his NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors in Saturday's Subway Fresh 500 — a 312-mile (500-kilometer) race that will begin in daylight and end under the new lights at Phoenix International Raceway.

The problem in Thursday's evening practice came between 6 and 6:30 p.m., which will be about one hour into today's race. Unless the day turns out overcast, as Friday did, that could lead to problems.

"You're right up against the wall, and that was really touch and go," Wallace explained. "When you've got sunlight right in your face going into turn one, that's one thing. You know kind of what to expect. But when you're wide open in the throttle coming off (turn) four and the sun is glaring in your eyes and you have to make a turn there, I think that's the tough turn."

It's just the latest sun problem faced by Cup drivers as NASCAR continues moving races into TV's prime-time hours on the East Coast.

"It will be a bit of a problem, but this race is not as bad as Darlington and Fontana," Jamie McMurray said. "At those tracks, the glare is real bad and lasts a lot longer."

Series points leader Jimmie Johnson is among the drivers who have mixed feelings about the trend toward starting races in the late afternoon.

"The reason I like it is because of the changing track surface," Johnson said. "I think that the more difficult you make it for the drivers and the teams, the better. You have to have those challenges.

"I love going to Lowe's Motor Speedway, where you start in the day and go into night for the (Coca-Cola) 600. The track changes so much you have to be on top of things to do your job. But, as far as the sun, especially at Phoenix, that is the hardest time to see. And it is going to be really, really tough to start that race and to know where you are relative to other cars. That is going to be a pretty tough challenge."

Johnson said the sun was so bright he had to have his spotter tell him what was in front of his No. 48 Chevrolet going into turn three last fall at California Speedway.

"I couldn't see the cars in front of me," he said. "That is the first time I have ever had to have someone tell me where cars were in front of me, and that is just not a safe situation."

NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said the sanctioning organization is very aware of the situation, but that officials are counting on the ingenuity of the Cup teams to ease the problem.

"These guys know what they'll be facing and they have dark face shields for their helmets and some other things to keep from being blinded," Hunter said. "I'm sure our officials will be keeping a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't become a big problem."

Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon thinks it might already be a big problem.

"I love night racing, but I'm extremely concerned with the starting times of these races," Gordon said. "I don't think they're taking the competitors into account enough because they're not recognizing how the sun sets and how blinding it is at these racetracks.

"I think they need to be pushing these times back later or they need to find a way to block the sun for us because we can't put enough things on the windshield or our helmets to block it."

But defending series champion Kurt Busch said he isn't too concerned about facing the glare of the setting sun.

"It's going to be tough looking at the sun for awhile, but that's the direction of our sport," Busch said. "If we start the race here at 8 o'clock, it'd be 11 back East, so it's something where the drivers will have to put up with it for a little bit.

"But then it'll be a great race, in prime time Saturday night, for the fans that'll be watching it here or the fans watching on East Coast television."

http://t.co/fzOFrKN2qn

> Here's a sun angle diagram I prepared for last fall's (November 2014) NASCAR race at Phoenix Raceway

http://www.sunposition.com/NASCAR/NASCAR_Sun_Angle_Diagram.html

> The sun will be in line with the front straightaway at around 4:35pm MT in this weekend's NASCAR race @PhoenixRaceway. Hopefully the race will be done by then.


5 reasons why Daylight Saving Time week is dangerous for Portland area commuters | via @oregonian

Every year at about this time, firefighters use Daylight Saving Time to remind people to check the batteries in their smoke alarms. 

But springing forward is also a perfect time for commuters to reflect on road safety.

Here are five things to reflect on as we reset our clocks, schedule and bodies to new time…

read on > http://t.co/rcePVvUnFy


Even a big yellow school bus with flashing lights can be hard to see with sun glare >

Car crashes into bus, gets stuck underneath

 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - A car ended up stuck underneath a school bus after a rear-end crash Tuesday morning.  According to police, a D-11 school bus had stopped in front of an apartment building on Galley Rd. near Murray Blvd. to pick up students at 8:15 a.m., when it was hit by a car.  The bus had its flashers on and stop bar extended.

At the time of the crash, there were 29 middle school and elementary school age children on the bus.  There were no injuries to the students or to either driver.

It was reported to police that there was excessive sun glare at the time of the crash.

http://t.co/lUxJUgO6z0


No fault in aircrafts, pilots: Blinding sunlight responsible for Argentina crash | The Indian Express

The two helicopters had just taken off and were flying in tandem over some of Argentina’s most rugged terrain, carrying well-known French athletes and others who were participating in the popular TV reality show “Dropped.” 

Then one of the aircraft suddenly swerved, clipping the other and sending both plummeting to the ground in the foothills of the Andes and killing all 10 people on board.

The helicopters were in good condition and both Argentine pilots were qualified and experienced, family and officials said Tuesday, with speculation on why the collision happened ranging from blinding sunlight to the thermal updrafts that are common in the hot, cactus-filled landscape…

The aviation director La Rioja province, Daniel Gorkich, told The Associated Press that both aircraft were in good shape and that Castillo and the other pilot, Roberto Abate, were highly trained. He pointed to the afternoon sun and strong winds as possible factors in the accident.

At the moment of impact “the sun was setting on the Andes mountain range directly in front of them. Also this is an area with wind gusts,” Gorkich said…

http://t.co/0P7WL3E52N


How To Drive In Blinding Sunlight | Drivella

When driving under a late-afternoon sunset or early morning sunrise, one of the woes of a driver is blinding sunlight. This is a big problem because the sun glare is just too strong, making your eyes squint as you try hard to see the traffic ahead. To avoid accidents when confronted with this condition, it pays to remember some of this practical advice…

read on >  http://t.co/ejgRVkGzeh


Sun glare cited >

Rocker @thedavidcrosby injures jogger in car crash | via @nzherald

Rock legend David Crosby has seriously wounded a jogger after hitting him with his car.

The 73-year-old was driving near his home in Santa Ynez when he struck the 46-year-old male at a speed of 55mph…

The CHP are still investigating into what caused the crash, but officers reported that Crosby claimed he was momentarily blinded by sun glare and dint see Jimenez running on the right hand side of the road…

http://t.co/c5NL3JRJol


Sun just above horizon after curve >

At least 14 vehicles involved in pileup that shut down I-27

Northbound traffic on Interstate 27 was diverted to the frontage road for more than an hour Tuesday morning after at least 14 vehicles were involved in multiple accidents and a pileup on the overpass spanning South Washington Street. 

Between 7:28 a.m. and 7:55 a.m., Amarillo police responded to four accidents on northbound Canyon Drive between the Interstate 40 exit ramp and the Washington exit, Sgt. Brent Barbee said in a news release…

The sun was just climbing above the horizon as drivers whipped around the curve, affecting visibility and contributing to the wrecks, police said…

“Slowing down and creating space allows a cushion all around your vehicle to give you time and space not only in front, but also behind you,” Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Ray said.

Ray also cautioned drivers to use sunglasses and their vehicles’ sun visors when appropriate.

But most importantly, slow down, “especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic, and areas of reduced visibility such as crashes or sun glare,” Ray said.

Barbee advised drivers who travel on northbound I-27 to be aware of the hazard of the reduced visibility caused by the angle of the sun as it rises. When approaching a crash site, don’t “rubberneck” or try to take photos when passing a crash, Ray said…

http://t.co/bHKKXXHhh6


Sunglare Blamed For Kearney Hill Accident

Sunglare is blamed for an accident this morning near 12th Corso and Second Street north of Arborview Apartments. 

A Jeep SUV with three passengers was traveling toward the sun when it struck a parked vehicle…

http://t.co/7t3KV9zfAC


Driver missed stop sign >

Sun's Glare Causes Serious Car Accident In Aurora

Aurora police are investigating a serious car accident that occurred at the intersection of South Peoria Street and East Arkansas Avenue Friday.

An adult female driver ran through the intersection after missing a stop sign on East Arkansas Avenue. She could not see it because of the sun in her eyes, and struck a car traveling on South Peoria Avenue…

http://t.co/KUGBBOtuGo

> Here's an example of what a stop sign can look like against a setting sun

Embedded image permalink

photo by Ralph Bouwmeester

http://www.sunposition.com/samples/sun_glare_driving.html


Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – March 2015

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

Check out our weekly news summary “Sun, Shadow & Urban Development” at  http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376522926


Are We Building Skyscrapers Upside Down? | Fast Company

In a traditional skyscraper, the widest part of the building is at its base, and as the building climbs taller, it tapers. This design is both a matter of greater structural stability and of urban priorities--buildings that take up less airspace dozens of stories above ground allow more sunlight down to the street below. But in a design for the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Bjarke Ingels Group proposes inverting this time-tested design tradition to make room for more views and a courtyard in the sky.

More importantly, the inverted structure provides an important climate control function. The wider parts of the tower at the top are designed to act as a sun shade for the lower floors, creating a passive cooling effect that could potentially be harnessed in warm, sunny environments elsewhere around the world…

The design works because it's taller than its surroundings, but it's easy to see how this might backfire. It's structured like an umbrella shading the ground below. In tropical Malaysia, this is a positive attribute: the larger sections of the tower shade the rest of the skyscraper. That provides passive cooling and protection from the glare of the sun, reducing the need for of extra glazing or interior shades. However, it's probably not the answer for colder climates. A giant sun shade would do little good in a snowy region, nor would it work for super-dense, tall cities where wide skyscraper tops would put the streetscape in eternal shadow.

http://t.co/EUL2DrGuj7


Inglewood condo plan opposed by community leader | CBC Calgary

CALGARY, AB - Calgary city council is discussing a proposed residential project in Inglewood Monday that has some area residents upset…

The seven-storey design exceeds the local height limit by 2.5 metres. Bakelaar said allowing that would set a dangerous precedent…

A spokesman says since the project was approved by council at first reading, the developer has been working with area residents and making adjustments, such as reducing the shadow the building casts northward.

http://t.co/JwJJXD3rwh


Here's what Mayor John Tory thinks about land use and development in Toronto | via @buzzbuzzhome

TORONTO, ON - Though transit might be the top issue on the minds of Torontonians, we’d argue that city growth and development runs a close second. Case in point: the enormous crowd that turned out at the open house for the Honest Ed’s redevelopment.

The Urban Land Institute invited Mayor John Tory to discuss these issues at its seventh fireside chat (the sold out event attracted more than 400 people).

Here’s what the the 65th mayor of the city had to say about the changing shape of Toronto…

http://t.co/d1yC5sKHim


5 things we learned about Westbank's early concepts for the Honest Ed's site in Toronto | via @buzzbuzzhome 

TORONTO, ON - Westbank’s vision for its mega-sized redevelopment at Bloor and Bathurst, which includes the iconic Honest Ed’s discount store, will not involve a single condo tower. More than 500 curious Torontonians packed into the developers’ public open house on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Park Hyatt Hotel to see the early proposals. 

Though an official development proposal likely won’t be filed until fall of this year, the early concepts for the site call for 1,000 purpose-built rental units.

When news broke in October 2013 that the Vancouver-based developer had bought the 4.4-acre site, many real estate watchers assumed the Annex intersection would end up having some kind of condo component given Westbank’s history building the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto and Kensington Gardens and 188 Keefer St. on the west coast.

The residential side of the redevelopment is just one part of what’s shaping up to be an ambitious undertaking with architect Gregory Henriquez designing the multiple buildings and Janet Rosenberg taking care of the landscape architecture.

Here’s what we know now:

read on > http://t.co/eA0D4rrbT7


Brooklyn Heights Library Meeting Reveals Schedule; Much Still to be Resolved | Brooklyn Heights Blog

Last evening’s meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library had few surprises. The final design of the proposed structure is far from complete, although it has been decided that it will be “taller and skinnier” than earlier renderings showed…

Toba Potosky, a resident of Concord Village, expressed concern about the shadow the building would cast on that location. Mr. Kramer said a shadow impact study would be conducted. He noted that making the building taller and thinner would reduce the area the shadow affected…

No date has been set for the next Community Advisory Committee meeting, but it is expected to be sometime in May.

http://t.co/qj7NRWkdYN


Approved: Close call for Downtown Madison hotel | WSJ

MADISON, WI - Madison’s complicated and fussy approval process for building projects won’t stop a stylish Downtown hotel from going up. 

That’s a relief.

After a slew of city meetings, multiple revisions by the developer and close votes, North Central Group just won City Council permission for a 164-room Marriott AC hotel a block off the Capitol Square.

The hotel with a lounge, restaurant and other public spaces — some high up in the building with great views of the Capitol — will be a huge improvement on the vacant Pahl Tire Co. site at the corner of East Washington Avenue and North Webster Street.

Just as cool: The developer didn’t ask the city for any tax incremental financing, which would have slowed property taxes from the project to local governments.

Only six months ago, the developer had shelved the proposal after the city Plan Commission voted 5-4 against it, citing concerns about height, shadows and valet parking. Some commissioners also worried about the hotel’s close proximity to the nearby Lamp House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmark.

Most people don’t know about or see the mid-block Lamp House when they walk by. A shade study suggested the hotel could cast a partial shadow on the house's roof for a couple of hours a day.

That wasn’t a compelling reason to nix the project, Commissioner Michael Heifetz convincingly contended last fall: “I’m not willing to bow at the altar for a few feet of shadows on the Lamp House,” he said.

“I understand historical things, but I don’t understand putting them ahead of the city’s interest.”

Unfortunately, he didn’t get his way. His side was one vote short. So the project appeared dead. And this was the second developer to consider and then drop plans.

But three months later, the developer returned with improved plans that addressed some of City Hall’s concerns.

The developer was flexible and, in the end, so were most city officials. The Plan Commission recommended the revised proposal with a 5-3 vote, and the City Council voted 13-7 in favor two weeks ago. They allowed a taller building because of “exemplary design.”

Congratulations, Madison, on making this happen. The Marriott AC is going to be a great addition to our city.

http://t.co/gN5JKySJ8L


New renderings reveal massive tower on Stollerys site | via @blogto

TORONTO, ON - Developer Sam Mizrahi is thinking very big when it comes to the future of the Stollerys site at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor. How big? Well, if approved as proposed, the structure would become the second tallest in the city behind only the CN Tower. The One, as it's been dubbed, would feature 8 storeys of luxury retail topped by 72 floors of residential units. 

The design by Foster Partners and Toronto's Core Architects is as bold as its projected size. Framed by what's being described as a steel exoskeleton, the massive building would feature column-free floors, which Mizrahi believes will be highly attractive to marquee retailers…

http://t.co/juBOtp7iNh


Councillor: Building will cast significant shadow >

The One, 80-storey condo, pitched for Toronto's Yonge-Bloor corner

TORONTO, ON - A proposed 80-storey condo tower at the corner of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto would be the tallest residential tower in Canada if approved, and the design is already polarizing people in the area.

Developer Sam Mizrahi showed off plans for the massive tower, dubbed The One, at a community meeting on Wednesday night. The building would shoot up at the corner where the Stollerys building stood for more than 100 years before it was controversially torn down earlier this year…

The tower, if built as planned, would stand 318 metres tall.

For those familiar with Toronto skyscrapers, that’s taller than the First Canadian Place tower, the massive (and city council-approved) Mirvish-Gehry towers set to rise from King Street West and the recently finished 78-storey Aura condo located at Yonge at Gerrard St…

But for now, area Coun. Kristin Wong-Tam said it’s still just the developer’s "dream" as far as city council and staff are concerned.

"Right now all that’s before planners are some images,” Wong-Tam told CBC Radio's Metro Morning, noting that while it’s an "attractive, modernist" building there are still plenty of studies required before work begins.

The height of the building, she said, would cast a significant shadow…

http://t.co/FYS7sQQl5e


Build A Skyscraper That Casts No Shadow? We Can Do That, Architects Say

 LONDON, UK - Tall buildings can be beautiful, but the big gloomy shadows they cast can leave urban centers starved of sunlight.

Now a London-based architecture firm says it's hit upon a way around that problem. The firm devised a plan to build paired skyscrapers in such a way that sunlight reflected by one fills in the shadow of the other. Brilliant!

Though the shadow of the building that is reflecting sunlight would remain, calculations show that the concept would reduce the total amount of shade produced by the buildings by up to 60 percent, according to the NBBJ firm. And the shadow-erasing reflections work as the sun changes position during the day…

http://t.co/NRvvZm8WrV


Great idea if executed properly >

The skyscraper of the future won't cast a shadow

LONDON, UK - Growing cities around the world are going up rather than out, leading to taller and taller skyscrapers. The new era of the mega-skyscraper has bought a more efficient way of building homes, offices and retail malls, but has also cast a shadow (quite literally) on the streets below, much to the ire of people living and working below. The solution: buildings that work together to reflect light and thus minimise shade on the ground. This new architectural marvel could mean that we no longer have to live in the shadows of big business.

http://t.co/efODZpvQDd


Architects design skyscraper that doesn't cast a shadow

LONDON, UK - As our cities become denser, mega-condos and corporate towers increasingly cut across the skyline — with each project blotting out another bit of the sun on the streets below. But what if you could build a no-shadow skyscraper instead?..

The south tower would act as a reflective mirror, casting light exactly where a shadow from the south building would normally appear. The north tower would still cast a shadow, however…

http://t.co/O9zvsjM5IE


Not used to 'upside down' shadows >

James Packer's proposed tower to cast a long shadow at Barangaroo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - James Packer's $2 billion tower at Barangaroo would literally be throwing shade at its competitor, documents show.

Crown Limited's proposed hotel, casino and apartment complex would extend a shadow as far as Sydney's only existing casino at Pyrmont, according to modelling lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment…

The shadow diagrams have been submitted as part of the latest changes mooted for Barangaroo South - required to bring the hotel approved in 2010 on a pier over the harbour back onshore.

Known as "modification 8", the revised concept plan also seeks to increase the permitted height of the "landmark" hotel building from 170 metres to 275 metres.

"In order to achieve a similar landmark status for the relocated building, the proposed modification seeks to increase the height of the hotel building by 105 metres," the environmental assessment submitted by Lend Lease said.

"The modification will make the landmark hotel building the tallest tower on the site, and one of the tallest buildings in Sydney."…

The assessment said a key benefit of Mr Packer's development - located on an area previously approved for parkland - was that it minimised overshadowing of the southern cove and surrounding public areas "due to the massing being concentrated toward the north-west of the Barangaroo South".

http://t.co/YHfXzrW4C6


Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – March 2015

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 updated

http://www.sunposition.com/tables.html


Unwanted solar panels stop boy from using his room - Peterborough Telegraph

PETERBOROUGH, UK - A mother is fighting against solar panels which emit such a blinding glare that her son who has an eye condition cannot see in his own bedroom.

http://t.co/eCPVWazwy4


@MattTheLombax: Air India memorial sundial. Not sure when this was put in but I haven't been here in 4 years... pic.twitter.com/7OIykl2wFa

> RB: The AirIndia Flight182 Memorial sundial was unveiled by @pmharper on June 23, 2007

http://t.co/UJ5Ho22Gyu


County wants more time on wind issue

BAD AXE - More time will be given to make a decision on wind energy, which has taken center stage in recent months as one of the most divisive issues in Huron County.

The decision will be whether to put a halt to wind development for up to six months that would apply strictly to 16 county-zoned townships.

Two more public hearings have been scheduled, allowing residents, businesses and developers to weigh in again before county commissioners make a final decision…

The committee is focusing on revisions in setbacks, noise, shadow flicker and other regulations.

http://t.co/uZiGDaKw5Q


Over 12 hours of daylight in Toronto & Ottawa beginning Mar 18.


We're gaining over 3 minutes of daylight per day at this time year. Over 22 minutes per week. Bring it on!!!


The sun will be due south of Hawaii at the Spring Equinox on Mar 20 6:45 PM EDT


The annual path of the sun is over Sao Paulo on Dec 21, Quito on Mar/Sep 21, and just north of Havana on Jun 21.


The sun travels about 5200 km north between Dec 21 and Jun 21. It's halfway there at the Spring Equinox.


Solar eclipse expected to cause loss of 850 megawatts of solar power from UK's electricity supply network

 A near-total eclipse of the sun is set to thrill or disappoint millions tomorrow, depending on luck and the fickle British weather. 

Forecasters believe Wales and the Midlands might be treated to the best celestial show as the moon moves in front of the sun at around 9.30am, covering up to 97% of its surface.

Cloud is likely to cover all of the rest of the country, becoming thicker in the north - but no-one can predict when there might be a curtain-raising break in the cloud at any given location in the UK…

Despite the cloud, the event is expected to have a significant impact on the National Grid with a predicted loss of 850 megawatts of solar power from the electricity supply network.

http://t.co/ibYfX5VBws


Sun glare stops baseball game >

Finding a reasonable, viable solution - Hermiston Herald

HERMISTON, OR - A solution needs to be found for Hermiston baseball's glare problem.

The ending, if you could call it that, to Hermiston’s baseball game against Redmond Monday was weird, and it should never have happened.

The game was called because of the sun glaring off the roof of a storage building behind home plate…

http://t.co/vSxS1qbLwE


Cheers, Ralph