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I I I Courtesy artwork Catalil a Rccr < h: nal S JMlnar Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny 76/64 75/64 76/66 76/66 72/62 69/59 71/61 Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% 10-2131415161718191 O-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High. 11+: Extreme Exposure Date ~ Low Normals Precip 8/1 91R 62 77/60 0.00" 8/2 88 75 77/60 0.00" 8/3 86 70 77/60 0.00" 8/4 80 70 77/60 0.00" 8/5 i73 62 77/60 0.00" 8/6 71 60 77/60 0.00" 8/7 77 60 78/61 0.00" What state leads the nation in tornado touchdowns ? "ep.uold :aaa~V Aug. 11~ 1988 - Moisture from what : remained of Tropical Storm Beryl resulted in torrential rains across eastern Texas. Twelve and a half inches of rain deluged Enterprise, [ Texas, which was more than the amount received there during the previous eight months. Today we will see mostly sunny skies, high temperature of 76, humidity of 70%. West Day southwest wind 3 to 6 mph, The record high Fri temperature for today is 93 set in 2003. Expect Sat mostly cloudy skies tonight, overnight low of 64. Sun West southwest.wind 2 to 5 mph. The record low Mort for tonight is 52 set in 2010. Saturday, skies will" Tue be mostly sunny, high temperature of 75, Wed humidity of 73%. Light winds. Saturday night, Thu skies will be mostly cloudy, overnight low of 64. Light winds. Sunday, skies will be mostly sunny, high temperature of 76, humidity of 68%. Light winds. PM 2:49-4:493:13-5:13 3:37-5:37 4:02-6:02 4:27-6:27 4:53-6:53 5:19-7:19 5:45-7:45 6:13-8:13 6:41-8:41 7:09"-9:09 7:38-9:38 8:08-10:08 8:38-10:38 Avalon Catalina Harbor Day ~ Lo__ww ~gh Low Day ~gh Low High Low Fri 12:45 pm 6:21 amNone 6:33 pm Fri 12:50 pm 6:29 amNone 6:41 pm Sat 12:23am6:56am l:27pm 7:38pm Sat 12:28am7:04am l:32pm 7:46pm Sun 1:21 am7:37 am2:17 pm9:01 pm Sun 1:26 am7:45 am2:22 pm9:09pm Mon 2:43am 8:28am 3:18pm 10:36pm Mun 2:48am 8:36am 3:23pm 10:44pm Tue 4:37 am9:37 am4:26 pm11:59 pm Tue 4:42 am9:45 am4:31 pmNone Wed 6:21am ll:00am5:34pm None Wed 6:26am 12:07am5:39pm 11:08am Thu 7:30am 1:02am 6:34pm 12:15pm Thu 7:35am 1:10am 6:39pm 12:23pm Day Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Last ~ Fri 6~. 7~. ~ ~ ~ First 8/14 Sat 6:14 a.m.7:42 p.m. 10:58 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 8/29 Sun 6:15 a.m.7:41 p.m. 11:37 p.m. 12:02 p.m. Mon 6:15 a.m.7:40 p.m.Prev Day 1:06 p.m. New Tue 6:16 a.m.7:39 p.m.12:20 a.m. 2:11 p.m.~.~ 8/21 Wed 6:17a.m. 7:38p.m. l:07a.m. 3:15p.m. ~:~ 916 Thu 6:17 a.m.7:36 p.m.2:00 a.m.4:18 p.m. Dating back to 1964 when m, cousin John and I planned for months to see them, watching the August Perseid Meteor Shower has been ~tn annual tradition. Johnny lived north of Allentown near the Trojan Chemical Company which produced its share of bangs as batches of explosives were tested during the manufaeaa-ing ~s. tXart of the fun was just staying up and talking, but this first all_nighter under the heavans probably helped i~ to cement my choi.ce, to0! The day of the evening of our viewing was stormy, but near sundown, the sky miraculously cleared, and had career we a remarkably transparent mght waft3 plenty of meteors to keep the adrenaline flowing. I still vividly remember an early morning fireball which lit up the sky and produced a trail of ionized air that glowed for at least 10 seconds. We were yelling and screaming. In 1969, I veatmed with friend, Mark Adams, to Pulpit Roek Astronomical Park owned by the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society of Allentown. This was my first scientific observation of the Perseids. Pulpit Rock is located west of the city and on Hamburg (PA) Reservoir land. The site was in its infancy then, with a rough and tumble dirt road that boasted a steep, t7-degree grade at its base. That was always a challenge for my Corvair to navigate, but it was nothing compared to the unanticipated muddy patch of roadway encountered before the hill. I rewed the engine to gain momentum, but only got about three quarters of the way through before coming to a stoptires spinning mud everywhere. Trying to push my car didnt seem to be a viable option, the nearest house was at least a mile distant, and it was getting dark. I paused for a moment, listening to the crickets, but I also heard the sound of an approaching engine. Around the bend appeared an old pickup truck complete with a winch, owned by the Hamburg Reservoir caretaker, Ralph Althouse. You boys want to be pulled towards or away from the mountain? be yelled. Towards, I shouted exuberantly. During the next 10 hours. I saw 219 shooting stars, my record for an evening of mateor watching. This y6ar, the mornings of August 12 and 13 will have the highest Perseid rates, but unfortunately, a bright waning gibbous moon will also be accompanying the sky show. Face away from Luna and view near the zenith. Depetmling upon the time of observation, Persnids will appear to track backwards towards a vanishing point in the NE to east Youll miss the faint ones ~ of moonlight, but occasionally a fireball scorching the starry heavens will make the night a memorable one. BY DAVID JINKENS through grant fundingmeans less FOR THE ISLANDER SCE matching dollars needed and less impact on Avalon rate-payers. A new city designation will SCE continues to examine the cost benefit of desal water storage allow Avalon more access to grant funding to support desalination options as it prepares to submit its on the Island. application for funding. The City Council in Avalon At this time the state has not continues to pursue funding determined the potential reduc- for improvements to the desali- tion in required match for the nization facilities operated by upcoming Desalinated Grants Southern California Edison. being submitted by SCE. In some cases, the usual 50 percent match Applications for State Proposition 1 funds are due Sept. 1 with is completely eliminated. grant fund award notices going At the Sept. 5 meeting of the out in December or by January City Council, City Attorney Scott 2018. Campbell will present an agree- The City Council supports ment with the county and SCE for funding for desalinization and a $500,000 gift awarded by LA storage improvements that will County for construction of Desai make Avalon "drought-proof." 2. During the meeting a report That goal becomes closer to real- will be given on the unit's current ity if the state funds desal facil- output calculations. ity improvements that will be Preliminary figures show requested by SCE. Desai 2 as able to serve Avalon's This week, the City's Grant average peak demand. Currently, Manager Audra McDonald peak demand is only 300,000 learned thatthe State of California gallons thanks to the citizens of Department of Water Resources Avalon's discipline and conserva- approved the City of Avalon's tion habits.With well rehabilita- request to be recognized as a tion and renovations to Desai 1, DAC and EDC. Thanks to these Avalon is getting closer and closer designations, the City and SCE to sustainability and becoming a will be eligible, if grant funds are drought-proof community. awarded, for a higher percentage David Jinkens is the city man- of funding. More dollars available ager of Avalon. FOR THE ISLANDER extended weekend, with the usual issues resulting from overindul- July 1 was a bittersweet day for gence. However, no serious injuries Avalon Harbor Patrol. It was Harbor were recorded. Master Brian Bray's last day after The weather was fairly mild for 38 years of service to the depart- July. The hottest day was the 9th at ment (yes, he was just a boy when 85 and the coolest day was on the he started). Brian is going to enjoy 1st at 67. The water temperature his retirement on the island, spend- went from 66 at the beginning of ing lots of time with his three grow- the month to the mid 70s by the end ing boys. Everyone here wishes him of the month. a happy and healthy retirement! Assistant Harbor Master July 2017 stats are as follows: Poindexter is the Interim Harbor Master until a new harbor master is People aboard boats--9,720 appointed by the city manager and Citations Issued/Discharges--4/0 approved by the City Council. Vessels Moored--2,430 The Fourth of July parades, Vessels Anchored--209 one by land and One by sea, were Moorings Sold/Transferred--3 enjoyed by all. With the 4th on a Average Temp, High--72 Tuesday, the harbor was full over Average Temp, Low--64 the four days. Both Carnival Cruise Average Sea Temp--70 ships were at anchor to enjoy the Weather Warnings--0 great fireworks show. Thank you Rain Days--0 to all who contributed to the fire- Rain--0.00 works! Total Cruise Ship Passengers-- There was a lot going on over the 24,039 I$ ; Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER