Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Picture Perfect for TV-18's Day of Caring & the Morning Eclipse

The Chavez Family thanking the Weatherman for a perfect day!

It was a memorable day and it is a good thing the weather cooperated! Today our television station took part in a Habitat for Humanity project. We were building a home for the Chavez family. This is a big year for them. Not only are they looking forward to their first home, but their first baby is due in December. Mr. Chavez told me this will be the best Christmas ever for him and his wife. I was very proud to be a part of this project and our station is involved with this project to show a small token of our appreciation. Without you the community we would not even exist. We are Lafayette proud and it is not just a slogan, but a way of life.

The blue shirts of WLFI hard at work!

Kappa Sigma assisted us and became the first Purdue organization to sponsor a Habitat home

Hopefully this becomes an annual event. I not only hammered away this morning with my co-workers, but helped to raise the dry wall! I still have all ten fingers and I have Sue Scott to thank for that. She was one of our best workers and even made sure I used galvenized nails when necessary. I made sure everybody had enough water and stayed hydrated when it started to heat up. But overall I will remember it as one of my best days ever since becoming a television meteorologist in 1995! This even beats being on the beach during a hurricane, by a long shot. I want to thank Doug Taylor, who is the executive director and all the volunteers. This was also a special home because it was the 150th home Habitat for Humanity has built in Lafayette and their goal is to build 85 more in the next 5 years! The future certainly is bright.

Nature certainly came through for our weather team today. It may have been close to 90 degrees, but the low humidity made it just right for building a home. This morning everybody is still talking about the lunar eclipse. In case you missed it, here are a few pictures you can enjoy!

Courtesy of Bill Snyder

Wow, what a sight! A total lunar eclipse only happens about twice a year and the next one will not take place until February. What you are looking at is the earth's atmosphere being projected on the moon. If you were on the moon you would notice the earth blocking most of the sunlight and you would be able to see all of the earth's sunrises and sunsets taking place at the same time! This gives the moon its special glow. The more storms on earth the darker the red-orange or coppery color.

Courtesy of Schven Bigosh of White County

Schven did a picture timelapse for us from when the lunar eclipse started to when it finished. It certainly looks like somebody took a big bite out of the moon!

It was amazing how fast the moon seemed to be disappearing.

The moon's just about eclipsed.

Eclipse completed!

This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2007, and for the next one in 2008 you will need a heavy coat because it takes place on February 21, 2007. Now we can focus on the upcoming holiday weekend! I think we willl have plenty to smile about like Mollly below. She was the winner of the biggest doggie smile contest at Columbian Park last week.

Tonight, I will give you plenty to smile about. See you soon and thanks for reading.

1 comment:

Todd Stapleton said...

Love the doggie smile! I laughed lots.