Sunday, March 22, 2015

#snowday #NJHSsports Day Forcast 3/23-28

Friday 8am:
Rest of the year*: Chance of a snow day 15*%,  Delay/Early Out 45*% 
Friday: Snow showers/rain  (chance of sports postponements due to wet fields)
Saturday:  chance of snow/rain showers, colder
This weeks average Tp: 45/28 

*Check back for updates !

Monday, March 16, 2015




Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 9-14 NW NJ #snowday? forecast

Thursday @11:15am:
Chance of another  #snowday this year is  ~55% till April 15th
Tuesday: Afternoon, cold rain
Wednesday: Best day of the week, 55 and sunny
Thursday Dry, average  temperatures, windy
Friday: Late afternoon  rain.     
Saturday: Cold rain most of the day

Check back for updates

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall prediction: Above Normal Temperatures:

N.O.A.A. prediction for this fall is ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES and average precipitation:

Monday, September 1, 2014

NOAA's long range "prediction" is for a normal winter

"NORMAL WINTER" is for ~60" of snow in northern Sussex/ Bergen Counties and about 40" in southern  Warren / Morris counties. This would translate to 2-5 Snow Days for the season. Mw

Sunday, March 16, 2014

#snowday Forecast March 16-22

Sunday 7am: Sunday: Pt sunny and cold 30s. Next week  All indications are for a strong storm to form off the New Jersey coast on Tuesday, its impact on NW NJ is still uncertain at this time. Next update by 11am Sunday 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

#snowday Forecast 3/2-3/8

Thursday 7pm: Rest of the week mostly dry with little chance of any significant snow. Temperatures will remain below normal with highs in the low 40s and lows in the teens.  Saturday temps near or above normal !  Next chance of snow looks like middle of next week. Next update if forecast changes.   Mw  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

#snowday Forecast for 2/23-3/1

Saturday 8am  No significant snow expected the rest of this week. Nighttime temperatures falling back to single digits. High temperatures still below average in the low 30s.

 **  A very good chance for snow is Sunday into most of Monday, at this time current forecast is for 6 inches. **   NEXT UPDATE: Saturday pm    Mw 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

UPDATED: #snowday Forecast 2/16-22

Fri 5am: THE WORSE IS OVER.... for this week. FRIDAY: FOG, Rain, some flooding possible...Watch out for "Black Ice" in the mornings as melting snow re-freezes overnight!   Rest of the week temperatures in the 40s, cloudy with some rain and maybe thunder on Friday. Next chance of snow is around Tuesday of next week. 

Check back for updates.  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NEXT WEEK'S WEATHER: (but first: A moon attack.... sort of)

video (45sec): FUNNY- ENJOY !   * weather forecast posted just below *

Astronauts Attacked By Monster On The Moon... by mistersexybuzz 

                           Weather Forecast BELOW 

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Old Famer's Almanac "predictions" for the winter 2013-2014

The 2013 Old Farmer's Almanac's predictions for snow for north-western New Jersey (Sussex County) & surrounding areas. NOTE: This is a "prediction" based on sunspots, past weather patterns & a current understand in meteorology. It is NOT a weather forecast based on current weather conditions

OCT: Above average temperatures, no snow predicted.
NOV: Chance of cold rain or snow showers beginning and end of the month, no major snow events
DEC: No major snow events: but multiple days of rain/snow followed by very cold conditions
JAN: Above average temperatures, no major snow events.
FEB: (1-3) Heavy rain or snow followed by very cold weather, (16-18th) another storm with snow possible, (21-22) another chance of snow
MARCH: snow showers early in the month, (17th) heavy rain

Overall: Winter should be cooler and drier than normal. Best chance of snow is in December and February. 

Graduation: JUNE: (22-30) Sunny & Hot with T-storms then cooler temperatures


Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

(Update) Coming this winter: "Comet Of the Century" ?

Updated:  As of September 15, 2013: Comet ISON does not expect to be a "Spectacular Comet"

Monday, April 1, 2013

PUT A FORK IN IT, Winter is done !

With temperatures expected to rise into the low 60s by early next week.  It is safe ( 95%) to say the chances of a "snow day"are near zero.  There is still a small chance of a delay due to icy conditions in the mornings.  NOTE: May 9, 1977 ( I was in college and disco was on the radio) we got 10" of snow at High Point.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wintery Mix: Monday afternoon into Tuesday

(Monday @ 9pm):   Snow tonight, 4-6"  before changing to sleet / freezing rain by morning and then possibly to just a cold rain before ending on Tuesday.  Conditions will be worse in areas above 800' and the more north you go.   Chance of Delay on Tuesday 70%, No Schools on Tuesday =40%.  Next Update if forecast changes. Mw   

Sunday, March 10, 2013

In the sky this week: Comet panSTARRS + SPACE STATION




Use link ^above^ to find the Space Station ( ISS) in the morning sky !
UPDATE 3/15 at 8am:  A Rain/Snow mix is forecasted for during the day Monday into Tuesday.    (next update by Sunday...TGIF Mw ) 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

                                            Yikes....Well tonight I hope I can do better.  

(Thursday @8pm):  Snow SHOULD begin by 6pm. 2-4"**  expected, mostly on grassy areas. **Temperatures need to fall below 30F for greater amounts, this may occur above 800' (top of Glen Rd and West Mnt. Rd) in elevation.  FRIDAY DELAY = 60%   NO SCHOOL =33%  Snow should end during the day on Friday.  NEXT UPDATE  if forecast changes  Mw

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"Snow Day" Forecast:

( UPDATED: Wed. @ 6pm):  Snow beginning tonight continuing (changing to sleet/rain at times) into into FRIDAY morning.  Total  by Friday of 2-4"  greatest on grassy areas, less on roads ;  DELAY ON THURSDAY 60  40 %, NO SCHOOL ON THURS. =33  < 20%, FRI. DELAY = 40%.  NEXT UPDATE: by noon on Thursday OR if forecast changes.     FRIDAY 2/15: Meteor hits Russian city over  250  500  1000 hurt (link: CNN: Video)    link: More Video clips from      ALMANAC: Sunrise times: Jan 7th 7:20,  Feb. 15th 6:49   March 9th 6:17  * Daylight Saving Time begins  March 10th.   3/11 @7:17,   4/1 @6:38,   6/14 (earliest sunrise) @5:22am

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Snow Day" Forecast

Friday @8pm :  (link) Weather Service issues a WINTER STORM WARNING for 10-14"  8-12". of snow, forecasts for  snow beginning Friday morning, heaviest snow later in the afternoon and at night, snow ending by mid morning on Saturday.  A 99% chance of at minimum an Early Dismissal and a 66% chance of NO SCHOOL on Friday.   Next chance of precipitation is Monday, could start in the morning as a period of Freezing Rain.     Update:  By Sunday morning.   Teachers Friday: BB   Latest Passes of the SPACE STATION over NJ

Monday, December 10, 2012

THE WORLD WILL END ON 12/21/2012 ..........not

Since the mid 1950s (when I was born) we have survived over 60 predictions of the end of the world. Odds are you will need to do your homework in 2013. (list of apocalyptic events)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Video Tribute to My Hometown; Garwood, NJ


                                             My Video Tribute to Garwood, New Jersey.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

30 Years as a Teacher: Thanks for the Memories !

(1986) My second year at Sparta HS
(2011) My Last Day, My Last Class

October 2007  Mrs Wilson and me
 (1998) Teacher Friends at My Wedding:
(b) Mr Karlberg, me, Mr Smith,  Mr Domareki
(f) Mr. Flanagan, Mr Peat and Mr. Yorkston

(2010) on Broadway with Mr Jarrell, Ms Wille, Mr Hardy, me, Lisa, Mrs Brokaw and Ms Wisniewski

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Aurora possible 9/8-9

There was a large solar explosion on the Sun this week, this could result in some satellite disruption and a possible Aurora ("North Lights") over NJ this Wednesday and Thursday nights. 
Link to story of the solar flare (space weather now link)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Space Duet, Friday Night on the Boardwalk and new poll question

A space duet on the flute with astronaut Cady Coleman on the space station and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.  They played together in celebration of "Yuri's Night", in honor of the first human space flight on April 12, 1961 of Yuri Gagarin.

This Friday (weather permitting) there will be an night observation session on the Lake Mohawk Boardwalk of Saturn and it's rings and also our Moon.  Time: 7:45-8:45.  Check this blog for updates on Friday.

New poll question:  Should Mr Worobetz shave off his beard before the end of the school year?

Periodic Table Activity: activity ES0501 classzone

Monday, February 14, 2011

Weather on Earth and in Space: Feb 14-18

There was a rather large explosion on the Sun this weekend (Coronal Mass Ejection, CME) this could result in a aurora (northern nights) in the night sky.  The chances are small 20%,  but it is well worth the look over the next 2-3 nights. The news article
Daily Space Weather Reports:

The weeks weather should give us ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (45-50F) with little to no chance of snow.(see links to the right for daily weather in Sparta)

Geophysics: FIRST TEST of the 3rd marking period last day of the cycle starting on Wednesday.

Astronomy:  Astronomical Distance Activity

Friday, January 28, 2011

Geophysics next class and Rutgers Open House this Saturday

Geophysics: Bring your textbook to the next classes.  Please have section 22.1 pg.773-777 ( Earth's Atmosphere) read before class.
Rutger's Geology Open House: This Saturday (1/29) , rock-mineral sales, museum open.'s free!

Astronomy reading: exoplanets (nasa)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 Warmest year ever in the Northern Hemisphere

This should warm you up, NOAA's climate report for 2010 reported the planet's temperature (both land and sea) were tied with 2005 for the warmest ever.  In Northern Hemisphere the average temperature were the highest ever recorded in the past 120+ years.  NOAA's 2010 climate report

Sparta's Climate: The last two weeks in January are statistically the coldest in NW NJ. Also, the days are now getting longer by about a minute per day, this will increase as we head toward spring.

Geophysics activity site:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

There will be a total lunar eclipse tonight over Sussex County.  The eclipse of the Moon will begin at at 1:33 am (Tuesday morning) and end at 5:01am.  The Moon will be totally eclipsed by the Earth's shadow from 2:41am till 3:53.   Some other interesting facts: The afternoon have begun to get a little longer (about a minute each day or two) since the earliest sunset occurred two weeks ago on Dec 9th.
Astronomical winter begins today (Dec 21)
December's Sky Chart

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Geophysics: Links for class

2.  "Name that Rock": (answer questions 1-10 in your notebook):
3. Rock "Scavenger Hunt" (questions 1-10 in your notebook    NOTE: go to bottom of page, then click on "Fun Activities" then find and click on Scavenger Hut) :
4. Site to help you with "Matching Rock Properties" section of the worksheets:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Drake's Equation: Is there life out there?

Use the link provided to calculate "your" probability of intelligent life else where in our galaxy. There is a short video to help you. video: youtube video The Calculator:  

1. Right ascension / declination link:

2. Constellation and your zodiac sign article:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oldest Rocks in NJ Dated at 1.37 BILLION Years Old

This past week the state of New Jersey released information that the oldest rocks in NJ dated at 1.37 Billion years old. The geology of NJ rocks have never been dated to such a high degree. The rocks in Sparta seem to be dated at over 1 billion years old too.  For more information:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

How to find the Andromeda Galaxy ( 2 1/2 million light years away)

Use the star chart above and the link provided   ( how to find M31 ) to find the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M-31) which is a large (200,000 light years across) spiral galaxy near our own.  That's if you consider ~ 2.5 million light-years away, close.  This is the most distant object you can see with a telescope. The link to identify satellites and the space station is located to the right of this page (heavens-above).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Geology and Astronomy Internet Lab Activities (moon landing sims)

Lab activity site: :   type in "keyword block" the activity number in the upper left of your worksheet.

VIRTUAL EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY:  Calculate the epicenter and the magnitude of an earthquake in the United States. 

MAKE A EARTHQUAKE  (simulation) : Questions in notebook:   1.What type of building construction is the best in a major earthquake?  2. Which type of ground is the worse even in a "minor" earthquake?  3. What type of construction is the worse, even in a minor quake?

Rock and Mineral Identification Activity:  Place all answers in your notebook.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday Night Observations on the Boardwalk

There will be a night observation session on the Lake Mohawk boardwalk this Friday, Nov. 12 (weather permitting) from 5:30-6:30. We will observe the planet Jupiter and it's 4 large "moons" along with the first quarter Moon through an 8 inch telescope.  Also at 6:28 there will be a pass of the International Space Station.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shuttle passes of NW New Jersey Tonight (@ 7:12pm) and this weekend

Tonight: Thursday the space station will come out of the SW (at 7:12) and head overhead passing the bright star Vega and then disappear (at 7:17) into the Earth's shadow just after it passes by the constellation Cassiopeia (see chart above)For more information (times /directions and star charts) on tonight's pass and other passes the next few nights: click on the link:   or click on Heavens Above link to the right of this site.

Shuttle's Toilet Requires Special Training