Farmers' AlmanacThe Farmers' Almanac predicts hot then scattered showers for today and tomorrow. On Friday, look for fair skies through the weekend continuing into Tuesday. On Wednesday, expect stormy weather through New England, then turning fair. Heavy-to-severe thunderstorms will arrive in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Planetary Watch

The planet Mercury (about magnitude-0.5) is having a modest apparition low in the dawn. Look for it above the east-northeast horizon about an hour before sunrise. Don't confuse it with Aldebaran well to its upper right, or Capella farther to its upper left.

Venus is still very deep in the glow of sunset.

Mars and Saturn (magnitudes +1.7 and +0.8) are together in the west at dusk, as shown in the scenes above. They're in conjunction, 0.7° apart, on July 10. They remain less than 2° apart from July 6 through 13. And Regulus (magnitude +1.4) watches on from their lower right. Look early before they all sink too low and set!

Jupiter (magnitude-2.7, in Sagittarius) shines low in the southeast in twilight, left of the Sagittarius Teapot. Jupiter is highest in the south around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight saving time.

Red Clay stream watch

The following stream levels were measured this week in the Red Clay Creek near Kennett Square.

Date: July 8, 2008 Flow in cubic feet per second: 48

Minimum for date, cubic feet per second: 8.9

Mean for date, cubic feet per second: 36

Maximum for date, cubic feet per second: 234

Sun times

Sunrise, July 10, 2008: 5:41 a.m.

Sunset, July 10, 2008: 8:31 p.m.

Hours of sunlight: 14 hours, 49 minutes, 37 seconds

Weekend Forecast

Friday, July 11, Sunny, High 86, Low 66

Saturday, July 12, Sunny, High 89, Low 69

Sunday, July 13, Mostly sunny, High 86, Low 70

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