Total Lunar Eclipse: US Weather Forecast to See the Blood Moon Tonight

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clouds Sunday could affect lunar eclipse.

Those who stayed up or set an alarm clock to witness last night’s lunar eclipse were not disappointed as the cloud cover which threatened to spoil the whole show kindly dispersed.

“There should be some breaks during the lunar eclipse tonight to get some visuals, but it may not be flawless to watch the entire show”, said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Unfortunately for many who live east of the Mississippi River, the odds of seeing the moon as it passes completely into the Earth’s shadow are rather poor, according to current weather projections. This evening we’ll see something we haven’t seen in the sky in 32 years… At that point, the Moon should appear on the reddish-orange side, and should look a bit more vibrant than usual, since it will be at its closest point to Earth! The continued influx of moisture from the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico will keep a steady stream of clouds around on Monday, and conditions mow appears to be favoring an accelerated timetable for the arrival of our next round of rain.

The Moon rises from the eastern horizon at 7:12pm, it’ll fall into total eclipse by 9:11pm and turn (possibly, it’s different every time) a blood red. Tuesday will offer the best rain chance of the week as a weak tropical disturbance moves in from the south and is intercepted by a front moving in from the northwest. The pressure gradient between high pressure across the Great Lakes and low pressure along the east coast creates rather breezy conditions in the Ohio Valley for several days.

Weather conditions back here on Earth after the eclipse will remain on the cloudier side for the rest of the overnight, with lows dropping only to the low 60s. Expect high temperatures to drop from the mid-70s on Wednesday to near 70 by the weekend as an upper-level disturbance spinning around the Eastern USA locks in the cooler air.

The storm is forecast to produce scattered showers and possibly a few thunderstorms across parts of the Carolinas, and spotty light rain for Virginia and West Virginia, Maryland, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Strong trade winds will keep most showers focused over windward slopes, with showers reaching leeward sides of the smaller islands over the next couple of days. In contrast, most of the central and western United States, as well as New England and eastern New York State is expected to get a fine view of tonight’s total lunar eclipse.

A frontal boundary situated over the central Plains and Rocky Mountains could generate some partial cloud cover but not enough to seriously hinder viewing of the eclipse. In short, if you live in the Northeast U.S., the farther north and east you go, the better your viewing chances; farther to the west and south, thicker clouds are increasingly more likely to eclipse the eclipse. For the very latest forecast for your local area, here is a link that lists all of the National Weather Service Forecast Offices across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Region. Just click on the office that serves your area to get not only the latest weather outlook, but access to local radar and satellite imagery as well:

He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+.

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