Washington gets glimpse of ‘supermoon’ eclipse after clouds part

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Warm Weekend.

In the end, and just in time, the clouds parted enough Sunday night to reward Washington residents hoping for a glimpse of the much-anticipated supermoon eclipse. “The students are very happy,” Warner said. “The first couple of times when the moon became visible through breaks and gaps in the clouds” there was applause “and cheering,” she said. 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. They occur with some frequency, but this one received unusual attention because it came at the time of the moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth.

A full moon at closest approach has been dubbed a “supermoon.” Before being dimmed by the Earth’s shadow, the moon was expected to be uncommonly, perhaps spectacularly, big and bright. 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. 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. Accompanying this precipitation will be widespread cloud cover extending from the Gulf Coast and Florida, north to the central and eastern Great Lakes. [Visibility Maps for the Lunar Eclipse (Gallery)] And I haven’t forgotten you folks in Alaska and Hawaii. 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.

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. Over New England and much of adjacent eastern New York State, the weather will be dominated by a large fair-weather ridge of high pressure centered near Nova Scotia and stretching back to the west into the Northeast U.S. 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: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/organization.php.

Editor’s note: If you snap a great photo of the total lunar eclipse tonight want to share it for a possible story or gallery, send images and comments in to managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com. 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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