Monday, April 14, 2014

Cold, snow, and total lunar eclipse

What is going on with this weather? Several people have been lodging complaints on Facebook and Twitter about the cold and snow, or maybe it's a complaint about how little rain you received this weekend. Either way, we can't make everyone happy, but warmer weather and some rain sure looks appealing to most right now. This big storm system that created the severe weather on Sunday has produced some light snow for us here in Kansas. Here is a view from Dodge City at 7:30 this morning. It didn't amount to very much, but it's enough to have some of you scratching your head wondering what month we are in.

After a hard freeze again Tuesday morning, temperatures will be back to near 60 and close to 70 for Wednesday. We are watching a storm system that will arrive on Thursday, and that will be the next chance for some rain by then.

In the meantime, get ready for our first total lunar eclipse since 2011. The partial eclipse begins at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday (central time) and total lunar eclipse starts at 2:07 a.m. The total eclipse will end at 3:25 a.m. The moon should turn red because it passes through the earth's shadow and no direct sunlight will be reaching it. Remember, a lunar eclipse happens more frequent than a solar eclipse. If you miss the one Tuesday morning, the next chance to see part of a lunar eclipse will be October 8th of this year.

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