Friday, February 10, 2017

Lunar eclipse tonight - one storm to watch next week

It's finally Friday and don't forget to look for the partial lunar eclipse this evening. There is the comet too, but if I had to choose just one celestial event, I'd go with the eclipse. Best time to be out looking is from about 6 p.m. to 7:30 - it's all over with shortly after 8 p.m.

The comet will be hard to see if you don't have binoculars or a telescope. It's going to be faint and fuzzy, so you'll have to be looking in just the right spot. Did you know, the comet is moving at 51,000 miles per hour? And it's more than 7 million miles away from us. No, it's not going to crash into our planet. 

This is a PARTIAL eclipse - what the moon WILL look like later this evening

This is a TOTAL lunar eclipse - NOT what the moon will look like this evening

Enjoy the weird, warm weather today. So out of place for February, but for those who dislike winter in a big way, this will help get you through the rest of the winter season. It's one less day to deal with cold, right?

Next week, the pattern will change just a little bit. Monday and Tuesday will show a storm moving from New Mexico across the southern Plains. That giant "L" that you see on the map will stay far enough south that we don't get any precipitation from it. And most of the week will be dry.

The chances for moisture will hold off awhile longer. It could be February 21/22 at the earliest before we see chances for moisture coming back into the picture for Kansas. Most of us haven't had anything since the ice storm weekend back on January 14/15. So we are almost at a month now where there hasn't been any (or very little) precipitation in Kansas. 

Have a great weekend & enjoy the eclipse.

1 comment:

melissa said...

Thanks for letting us know...about what time,the Eclipse is. I was wondering about that. I'm glad you keep us up to date on things like this...and when we have a Meteor Shower.

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