You may think I am crazy, but we are actually not officially in winter. With the bitterly cold days we saw this week, it is hard to believe. Some places dropped down to 20 below which is just astonishing to think of in mid December. A typical mid December day is in the mid 20′s with lows in the lower teens. This being said, our highs in the mid teens this week, were in some cases closer to the normal low than high.
As we all know the kick off of Winter is almost here, it officially begins at 5:38 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21. What is also interesting is that we will see a total lunar eclipse on that same day. This rare coincidence that we will see both events occur on the same day has not happened in over 350 years! The last time this occurred, according to records, was December 21, 1638. The next time the two astronomical events will fall on the same date is December 21, 2094.
Here are the details about the eclipse:
~ It will begin at 12:33 a.m. and continue through 4:01 a.m.
~ The time when the Earth’s shadow will cover the moon, called totality, will occur from 1:41 a.m and will last until 2: 53 a.m. The approx best time to see the totality, when it will be at its peak and there will be a coppery shadow, will occur at 2:15 a.m.
After explaining how awesome of a site it will be to see…. I have some bad news. It is likely that we will be under mostly cloudy, if not overcast skies, on Monday night. This is because we will be watching a storm system that will likely bring us our next accumulating snowfall. It is on track to push south of us, moving along the Wisconsin, Illinois border as of the latest model runs. Things could change, altering the path farther north or south, but even those variations will likely still mean cloud cover over us.
Even if we don’t get to see this total lunar eclipse it doesn’t mean we have to wait till 2094 for another one! That is just the date that they will occur coincidentally. The next total lunar eclipse is on June 15,2011. Let’s hope for clear skies then!
Meteorologist Kristen Connolly
Posted under forecast, Science, Space, Uncategorized, Weather History, Weather NEws, Winter Weather
This post was written by kconnolly on December 18, 2010