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The Super Blue Blood Moon and the Blustery Day

Clouds and timing may damper our plans for viewing tomorrow's total lunar eclipse, but at least it will be warmer.

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 12:35 AM
Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 12:37 AM

Good Morning,

After seeing clear skies all day long, cloud cover has rolled back in over the viewing area at this hour. While the added cloud cover paired with a breezy southerly wind flow will help keep temperatures from falling back into to the teens like early Tuesday, that upper level moisture will obscure our view of this morning’s “Lunar Trifecta.”

Contrary to popular belief, tomorrow’s “Super Blue Blood Moon” will not feature Tom Selleck’s face superimposed on the moon’s surface to celebrate CBS’s long running police procedural, the term refers to the simultaneous occurrence of three lunar “oddities.” A total lunar eclipse of the “super moon” which just so happens to be a blue moon will begin around 6:48 A.M. ET.

Unfortunately for us, the “Super Blue Blood Moon” will set for Lafayette at 7:06 A.M. ET, 45 minutes before totality begins. On top of all of that, our overcast skies are expected to obscure the entire occurrence. You can watch the full event on NASA TV beginning at 5:30 A.M. ET. Look on the bright side, while we’ll miss this once-in-a-lifetime celestial show, at least temperatures will be warmer on Wednesday.

Southerly winds will gust as high as 35 or even 40 mph at times tomorrow afternoon. The bluster conditions are expected to drive temperatures to their highest point since Sunday afternoon; we’ll tip the scales at 46° in Lafayette tomorrow afternoon.

Tomorrow’s brief warm up will be exactly that, brief. After reaching the mid 40s throughout the viewing area tomorrow afternoon, a passing cold front will ensure that we not only see a few stray showers or wintry mix, but that we see overnight lows in the single digits as early as Friday morning!

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