January 30: Warm up & Lunar Eclipse

The roller coaster temperatures continue…this time going up. Today it only reached 40° in Nashville.  It will be cold again tonight with the low dropping to 25. Big change tomorrow, a south wind kicks in warming temperatures into the upper 50s. It’ll feel cooler with the wind, however.

On Thursday, rain showers return. Thursday night, rain has the potential to turn to a brief period of snow, especially northeast of I-24. Best chance of accumulating snow will be over south central Kentucky and on the upper Cumberland Plateau.

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Rainfall amounts should be 1/4″ to 1/2″.

Friday will be cold, as clouds exit. Mmm, does that mean the Ground Hog will see his shadow?

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Saturday looks pleasant but clouds will increase. A rain/snow mix will arrive during the evening. Sunday will turn cooler again with a rain/snow mix possible.

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Now, to the all important lunar eclipse tomorrow morning.  It looks like the sky will be clear, but it will be cold. The partial eclipse starts at 5:48AM. We won’t see the entire eclipse because the moon will set before it is finished, but the maximum eclipse time is 6:46AM. It will be low on the horizon so make sure you are in a spot where the trees will not obscure your view.

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What is the eclipse? Well, the Moon’s orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth. About two times a year, a full Moon lines up with the Earth and Sun in such a way that the Earth’s shadow blocks the Sun’s light. That light would normally reflect off the Moon.

The moon has several other designations tonight:

1) the super moon- A supermoon is the name given to the Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth, called the perigee. This close encounter makes the Moon appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

2) blue moon- A blue moon refers to the second Full month in a month.

3) the blood moon- It’s call that because it will  have a fainter glow than usual because less sunlight will make it’s way through the Earth’s atmosphere at that angle. The way the atmosphere bends light the Moon will have a red glow, hence the Blood Moon.

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Lisa Spencer

 

About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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