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Weather Eye: If the clouds clear, we may see a super blue blood moon

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For me, this winter has been a little lackadaisical. I’ll admit it. No snowstorms, windstorms, heavy rain or flooding and so on. Not that I want devastating weather that creates hardships for folks, but there really has not been that much to talk about here. And I know the rest of the local weather geeks here share my feelings.

Computer forecast models have teased us with arctic cold and snow some ten days out, then they swing the other way. Same for wind storms. Yes, we had the recent wind and high tides, which made for good storm watching and photo opportunities at the coast.

I’m betting many of you reading this are quite complacent with the status quo and are just biding time until spring. Am I right? Well, I don’t blame you. I think at this point I’m all for warmer weather and sunshine.

This Wednesday, we have a rare opportunity if skies clear, which I think they might, to see the second full moon this month. It is called a Blue Moon. To top that off, it will be fully eclipsed by the Earth here in Clark County, making it a Blood Moon, as well. To top that off once more, it will nearly be a super moon at 223,558 miles from Earth. All that makes it a super blue blood moon.

How about that? Sometimes the blood moon appears reddish or orange-like as it rises. Locally, the full eclipse begins around 4 a.m. and is at its peak at 5:30 a.m. Of course, that’s if we have no cloud cover at those hours.

For more information, go to nasa.gov/feature/super-blue-blood-moon-coming-jan-31.

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