Clear Weather Blog
Posted by Niki Morock on April 14, 2014
If you’re a nighttime sky watcher, tonight likely holds a special interest for you. At 2 a.m. EDT, the first of a tetrad – four back-to-back total lunar eclipses – will begin. The other three will occur in six month intervals, which mean September of this year and April and September of 2015.
While, lunar eclipses usually occur about every six months, not all of them are total and not all of them are viewable from the United States. This set is particularly special in those ways. So, if the weather does not cooperate overnight (and in the Triangle area, it probably won’t), there will be three more chances to witness the event over the next 18 months.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon, covering the moon fully in the earth’s shadow. You might have heard tonight’s moon called a “blood moon” among other unusual names. In this case, while the moon is completely covered by the shadow of the earth, the sunlight that passes around the circumference of the earth and makes it to the moon will appear dark red.
Posted by Niki Morock on April 1, 2014
One storm produced two tornadoes on Saturday, March 29th, proving that one storm is all it takes.
Posted by Niki Morock on March 21, 2014
Friday might have been the first full day of spring, but some forecasts call for winter weather to return next week.
Posted by Niki Morock on February 26, 2014
North Carolina's 2014 Severe Weather Awareness week is slated for March 2 to March 8. But the state already has seen its first severe weather outbreak of 2014 with three weak tornadoes and 59 high wind reports across NC.