Suchan Says: Fantastic Weekend and the Lunar Eclipse

The first full weekend of Autumn is upon us and ready to deliver some great weather.  As I see it, Saturday is likely the nicer of the two days but that’s only because it brings near full sunshine with temperatures in the 70s to near 80 in spots.

A system out to our east will actually back west toward our region Sunday.  Fortunately it appears the bulk of the rain chances with this system will stay well east of our area.  Instead, some low cloudiness may filter in by sunrise creating a period of mostly cloudy skies then and gradually mix out to a partly sunny afternoon sky.  Temperatures will remain in the 70s in this scenario.

System out to the east likely to send some clouds our way Sunday

System out to the east likely to send some clouds our way Sunday

Partly sunny or partly cloudy afternoon skies Sunday

Partly sunny or partly cloudy afternoon skies Sunday

Mostly clear to partly cloudy Sunday evening into the lunar eclipse

Mostly clear to partly cloudy Sunday evening into the lunar eclipse

Of course all eyes will be on the evening forecast as we get to enjoy a rare lunar treat!  A total eclipse of a full “super” moon!  The moon is closer to the earth this particular full moon cycle in its orbit around the earth at a little more than 222,000 miles away.  This is called perigee.  Apogee is the opposite when the moon is furthest away from earth in it’s elliptical orbit.

Unfortunately the full moon is only roughly 12% to 14% larger to the naked eye.  Most can’t tell the difference from a standard full moon.  But it is a super moon and it occurs at the same time the moon is passing through the core of the earth’s shadow (umbra).

There is no need for a telescope to view it and it is safe to view with the naked eye unlike a solar eclipse.  Also, it will have a reddish tint given much of the colors of the color spectrum are filtered out.  Only red wavelengths survive through the earth’s shadow (especially the edge of the shadow) which the moon picks up.

Here are the times for all phases of the eclipse.

Sunday evening's total lunar eclipse.... times are for Kansas City

Sunday evening’s total lunar eclipse…. times are for Kansas City

Chris Suchan
Chief Meteorologist
KCTV5/KSMO

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