Lunar Eclipse Tonight

5:30pm Monday…

It’s a total lunar eclipse tonight:  First “chunk” starts disappearing out of the moon at 10:59pm, then progressively gets “eaten” up until the entire moon goes nearly black for a little over an hour starting at 12:08pm.  Some have been calling it a “blood moon”, but it’s only expected to be a yellowish-orange due to the lack of dust in the earth’s atmosphere right now.

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Here’s the problem, we’ll have a lot of clouds arriving about that time so we may or may not actually see it here west of the Cascades.  For MOST OF US, I think there will be breaks in the cloud cover; at least enough to see it part of the time.  Most likely the clouds will be packing up against the Cascade foothills as we head towards midnight, so those areas on the east side of the Willamette Valley and in the foothills have a smaller chance of seeing the eclipse.  The best chance overall is east of the Cascades, or east of Cascade Locks in the Gorge.  Take a look at our RPM forecast for 1am and you get the idea:

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Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

15 Responses to Lunar Eclipse Tonight

  1. High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

    Wow. The weather is not that great people. For no one to post in about 10 hours in mid April with no weather going on I cant imagine how its going to be in mid summer and the marine clouds hang around until 2pm and it gets to 77 degrees. Mark, I think we need to spruce up the blog somehow to keep people posting during these dull times. Maybe add a personal subject topic here and there to keep people blogging?

  2. Running pretty cold, especially compared to the last several days. Not even 50 degrees here. Wondering just how warm it will get today, I’m thinking mid 50s at best. I don’t see any clearing coming today for areas north of the Columbia River.

  3. schmit44 says:

    4/15/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:69 at CW3932 Central P(1290 ft)
    Low: 52 at DW5789 Eagle Poi(1463 ft) & JUNIPR(359 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:34 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 20 at Timberline Lodge (7001 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 32 degrees
    Hayes Hill (US 1 (67/35 ) (1640 ft )
    Bly (OR 140 MP 5 (62/30) (4350 ft)
    Lorella (61/29) (4160 ft)
    Bly Mountain (Or (60/28) (4920 ft)

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.18″ at DW4535 Cannon Be(23ft)

  4. Lurkyloo says:

    Slow blog. Must mean summer’s on the horizon. Didn’t see the moon last night — pics anyone?

    • High Desert Mat (Model Rider) Redmond Or says:

      I’ve got pics of last night but they wouldn’t be suitable for the blog. Lol. Actually spent the last two weeks with my brothers, one came from Okinawa Japan and the other from Seattle. We just lost our last grandpa last Sunday. He was 88 years young and was the most admirable person I’ve ever met.

      It was nice seeing you Dave and Josh. Been awhile. They are on the blog too from time to time.

  5. Garron near Washington Square says:

    It took a little patience, but I saw it off and on faintly through the cloudy patches. It looked light brownish at it’s peak.

  6. schmit44 says:

    4/14/2014 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    Warmest:
    High:81 at ILLINOIS VALLEY(1389 ft)
    Low: 56 at SQUAW PEAK(4964 ft)

    Coldest:
    High:43 at Mount Hood Meado(6601 ft)
    Low: 14 at CHRISTMAS VALLEY (4360 ft ) & DIMLKE (4726 ft ) & KIRK (4519 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 57 degrees
    CHRISTMAS VALLEY (71/14 ) (4360 ft )

  7. This eclipse is totally cool 🙂

    High clouds rolling in now.

  8. Eugene Dave says:

    Reasonably clear skies in Eugene. Looks like a giant pac man at the moment.

  9. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    Nice info on the eclipse! I plan on seeing it tonight, and I will drive east if I have to.

    Also, if your extremely mild 7-day forecast verified, we’d be well on our way to one of the warmest April’s on record, Mark.

  10. Nice marine push underway. At 3 PM, the winds were light, around 5-10 mph. Now gusting to 23 mph.

  11. ThunderCloud - North Plains says:

    FIRST! And I’m really hoping to see it… I guess we’ll find out come about 1am.

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