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#1 RichA

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:03 PM

In Toronto, we've had about 10 days of clear weather.  Of course tomorrow to Monday is rain!!

 

 


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#2 ColdyNitesNC

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:23 PM

Sounds like your weather might be more effective in obscuring the moon than earth's shadow.


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#3 John Miele

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:25 PM

Arrgghhh...I feel for you...bangbang.gif

 

I have a chance, but it's always hit or miss right up to the last minute. Here in Alabama the "pop-up" thunderstorm season is just about to start. That means late afternoon violent thunderstorms can happen any day regardless of the forecast...


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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:33 PM

Forcast here in Nevada was showing a clear Sunday until today. It updated as cloudy. Fingers crossed 🤞
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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:38 PM

It has been clear here in Oklahoma City during the day. Then at night a thin layer of clouds cover the entire sky. It is just enough to prevent observing. I did get to observe the Sun today so that was nice. Anyway I sent a email to the local meteorologist and told him to knock this crap out. lol.gif 


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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:48 PM

Same story here in Michigan.  Definitely will be cloudy tomorrow.  I'm travelling to Chicago for work and if I'm lucky, the sky will clear up some around 11pm CT and let me catch the last part of totality.


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#7 RichA

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 08:32 PM

Same story here in Michigan.  Definitely will be cloudy tomorrow.  I'm travelling to Chicago for work and if I'm lucky, the sky will clear up some around 11pm CT and let me catch the last part of totality.

There is a cold front moving in here and I hope there are  some clear breaks.



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Posted 14 May 2022 - 08:34 PM

PNW is clouds and rain, and the eclipse will start prior to full astro darkness. I'll look at Lunar imaging for pics, this time😥.

CS, somewhere, Ralph😃
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Posted 14 May 2022 - 09:08 PM

Partially and mostly clouds from 5 to 9 local time... rain moving back in after that.frown.gif


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:20 AM

Clear skies forecast for DFW up until 2 days ago... I have seen these forecasts change hourly in the past, from clear skies to severe thunderstorms, and then back to clear or partly cloudy... I have learned to operate on the 50% rule... there is always a 50% chance I'll get a clear patch of sky... lol.gif

 

Keep looking up!

 

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:35 AM

We've been having clear weather, with some marine layer late night and morning cloudiness. 

 

Today it's supposed to be clear for m 3 pm until midnight but the clouds can roll in off the Pacific just about any time. Near the coast, they're not very good at predicting the marine layer, it's very local. But if the clouds do roll in, we can hop in the car and drive a few miles east and it will be clear.

 

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:50 AM

Yep, I am pretty well dead here in middle Georgia.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:13 AM

We've been having clear weather, with some marine layer late night and morning cloudiness. 

 

Today it's supposed to be clear for m 3 pm until midnight but the clouds can roll in off the Pacific just about any time. Near the coast, they're not very good at predicting the marine layer, it's very local. But if the clouds do roll in, we can hop in the car and drive a few miles east and it will be clear.

 

Jon

Ah, yes.... the "June Gloom" in SoCal (grew up in Garden Grove)


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#14 George N

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:24 AM

Should be an exciting night where I live - forecast = clouds, rain, boomers, heavy winds, possible tornados..... See the moon? not likely.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:27 AM

We will be showing live views of the eclipse from McDonald Observatory. Weather here is looking good:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=ZX2JafMmO4M


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:30 AM

We're looking at clouds and rain today (Sunday) but the forecast thinks it'll start clearing around 10pm. Thats just around the beginning of totality here. Maybe I can get some shots of the blood moon over a thunderstorm.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:34 AM

Everyone here probably knows this, but go out unless it's raining. Clouds can add to the drama of a lunar eclipse and you don't need a fully cleared sucker hole to see something. 

 

The only guaranteed way to miss it is not to look.

 

Good luck


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:43 AM

Ah, yes.... the "June Gloom" in SoCal (grew up in Garden Grove)

 

May Gray and June Gloom..

 

San Diego is different from LA. LA is a large flat basin so escaping east to the mountains doesn't work too well. San Diego has a narrow coastal corridor pushed up against the foothills and mountains. I'm 5 miles from the ocean, 5 miles to the east is very often more than enough for clear skies.

 

Less than 50 miles and you can be at 4000 feet and above the marine layer, less than 60 miles and you can be at 6000 feet.  Once you're above the marine layer, it serves to block the light pollution from the populated coastal regions, those are the darkest nights.

 

Jon


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 09:54 AM

We won't have any luck here in NJ tonight. Cloudy with a chance of showers tonight. 


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 10:21 AM

It's  a clear night with mild temps, little wind for tonite....I'm gonna be outside.


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 11:11 AM

I was so excited that my new telescope showed up before the lunar eclipse, and the weather was looking like it was going to be clear until I checked again yesterday... Now rain until midnight, then clouds until 2 am.....

 

Maybe the curse of a new telescope?


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 11:17 AM

Same story here in Michigan.  Definitely will be cloudy tomorrow.  I'm travelling to Chicago for work and if I'm lucky, the sky will clear up some around 11pm CT and let me catch the last part of totality.

Fat band of clouds moving in from Iowa as I write this.  There might be some breaks, but I'm thinking probably not.  Figures.

 

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 11:37 AM

Partly cloudy here... so we'll see.



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Posted 15 May 2022 - 12:05 PM

Everyone here probably knows this, but go out unless it's raining. Clouds can add to the drama of a lunar eclipse and you don't need a fully cleared sucker hole to see something. 

Yes, go out and look for the eclipsed moon regardless of your weather.  I've seen many lunar eclipses and I fondly remember one that was observed while thicker and thinner clouds (never with a clear opening) took turns passing in front of the moon.  One will miss out on a lot of the pleasures in this hobby if one insists on perfect or near perfect conditions before looking for something special in the night sky.

 

I got an excellent view of Comet Hyakutake, when closest to earth, from a perfectly clear, pristine, moonless sky at 3am local time on a night that was predicted to be completely cloudy.  It was snowing when I went to bed earlier that night.  But I woke up at the right time, stepped outside, and there it was -- one of the most spectacular astronomical sights in the history of the world smile.gif

 

I got good views if stria in Comet McNaught's tail, while the comet's head was below my horizon -- through a narrow break in the clouds along my western horizon when my sky was more than 99% cloud covered -- seriously!  I'm not making this stuff up.

 

For tonight's eclipse, it's looking like I'll have a clear sky; but even skies that are predicted to be clear can turn sour.  The only way to really know is to go out and look.  And for a (relatively long duration) lunar eclipse, it's good to make frequent trips outside even (or especially) if your previous peeks discovered nothing but thick clouds.  Local weather conditions can change in unpredictable ways.

 

Good Luck to all!  And as always, enjoy all that you can see; and don't be too concerned about what you can't see.  Lunar eclipses are quite common considering the length of a typical human lifespan.  I've seriously lost count of how many I've seen . . .


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 01:08 PM

It seems that there is always a Full Moon clearing, except, of course, when there's a lunar eclipse. wink.gif 

The astronomy-related forecasts seem to be improving for my area so there's a glimmer of hope.


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