Lunar Eclipse & Winter Solstice

Lunar Eclipse & Winter Solstice

POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 10:46am

UPDATED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 3:44pm

Image Courtesy: U.S. Naval Observatory

This evening you will get a shot to check out the northernmost total lunar eclipse in generations. With tomorrow being the Winter Solstice, the sun cannot get any lower in the sky. At the same time, a lunar eclipse will occur tonight, leading to this once in several hundred years event. Partial eclipse begins at 11:33 P.M. local time and reaches full eclipse at 12:41 A.M.. This sort of special lunar eclipse will not happen again until the year 2485. Click here for more information.

Our weather should mostly cooperate tonight, with patchy clouds and dry and seasonally mild temperatures. Enjoy!

This Week's Weather:
Extreme warmth greets us today, tomorrow, and Friday. Despite the fact that the winter solstice occurs at 4:38 P.M. on Tuesday, our local area temperatures will be more typical of early November rather than the end of December. In fact, this is climatologically the coolest part of the year for us in the Borderlands. We will remain rain free through the forecast period (at least through Sunday). Chilly weather is likely for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day thanks to a stronger cool front that hits the area Thursday. We'll update details on the holiday forecast over the coming days. If you'd like to learn more about the Winter Solstice, check out the information on the Albuquerque National Weather Service website.

Below is the upper level weather pattern today. As we've seen the last several weeks, a ridge of high pressure controls the local area weather. In the meantime, troughs (areas of lower pressure) in the east and west keep those regions unsettled, with near record rains and snows for our friends in California.

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