Monday, December 20, 2010

Last Day of Autumn...more daylight!

Mornin'! We're just about there...1st day of winter that is! Enjoy this last day of Autumn as it's starting out clear, still and a balmy 26°. The horizon's looks like it's straight off an artist's pallet. It will reach the mid-upper 30's today and there's mixed reports on the weather in WW today. One forecaster is saying clouds will enter the scene along with flurries throughout the day. Another forecaster says sun and cloudless skies. So, I'm scratching my head on this one today. The way the sky's looking right now...not a cloud anywhere and at's clear and still. All forecasters are saying "becoming breezy" as N-NW winds at 15-25mph winds with gusts even stronger wafting over our island later today. A big, bright moon is out there (moonrise today: 4:06p.m.) and will be officially full starting tomorrow and here's some exciting news about that moon...everyone knows that "the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below." That is, except during a lunar eclipse. The luster will be a bit "off" on Dec. 21st, the first day of northern winter, when the full Moon passes almost dead-center through Earth's shadow. For 72 minutes of eerie totality, an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow. The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). Our coast being EST will have to stay up late for that one. The tides will surely be effected as well. High tide:5:50p.m.; Low tide:1:20p.m.; Ocean temp:41°.


Henry H. Turtle said...

I feel your temptation towards holiday poetry and it scares me.

Jim Anders said...

The leaves left. Right?

regina mandell said...

Those are my gifts! I remember that stuff!