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The Super Moon and a Parade of Storms

23 Jun 2013, 1:55 pm

Full Moon in Full Effect

Now THAT’s a full moon!  This picture from Jeff Pile in Louisville, KY reminds me of way back when, when I was a kid and thought the moon was made of cheese.  Well it certainly does look like a big wheel of cheddar… now I’m hungry.

Late last night, if you had the chance to see it, and there wasn’t an overcast sky up above you, you got a great view of the super moon.  But it wasn’t just any old super moon, but probably THE super moon.  We have had other super moons this year but this one was the biggest and brightest one of 2013.    The moon’s proximity to the Earth this time around is why it seems so “super.”  It’s orbital path takes it coming closer to the Earth than it has in quite some time.  According to LAtimes.com, “The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 238,000 miles.  On Sunday morning, it will be just 221,824 miles away — or 16,176 miles closer than usual.”

The moon shined brightly through the evening sky, and the trees here in Lincoln, NE where @Shauna_Shines took this picture from.

If you didn’t have a chance to see it last night, have no fear, you can take out your cameras later on tonight and get a glimpse of it.  It will still be basically the same tonight.   I hope you have clear skies in your neck of the woods.

 

Days of Severe Storms

This was a scary sight to see in Illinois!  Out in the town of Shannon, @CandiceKing took this stunning shot of a shelf cloud zooming across the plains.  While it comically may look like a man’s mustache or a push broom, the darkness below is an ominous sight that I wouldn’t want approaching me.

Starting Thursday, and lasting through the weekend, there have been storms roaming across the plain states; from Wyoming to Wisconsin.  There have been over 650 reports of severe weather being reported to the Storm Prediction Center and Friday looked to have been the busiest.  Strong, straight-line winds plowed across portions of South Dakota and southern Minnesota, at gusts of 50-85 MPH.  There was substantial damage done in the Twin Cities area where trees were toppled down, roads were flooded and the power grid was weakened.

This image comes from Ashley Byers on Facebook and it is a sight that was to be found all too often in the metro area.

According to the power company in the area, Xcel Energy, they experienced a lost of power to some 554,000 people on Friday.  Crews were called in from all over the midwest and even into the east coast, where crews from Virginia and Pennsylvania made the journey westward.  As of earlier today, around 10 am, the company said they had restored power to almost everyone, where just about 99,000 are still left without power.

Storms today came through earlier today, before sunrise, in Minnesota and Iowa and Wisconsin, producing strong winds, heavy rains, and flashes of lightning.  The jet stream is moving up over the same area across the northern plains, drawing up warm, Gulf of Mexico moisture and that just adds fuel to the fire for those storms to work with.  Dew points across about the eastern two-thirds of the nation, have been up into the 60s and 70s, which is very muggy air, and daytime highs have gotten up into the 80s to 90s.  And because the jet stream has not moved much in the past several days, it has been laying the path for rounds of storms to flow along it, from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes.  Down into the Ohio River Valley and towards the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, there has been isolated and scattered, pop-up thunderstorms.

The slight risk zone for today covers much of the Central Plains, the western Great Lakes and a little bit of northern Minnesota.  Gusty winds, isolated tornadoes and hail stones are likely, especially in the highlighted areas below.

Also the northeast could get in on the stormy action today.  The upper portions of New England and upstate New York could get some strong wind gusts and small hail stones this afternoon.

By tomorrow, as we begin the work week, the midwest is still having a chance for seeing another day of severe thunderstorms.  From the Dakotas to the Central Plains will be the threat zone.

And on Tuesday, the storms keep on coming into the same areas.  Much of the Great Lakes area, and into the Northern Plains will see the chance for severe weather, including several major cities such as Twin Cities, Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit.

Come by www.weathernationtv.com and get the latest information on the storm threat.  You can also find us on twitter (@weathernationWX) and on our Facebook page.

Take care and enjoy your the upcoming week ahead.

Meteorologist Addison Green (twitter: @agreenWNTV)

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