“Blue Moon” and Rose Bowl ForecastDecember 31st, 2009 by Matthew Leach
We have a couple big events happening within the next two days. First? The Rose Bowl! And I think we need a special forecast for the parade because the South Kitsap marching band will be preforming in it! Luckily for them, it will be MUCH more pleasant down there than up here.
Ahhh doesn’t that sound great? Kitsap Sun reporter Chris Henry, who is accompanying the band in CA, writes in the March to the Roses Blog: “a look back in time shows it has only rained nine out of 120 times on parade day: 1895, 1899, 1906, 1910, 1916, 1922, 1934, 1937, and 1955. While rain has, in some years, delayed the start of the parade, it has never canceled the event.” This year it will be beautiful! Good luck, guys!
We have some excitement of our own here in the Northwest as a “Blue Moon” is forecast to make an appearance tonight…well, for those able to see some clearing 😉 A blue moon is defined as the second full moon in a single month (the first occurring December 2nd), or as the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. Of course, the saying “once in a blue moon” signifies a rare event, blue moons aren’t as rare, occurring once every 2 1/2 years or so. A New Year’s Eve blue moon, however, is a little more rare considering we haven’t had one since 1990.
The moon itself isn’t blue, but after volcanic eruptions, obviously if timed right, can cause the moon to turn blue, orange or red. That won’t be the case this evening, but will we at least be able to see the full moon? Here’s the forecast:
There will be areas of clearing by 1 AM or so, primarily in the central sound, so a little after midnight we should get a glimpse at the very least.
And lastly, the extended forecast. In the short term, I have nothing new to forecast, but the long term is still a bit erratic. So many model runs have shown so many outcomes, so take it for what it’s worth. I haven’t seen model consistency this bad since…well, I’ve NEVER seen model consistency this bad!
For now, have a wonderful evening and be safe out there! Here’s to a remarkable New Year…2010!
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