Lunar Eclipse early Friday morning; warming up by afternoon

Many will be staying up late Thursday night to catch a glimpse of the partial lunar eclipse.  While select spots around the country will have clear skies to watch the event, much of southeast Nebraska will be dealing with clouds.

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Lunar eclipses are not something that happens in a short time frame.  This will take place over several hours, starting with the partial eclipse beginning at 1:18 a.m. Friday.  The greatest eclipse will take place at 3:03 a.m. and the partial eclipse will come to an end at 4:47 a.m.

Yes, skies are starting out clear over southeast Nebraska Thursday evening but clouds will begin to arrive through the overnight hours.  This will also lead to the overnight low happening between midnight and 1 a.m.  As the clouds arrive, temperatures will begin to slowly rise in to the 30°s by the time kids head to school Friday morning.

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The above map shows what sky conditions may be like at the time of “greatest eclipse” shortly after 3 a.m.  The percentages show the percentage of cloud cover in the sky over each city.  As you can see, conditions don’t look great.  It might be a situation where you will have to get glimpses of the moon in between clouds.

Clouds will remain overhead for much of Friday.  However, even with clouds temperatures should climb to the lower and middle 50°s by afternoon.  Winds will also increase, gusting at times 40-45 mph out of the south.

This is happening ahead of a weather system that will send a cold front through Nebraska Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Along the front, a light shower may be possible Saturday night.  Behind the front, temperatures will drop for Sunday.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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