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‘Supermoon’ to be the hit of the weekend


Temperatures falling into the 50s tonight will usher in a cooler morning Thursday, but the focus this weekend will be the largest full moon of the year, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Erica Collura said.

Particularly on Sunday, a “supermoon” will make its appearance — the closest and largest full moon this year.

There was a full moon in May, but this coming moon will be even closer to us, Collura said, an estimated 356,991 kilometers from Earth.

The “supermoon” is only a trace larger than an average moon — about 7 percent larger in diameter.

We’ll have to wait until Aug. 10, 2014, to see it this close again, Collura said.

Supermoons like the one coming this weekend happen about every 14 lunar months (the time between two full moons is about 413 days — or a year, a month and 18 days).

Collura said Saturday night’s viewing shouldn’t make a difference, but the best day will be Sunday — if sky conditions cooperate.

COMING FORECAST

For Thursday, it’ll be mostly sunny and warmer for the afternoon, but humidity will remain relatively low. Get out the sunscreen because the UV index will be very high.

For Friday, more clouds will arrive later in the day after mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. The humidity will be a little higher.

For Saturday, there will be sun and clouds with a chance of a few showers or thunderstorms late in the afternoon or evening.

The high temps for each day will reach into the 80s.


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