WeatherWatcher: Solar eclipse, if we could only have seen it

Sunday, May 20, 2012



  • Solar Eclipse
  • Week ahead - wet, cold, and gray.
  • Last week's weather data.

-Solar Eclipse:  Sunday May 20th, 2012 we experienced a partial solar eclipse.  This is where the moon crosses in front of the sun and blocks most of the sun, casting a shadow on earth.  Due to our cloud cover, however, we were unable to witness the eclipse.  

You could say we had a total eclipse of the sky, by cloud cover.  About 78% of the sun's disc was blocked at the peak of the eclipse at 6:20 PM PST.  You might have noticed the clouds seemed particularly dark and gloomy around that time.   It wasn't because the cloud cover got thicker, it was because the sun was partially blocked by the moon.

-The week ahead looks wet, colder than normal, and gray.  This is our trade for our sunny week and weekend we had last week.  Looks like Monday afternoon we may see a strong breeze, or a mild wind storm, depending on how you define it.   Winds are possible up to 30mph, especially along Richmond Beach and the shore of Lake Washington.  The rest of the week looks very rainy, and chilly.  We will be averaging around the lower 50's for the rest of the week.

Last week's data:
High temperature: 78.2°F (Monday)
Low temperature: 43.5°F (Saturday)
No rainfall last week!
Warmest day: 64.5°F (Monday)
Coldest day: 50.8°F (Friday)
Average temperature: 58.0°F (4.8°F warmer than normal!)
3-year average temperature for May 12th - 18th: 53.2°F

Warmest and coldest days are based on average temperature of the entire day, starting at midnight.  All other averages are based on the whole week, starting Saturday morning at midnight.  All weather data unless otherwise noted is sourced from Carl's Shoreline Weather Station.

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