28-Degree Drop Since 12 A.M………Lunar Eclipse

April 14th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It has looked pretty overcast up to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.  However, new data does show some dry air coming in at lower levels after 3 a.m.  This MAY be just enough to break the clouds up some to allow at least some viewing of the total lunar eclipse which will run 12:53 a.m. to 6 a.m.  The middle of the eclipse will be around 3:45 a.m.

Corresponding with this eclipse will be the alignment of the Sun, Earth, Mars & the Moon.  This is quite rare.

There will actually be a total of four lunar eclipses over the next 18 months in the U.S.  This is called a tetrad.  We have had 8 this century, but there were none 1600-1900.  The last one was in 1967.

There have been only two in the last 500 years!


Here at WLFI we have dropped 28 degrees since midnight when we were at 68.  We will drop into the 30s this evening as rain showers change to some snow showers.


Near-record/record cold is likely Wednesday morning with lows of 22-26 across the area (26 in the Lafayette area).  The West Lafayette record low temperature is 24 set in 1962.  The latest time the temperature has dropped below 25 in West Lafayette was May 3, 1889 (24).

Typicall, we see our last temperature at 28 or less in West Lafayette/Lafayette near April 10, but it can be as late as April 17, even April 20 in our far northwest.

Southern areas usually see it April 3-10.

So, the last of 28 or less will occur later than normal this year.

Its too bad it will get this cold, as the Saucer Magnolias & Star Magnolias in West Lafayette/Lafayette are beautiful right now!




10 Responses to “28-Degree Drop Since 12 A.M………Lunar Eclipse”

  1. Michael says:

    “We have had 8 [tetrads] this century…There have been only two in the last 500 years!” That doesn’t make any sense.

  2. O No Moe says:

    I know it is going to snow here because I want to view the lunar eclipse. It might be cold tomorrow but with the April sun will make it feel much warmer.

  3. O No Moe says:

    That wind out of the north is straight off the ice cold lakes.

  4. Jim says:

    Lil nip in the air! Quick change momma nature will not give up. Snow flurries in Kentland. Yikes

  5. Bill in C'ville says:

    My brother just sent me a picture from Plainfield,IL about 1/2″ on the ground.

  6. Jan says:

    snowing in Rensselaer. grrrrrrrrrrrr :(

  7. Jim says:

    Yep it’s Snowing in Kentland

  8. yep! snowing in remington, too!! we have a 33* temp drop. 67* at midnight to the current 34*. i gave in and turned up the furnace. i have to admit it feels good ;)

    ma in rem

  9. the heat is on in my house

  10. Jim says:

    Spring halted snowing moderate in Kentland. Accum .3.inch

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