28-Degree Drop Since 12 A.M………Lunar EclipseApril 14th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by Chad Evans 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!