Alberta Foothills Weather

February 20

A batch of freezing fog rolled in around midnight last night with a light southwest breeze, leaving a nice coast of frost on everything this morning. The sun burned through by 10am, giving a brilliant show for about an hour before it all melted away.
By noon we were above zero and are at +5 as I type this.

Happy days setting up for next week. After bailing out on the snow for us Saturday, the GFS model is showing a snow/blizzard event for us starting next Tuesday night and still going Saturday morning! This is the best setup so far this winter for a big dump of snow here.

Lunar eclipse tonight. Last one until December of 2010 and its should be a perfect night for viewing.
Full moon rises to the ENE at around 5:45, partial eclipse begins at 6:43, total eclipse begins at 8:01 and ends at 8:51, with the deepest eclipse at 8:26. It’s all done by 10:09.
The last one on August 28 of last year occurred in the wee hours of the morning, so a lot more people should get a chance to see this one.
If you are out watching the eclipse, keep an eye out for flaming satellite bits. The US Navy might shoot down an errant spy satellite over the Pacific, northwest of Hawaii, and the immediate path after the hit crosses southern Alberta around 8:00 – 8:15 with the next orbit over northern Alberta from 9:30-9:45. If the intercept is successful, most of the shrapnel is expected to drop into the atmosphere and burn up quickly after the hit, the majority of it within two orbits.

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