This map shows what is causing us to have showers and thundershowers. And, with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, we can’t rule out the possibility of heavy rain at times. The low pressure you see in Illinois will gradually move up into Indiana, but our chances of rain will continue through at least Wednesday night.
NOAA, who operates our weather satellites, recently announced that one of our polar-orbiting weather satellites will be shut down. Such satellites usually have an average life span of 3 to 5 years, but this one has lasted more than 13 years. During that time it has helped us track winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and much more. It has orbited 70,655 times, amounting to a total of 2.1 billion miles. There are still weather satellites up there, so we’re covered, but losing one is never good.
Here is an excellent link explaining how important a role weather played in the execution of D-Day.
Warm and rather humid conditions will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday. A weak cold front will drop south into the region Wednesday afternoon and bring a better chance of more widely spread showers and thunderstorms.
Here is the expected position of a cold front tomorrow afternoon-evening. Ahead of this front, thunderstorms and rain will develop. Behind the front, the air is about 20° colder than it was on Monday. We can expect the cooler air to hang around for a few days, along with the possibility of scattered showers and perhaps a thundershower. The temperature will gradually rise as we head toward the weekend.
The Lunar Eclipse begins at about 2am, but coverage starts earlier. Go here: http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html
As of March 4th, there have been 63 days in the year.
25 of those days had a temperature in the single digits or below 0.
47 days had temperatures that were below average.