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Mother Nature's Son

Submitted by ub on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 05:24

Look up in the sky, its a bird, its a plane, not its Supermoon. You may call it super, snow or full, the biggest, brightest moon of the year is finally here.

This is a lunar spectacle not to be missed. The biggest and brightest moon of 2019 is coming to the sky near you and it's worth stepping outside to view and a highly anticipated astrological occasion.

A Supermoon occurs when the moon is as close as it ever gets to Earth. Tonight, won't be just any night, our moon will only be about 221,000 miles from Earth, which is about 17,000 miles closer than the average moon.

If it's still dark and not cloudy where you are, you have a chance to see the supermoon this morning; it will still be mostly full tonight. The supermoon will appear especially big just as it rises above the horizon due to the moon illusion.

Then a coast-to-coast storm will bring weather misery to 200 million Americans throughout the USA as another winter storm is making its way across the nation on Tuesday, spreading snow and ice all the way from the Desert Southwest to the central states.

A winter storm system will bring widespread impacts across the eastern half of the USA through midweek. This developing winter storm system will bring a swath of heavy snow and ice from Oklahoma into the Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid Atlantic, and the Northeast U.S. Tuesday through Wednesday. Areas of dangerous travel are likely. Further South, several inches of heavy rain will lead to the potential for flooding in the lower Mississippi and Tennessee River Valleys.

By Wednesday, the threat for heavy snow, ice, and dangerous travel will expand across the Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid Atlantic, and the Northeast. By Wednesday, the big cities of the East will see snow and freezing rain. Folks in the South will also get in on the dismal weather Tuesday and Wednesday.

An active weather pattern is returning to much of the eastern U.S. after a brief dry spell on Monday. The next storm system is developing over the western Gulf of Mexico today and will extend northward along a frontal zone by early Wednesday. There will be a deep northward surge of moisture from the Gulf, and the frontal boundary will lift this moisture and generate a corridor of copious rainfall from Louisiana to eastern Kentucky, with widespread 2 to 5-inch rainfall amounts expected by Thursday morning. With much of this falling on the already moist ground from the rainfall this past weekend, flooding will be a concern and a moderate risk of excessive rainfall exists over parts of that region. Some strong thunderstorms may also develop across parts of the Deep South. Farther to the northeast, snow and freezing rain are expected for the central Appalachians and the northern Mid-Atlantic by late Tuesday night and into Wednesday as moisture intersects a cold airmass in place. Several inches
of snow is likely before changing to sleet and freezing rain, mainly along and west of Interstate 95. Significant icing is possible for some inland valley locations.

While snow won't be an issue there, drenching rain will soak portions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee with as much as a half-foot of rain. Flood watches have been posted for nearly 20 million people from Arkansas to West Virginia.