The Supermoon a.k.a. Perigee Moon will be on Saturday night. Locally the moonrise is 7:58 p.m. however the sunset isn't until about 8:03 p.m. So we'll have to wait about a half hour until we can get a good look at the size and color of this moon Saturday night.
Each year the moon has an orbital closest point to the earth. It happens to fall on the May 5th calendar date this year. The moon will have lots of color and appear larger than usual when it is cresting above the horizon. I went out to take pictures and video of this last year from our parking lot at Fox44/Abc22. I took three still frames from last year's video:
Here's what to expect this year:
I'm pretty confident we'll have a good showing. A certain 'something' showed up in the morning updates for models today which raises some slight concern. The morning models showed a very, very slight wave of energy passing through the atmosphere, yielding some high and mid level clouds.
Running our local future trackers here this morning, I found a split difference on that forecast:
That gray film over much of the area is that little wave creating the high and mid clouds. On the other hand:
Another major model has us clear. While high pressure will be in place, I do believe if we see any clouds it won't be enough to distract our view. I'll be crossing my fingers for a fully clear night! Enjoy, and snap some pictures if you've got the good view and right camera :) If you do please send them to email@example.com and we'll use them on air!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier