Monday 20

Dec. 21st, 2010 01:55 am
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Monday 20- I did my stretches and lifted dumbbells; lots of rain outside.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 46 to 57 degrees, mostly calm wind, and humidity around 68 percent, cloudy skies with lots of rain.
According to the National Weather Service: “Tuesday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind between 3 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 51. South wind between 9 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Joel Levy called to tell me that the electric power went out a little after 8am, and he called later to say it came back up at 12:30pm.
Chris Jonas came and dropped off my groceries from the USDA food distribution and I gave him a donation check from Sandra Foyil to give to Mary Helen at Tuesday night Bingo.
The rain was coming down pretty dang good so I spent most of the day inside reading the book “Velocity” by Alan Jacobson, doing webwork, and talking to Kelly.
LUNAR ECLIPSE: 10:33pm rolled around and I went outside in the rain to see if there were any breaks in the cloud cover. I stood out there in the light rain for a long spell willing the clouds to part. All of a sudden the rain stopped and the clouds thinned enough where I saw the Moon half covered by the Earth’s shadow! I ran inside, grabbed my camera, and quickly took a picture, but didn’t have the chance to use the zoom before it disappeared behind the clouds, dang!
Did you know that it has been 372 years (December 21, 1638) since a Winter Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse coincided and we will have to wait around until 2094 for the next one!
At this moment the Moon is at total eclipse and it’s really dark outside. I keep getting up when I hear the rain stop and hurry to the front yard to see if I can see it but the clouds are too thick. I will keep doing this until I get a picture of the total eclipse or 12:53 when totality ends.
I went outside a dozen or more times hoping to see the blood red Moon. I’m tracking in lots of mud onto the floors inside my house. I even sat out there the last 20min of the totality but it wasn’t to be. 12:53 had come and gone, and then 1:30 rolled around when rain started coming down in torrents and I got soaked.
Am I disappointed? A little, but it was fun, I gave it my best shot. I guess I’ll just have to wait around until 2094 when the next Winter Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse coincide for another chance :) Anyways there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse in 2014 but just not on the Solstice.

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