Most of this winter has been relatively mild, but come January, especially the second half, it gets downright chilly! When the temperature dips below zero (-17C) we get an interesting phenomenon happening over Lake Superior. Sea smoke. The above freezing water and saturated air above it turns to fog or steam when the very cold air causes it to condense. I have been seeing this on the way to work most of this past week. Sometimes it swirls into little tornado like columns and reaches up to the cloud formed above it.
That cloud is about 100 feet or 30 meters above the surface. Sometimes it has an other-worldly feeling to it. This morning we went out to let out the horses when it was -22F (-30C) with greater than a 10 to 15 mph (5-7m/s if we are going to do this) wind to contend with. Not very comfortable, but we can dress for it.
Super Blood Wolf Moon
Another rare event is happening tonight. A total lunar eclipse if you live in the Americas. Around midnight here there will be an eclipse, where the earth comes between the sun and the moon. You basically get all the sunrise/sunset light from all over which is what gives the moon its reddish hue before it goes dark and when it comes back out of the shadow of earth. The “supermoon” moniker is because the moon is closest to earth this time of year. The “wolf” part is attributed to Native Americans in a conglomeration of romanticized notions of the January full moon. Our local Ojibwe refer to it as the Great Spirit Moon. I should try and stay up to try and get some pictures. It is only supposed to be a little below zero (F) tonight and if the wind dies down it won’t be too bad if I am out on the deck.
Before and after the eclipse it should look like this.