Good afternoon and welcome to this edition of KT news.
Astronomers are calling the summer of 2014 “the summer of supermoons.”
These lunar events are not uncommon, appearing in the night skies about every 13 months, but they are certainly a spectacle. A supermoon is the largest apparent size of the moon seen from Earth, which results in a beautiful, brighter-than-usual full moon.
The first of this summer’s supermoons occurred on July 12 early in the morning. Many people woke up early on this date to experience this amazing celestial occurrence.
For those of you who missed this lunar event, have no fear. There will be two more supermoons this summer, occurring on August 10 and September 9.
Larger-than-usual tides and inclement weather are postulated effects of the supermoon.
Across the nation, we have experienced strange weather thus far this summer, including tornadoes, major flooding, cooler-than-average temperatures and severe thunderstorms.
Early last week, severe storms raged across the East, killing several people in Syracuse, New York and Maryland. Thousands of people in New York and Pennsylvania remain without power because of these intense rainstorms.
It is unknown whether the incidence of the supermoons and the severe weather across the nation are related. However, the lunar event and the extreme weather remain intriguing for meteorologists, astronomers, and sky gazers alike.
Katarina Triguba for KT news.