Shades of Gray

It’s been a frustrating week – the forecast has been waivering back and forth for the storm Monday night into Tuesday on snow vs. rain, thin layers of clouds have blocked my view of Comet PanSTARRS when I’ve been available to see it, so that’s why it’s been a shades of gray week. (You didn’t think I meant the book! This is a family-friendly blog.)

You would think that a week with the Church naming a Pope (Francis) after my Dad, it wouldn’t be such a gray week.

So, it’s been hard to map out the specifics of this storm. It will be a rainmaker for the northeast, with moisture from the Pacific (causing those grey thin clouds on Sunday, Gulf of Mexico moisture and, finally, when the storm gets going, some Atlantic moisture, all pumping up the moisture content of this storm.

Usually in March, a storm passing over New York City would be too far inland for snow near the coast, but we’ve had several days of cold air, the storm will be strong enough pull in some cold air and make some of it’s own.
(Like you saw on Saturday as the earlier snowflakes falling evaporated and cooled the air, melting away to chill the air and allowing the larger flakes you saw later in the afternoon eventually accumulate on the grassy surfaces as the air was too cool to melt them any longer.) Also, now the storm is forecast to develop at the eastern end of Long Island, instead of just south of NYC, so that moves us further into the colder air.

So watch for snow starting by the evening rush hour on Monday and continuing with some ice inland through Tuesday morning. Not more than an inch or three along the coast. Further inland, up the Hudson Valley there could be more snow and Connecticut could get a period of icefall. Boston and New England will get the stronger storm with 1 to 3 or more inches of snow and strong winds on Tuesday.

Our final shade of gray is the Moon posing with the planet Jupiter Sunday night.
Here they are together (Moon’s grayness overexposed to show Jupiter better.)
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And even the gray on the Moon gets washed out by the high thin clouds.
But notice the three craters near the dark edge came out sharp, even with the clouds fuzzing the view.
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That makes me happier and even happier to be able to share it with you.
Photos Canon XS on tripod, 250mm zoom lens.

As for the storm, go to your NWS page and click on your location for the variations by location.

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