Blocked sun knocks 5 degrees off Seattle's temperature
Well, that was fun!
The first nearly solar eclipse in Washington since 1979 put on quite the show - and notched some interesting weather events as well.
As the sun was mostly obscured, the temperature dropped 4 degrees at the University of Washington -- and 5 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport.
The light breezes also dropped to a near calm as psuedo-darkness fell.
The drop in temperatures was about exactly on par with what computer models had calculated. NOAA too the opportunity of the eclipse to try to create a weather forecast model that could predict the changes in the weather when the sun's heating was temporarily removed.
The model predicted about a 4-6 degree drop in Western Washington:
Strangely enough, the model over-predicted the cooling in Western Oregon -- where it was about a 3-4 degree drop but the model predicted as much as 8-10 degrees.
Aside from watching the thermometer and the skies, watching the satellite imagery was also pretty cool. Watch as the moon's shadow was seen from space:
GOES 16 animation of the eclipse shadow moving across the United States: pic.twitter.com/LbzVzE70wJ— Scott Sistek (@ScottSKOMO) August 21, 2017
Finally, some people earned big points for creativity on the eclipse!