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Sight For Sore Eyes: Super Worm Equinox Moon

Details on how to see the best lunar event of the month

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    Spring Snow En Route to Mountain Region

    Today (Wednesday): Seasonable, bright and quiet. Highs around 50. Overnight Wednesday Night: Clouds drift by. Lows in the 30s. Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy, chance PM shower. Night rain. Highs near 50. (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Wednesday is the Vernal Equinox, marking the official start of spring at 5:58 p.m.!

    Although Wednesday is labeled the equinox, implying daylight and nighttime are equal, that actually happened over the weekend. Wednesday we enjoy just over 12 hours of daylight and just under 12 hours of darkness.

    The equinox is notable because the sun’s rays directly hit the equator.

    Just hours after we ring in spring, we are also treated to a full moon at 9:23 p.m.

    The full "worm" moon rises just before sunset and gets its name each March because this is the time of year when the soil softens and earthworms reappear in gardens.

    This is also a "supermoon" because the moon is passing slightly closer to earth. This is already the third supermoon of 2019, with the others happening in January and February. It’s also the last of the year, however.

    Keep in mind that the moon only appears 10 percent larger than usual Wednesday night, which is virtually impossible to see with your naked eye.

    Because of the full moon, the high tides on both Thursday and Friday are running higher than normal. Combine that with an onshore wind as a storm approaches and we may find some pockets of splash over later this week.

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