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From Meteorologist Rick Dickert

Super Full Moon This Weekend

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This weekend's moon is a super one! Super because it will be the closest and appear the largest of all of the full moons in 2013. The "super" moon is officially full on Sunday at 4:32 am PDT. The moon will be at perigee, or closest to the Earth at the time that it is full. It will be just 221,824 miles from our planet or about 17,000 closer than the average distance of 238, 857 miles. Although that seems like a large distance, the moon will not really appear all that larger than a "normal" full moon. 

The extra gravitational pull due to perigee will produce extreme tides at our beaches. High tides this weekend will be over 7' at times and low tides will be about -1.5'. Rip currents will likely be stronger so be careful if you are planning a trip to the beach.

Moonrise Saturday Evening: 7:31 pm

Moonset Sunday Morning: 6:02 am

Moonrise Sunday Evening: 8:29 pm

The attached video clip from NASA is really cool. It shows the moon's phases and orbit for all of 2013.

Have a SAFE weekend everyone and don't forget to check my forecasts for the latest weather every Monday through Friday morning starting at 4:30am on FOX 11 or right here on 

Rick Dickert

FOX 11 Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Photo Credit: NASA

Video Credit: NASA

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