Does the full moon have any impact on our recent nighttime temperatures?
Have you seen the moon the last few nights? It's been pretty amazing, especially in some of your photos (like the one shown above).
As of January 1, the full moon was in 'perigee.' That's its closest point in orbit around Earth. What this does is make the moon seem a little brighter and a little bigger than your typical full moon.
At the same time, we have seen single digit temperatures each of the last three mornings. This is the first time this has happened in our area since January of 2014.
Are the two related, though? I actually stumbled upon something on Reddit that caught my attention, with regards to this very topic.
Essentially what it boils down to is that the moon is half a million times less bright than the sun. This doesn't reflect enough light to make a difference. You also have to take into account that the moon's surface temperature is much, much, much cooler than that of the sun.
The fact that there's been a full moon around some of the coldest nights we've seen in quite some time is really just coincidence. The presence of an Arctic air mass, clear skies and calm winds have everything to do with the last three morning temperatures.
Friday and Saturday mornings will likely be in the single digits too. For more on the forecast ahead, click here.