Red moon rising and record winter lows

The clear skies overnight allowed the temperature to plunge, but it also created perfect viewing conditions for a rare Super blood wolf moon over Finland.

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View of the Super blood wolf moon above Finland on 21st January 2019 / Credit: Paul Stevens

Finns got a rare chance to see a rare celestial event known as a super blood wolf moon in the early hours of the morning.

Clear skies allowed people in many parts of the country to see the phenomenon in all its glory.

The lunar event coincided with the lowest temperatures of the winter so far, with the mercury dipping down to -36.6°C in Lapland.

According to the Astronomical Association Ursa, the super blood wolf moon’s most spectacular stage – a complete lunar eclipse – could been observed in Finland from 06:41 this morning for about an hour.

Ursa says that various lunar eclipses are seen around the world 2-5 times in a year, but complete eclipses are considerably rarer – nor can they all be seen in Finland.

The last complete eclipse seen throughout the country took place in August 2018 and the next complete lunar eclipse can be seen in Finland in 2025 with the right weather conditions.

Cold weather day in Espoo, 21st January 2019 / Credit: News Now Finland

Temperatures hitting record lows

The exceptional views of the super blood wolf moon came thanks to perfectly clear skies on the coldest night of winter so far.

In Naruka, Lapaland, the temperature was measured to a low point of -36.6°C. Last year, by comparison, the coldest winter temperature was -37°C.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI the clear sky was the biggest reason for the extremely cold temperatures, as cloud cover would normally keep the temperature warmer.

It was a bitterly cold night in other parts of Finland as well, with temperatures in Jyväskylä down to -25.4°C. It was a chilly -31.8°C in Ylivieska. And -28.3°C in Vihti.

The cold spell is just around for today, with some warming already by tomorrow.

“After today, on Tuesday, there will be a slight relief to the low temperature, as cloudiness across the country will increase and as a result of that the temperature will not get as low as they have been now” says meteorologist Nina Karusto.

“However, there are also areas in Finland where temperatures will stay around -15 to -20 degrees, so it can not be expected that temperatures will rise notably” she tells News Now Finland.

Looking further ahead, Karusto says that the weather is likely to become much more uncertain towards the end of the week, and that temperatures could even right to zero in some areas.