Friday’s sunset by the Condamine River.
Friday’s sunset by the Condamine River.

Nice now but cool winds coming

THE weekend warmed up a bit and gave the Southern Downs some beautiful weather.

Saturday was a perfect start with a low of 8 degrees and clear skies most of the day.

A light to moderate north-westerly wind blew during the afternoon, giving the region a high of 26 degrees.

Yesterday was another nice day with some patchy cloud developing during the day.

A south-easterly blew for most of the day and the temperature range was 12-24 degrees.

Today will see a trough move north from the Tasman Sea into the Coral Sea and combine with a ridge.

Winds should push onto the Downs from the south-east and may be gusty at times. Some cloud may move in during the afternoon but no rain is expected. The temperature range is expected to be 6-23 degrees.

Tomorrow will be fine and mostly clear with some patchy cloud in the afternoon.

Moderate winds from the south-east may be gusty at times as a new high forms in the southern Tasman sea.

This with strengthen the ridge and result in a slightly cooler temperatures and a chance of a shower or two east of the ranges, with a range of 6-21 degrees.

Wednesday will see the high remain over the Tasman Sea and continue to push fresh to strong south-easterly winds onto south-east Queensland.

Some cloud may develop in the early morning as the south-easterlies drive some moisture into our region but no rain is forecast. Temperatures of 5-22 predicted.

Thursday will see the minimum temperatures cool as the eastern high moves away from the coast and a new high comes into play in the bight.

There is a chance of a light frost in southern parts of the regions but it should a be fine clear and sunny day with winds from the south swinging to the east during the afternoon. Temperatures of 3-22 forecast.

Friday will be fine and clear after another cool start and a chance of a light frost in low lying areas.

The high should keep the southern half of the state cloud free, with light north-easterly winds throughout the day, and temperatures of 3-22.

At this stage next weekend is looking mostly fine with a chance of a shower on Sunday.

Blue moon

WE have all heard of a "blue moon", so what is it?

First, it does not mean the moon itself will be blue but rather that it is the third of four full moons in a single season.

There are different definitions for "blue moon".

The first and most popular is the second full moon in a calendar month.

This belief came about in a misquoted edition of the July, 1943 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine, written by Lawrence J. Lafleur.

The second, and more correct, definition is that a blue moon is the third moon of four in a season - a season being defined as the time period between a solstice and an equinox, or vice versa.

A couple of weeks ago we had a blue moon by the seasonal definition.

In modern terminology, the name blue moon accounts for times when there are more full moons than is ordinary.

It is believed the name "blue" was used to replace the no-longer-understood belewe "to betray".

It would have been a "betrayer moon" because in normal years the third full moon meant the beginning of spring whereas a blue moon would have meant another month of fasting.

The term "once in a blue moon" used to mean something rare.

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