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7:00 AM | "Cosmic coincidence"; Mid-70's to close out the week and to begin the weekend

Paul Dorian

6-Day Forecast


Mostly sunny, breezy, mild, highs in the mid 70’s


Mostly clear, chilly, lows in the low 50’s


Mostly sunny, breezy, mild, low-to-mid 70’s

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, cool, some fog late, mid 50’s


Some fog early then becoming mostly sunny, cooler, mid 60’s


Some fog early then becoming partly sunny, even cooler, upper 50’s


Partly sunny, cool, near 60


Mostly cloudy, cool, showers possible, upper 50’s


A very nice end to the week is shaping up for southern California, but before we talk about that let's give an update on a "cosmic coincidence". First, later today an asteroid will pass by the Earth at a relatively close distance in terms of the cosmos, some 17,150 miles away. This distance is actually closer than geosynchronous satellites which orbit at about 22,500 miles and they provide data for GPS, communications, and weather predictions. Apparently, there is no chance that the asteroid, which is about 50 meters in size, will damage any of these spacecraft. The closest approach of the asteroid will be at about 2:24pm (ET) and this is the closest that any tracked object this size has ever come to the Earth. It is not expected to be visible around here with this closest approach coming during daytime hours. Coincidentally, in an unrelated event, a meteorite exploded early today over the Ural Mountains in Russia damaging many buildings and injuring hundreds of people due to such things as broken glass. The town that took the brunt of this damage, Chelyabinsk, is located about 900 miles east of Moscow.

Now back home, high temperatures will reach the mid 70’s to close out the work week and also to begin the weekend. The pattern remains dry right through the weekend although a cooling trend will begin on Sunday and late night/early morning low clouds and fog may make a return to coastal sections.