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Rainstorm might obscure L.A.'s view of 'supermoon'

March 19, 2011 |  7:48 am

Moon over city hall

A series of rainstorms this weekend might alter the view of Saturday's "supermoon."

The National Weather Service forecast calls for scattered showers Saturday, followed by a larger storm moving in late Saturday night and Sunday morning. Officials called for a 50% chance of rain on Saturday, so it's possible there will be patches of clear sky at night to view the "supermoon."

Between Saturday night and Sunday night, the NWS said parts of the L.A. basin could see 2 to 4 inches of rain and foothill areas could see up to 8 inches.

Officials warned the Sunday storm could produce flooding, possible mudslides and winds strong enough to down trees and power lines. Snow will fall to below 5,000 feet.

There were reports of showers Saturday morning in parts of Orange County.

As the sun sets in the west on Saturday, the biggest, brightest moon in about 20 years will be begin peeking over the Eastern horizon. According to The Times' Stephen Ceasar, it will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

Infrared Satellite Image

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: The moon rises over L.A. City Hall Friday. Saturday's full moon will be the closest since 1993. Credit: Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

Image: National Weather Service rain map.