Tropical Storm Lee blocks the sun today but no comparison to a “sun block” in Greenland. Folks there are accustomed to sunless winters and an unexpected early appearance of sun came with mixed reactions. In the town of Ilusissat, north of the Arctic Circle, the sun rose two days earlier than the traditional January 11 rise. Some questioned whether it really happened and if so, what was the cause? LiveScience reports that scientists confirmed that the melting ice sheet, the approaching leap year and the possibility that an illusion, due to an atmospheric effect, are the reasons. University of Alaska-Fairbanks experts reported that the only way this could have occurred was a change in the Earth-sun orbital parameters. No shift in the tilt of the Earth’s axis happened. Fastcast: Wind-Rain.

Tropical storm conditions expected. Rain and possibly a thunderstorm with heavy rainfall. High near 82 degrees. East wind 35 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Tonight, tropical storm conditions expected. Low about 74 degrees. North wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.