Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Black Friday

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Headlines 

Dry & mild today and Saturday

Accumulating snowfall possible Monday

Much colder and unsettled for next week

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today & tomorrow: Partly cloudy and mild.

Sunday: Showers developing by afternoon. Turning colder overnight, with a rain/snow mix developing.

Monday: Rain & snow transition to all snow. Light accumulation possible. Light snow continues overnight.

Tuesday: Morning flurries/light snow, then becoming partly cloudy. Cold.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cold.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a slight chance for rain & snow.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

A cooler and more stable airmass will prevent severe thunderstorms for the next seven days.

By Sunday night, colder air will begin working its way into the region. As this cold air catches up with moisture, rain will change to snow. Expect that mix to continue for at least the first part of the day Monday. By Monday afternoon/evening enough cold air will move in to change precip to all snow. Up to one inch of snow accumulation is possible by Tuesday morning.

On This Day in Wx History

1883 – Fire engines were called out in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, as a result of the red afterglow of the sunset, due to vivid red ash from the Krakatoa Volcano explosion in August.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 93° at Falcon Lake, Texas 

Low: -8° at Daniel, Wyoming

Tropical Outlook

One are of disturbed weather (orange shaded) now has a 40% chance of becoming a named storm. The good news is that it will stay out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms can be found along the northern Gulf Coastlines of Texas and Louisiana, while snow accumulates on the colder side of that system across New Mexico and Arizona. More snowflakes can be found across the northern Rockies, as well as across the Great Lakes region.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Almost a repeat of today! More severe storms can be found along the northern Gulf Coast, while snowflakes fly across the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. More snowflakes can be found across the northern Rockies and portions of New England.

 Weather Shots

I went for a walk on the farm yesterday and captured this little waterfall. Nothing so relaxing as the sound of running water.

NASA Nerdology 

During this week in 2011, The Mars Rover named Curiosity was launched. The rover landed in 2012 and is still journeying across the Martian surface.

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Meteorologist Mark’s Thanksgiving Wx Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Headlines 

A nice Thanksgiving

Next storm system arrives later Sunday

Light snowfall possible Monday night

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today – Saturday: Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for a sprinkle/light shower in the afternoon. Showers likely overnight.

Monday: Rain & snow likely. Turning colder. Minor accumulation of snow possible by evening. Snow likely overnight, with additional accumulation possible.

Tuesday: A chance of light snow, especially in the morning. Minor accumulation is possible.

Wednesday: Partly to mostly cloudy and chilly.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

A cooler airmass will keep us free from any severe thunderstorm threats for the next 7-10 days.

Accumulating snowfall may occur Monday night on the plateau. It’s too early to say just how much may accumulate, if any, so stay tuned!

On This Day in Wx History

1925- F3 tornado touches down near Charlotte (Dickson County). Two farms, six miles apart, lost buildings. Timber is downed between the two farms. On the first farm, a two story log home is blown apart. Logs were driven into the ground 100 yards away. Damage is estimated at $10,000. Dickson County is located just west of Nashville.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 89° at Brownsville, Texas 

Low: -12° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

Here it is Thanksgiving and the National Hurricane Center STILL has two areas to watch in the Atlantic. Thankfully, neither area has much of a chance of developing into a named storm and neither would ever be a threat to the US.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A strong cold front will bring unsettled weather to the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard, with freezing rain falling across Maine and New Hampshire. Elsewhere, snowflakes are flying on the US/Canada border, as well as across parts of the northern Rockies and the Four Corners region.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms will threaten parts of the Texas and Louisiana coastline, while snowflakes fly in the colder air of New Mexico and Arizona. More snowflakes will be flying in the Cascades of Washington state.

 Weather Shots

This AMAZING lightning shot is from all the way down under…from Australia! Thunderstorms there this week have been putting on quite the show. Jason H (@OreboundImages) snapped this photo and captured this amazing display of one of Nature’s deadlier forces. He tweeted, “Some incredible lightning again tonight as a series of vigorous thunderstorms moved through the region just after sunset, bringing heavy rain and some fairly strong winds.”

NASA Nerdology 

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft captured this image of Europa in the final days of November of 1999. This 12-frame mosaic view of the moon’s Jupiter-facing hemisphere shows the many lines crisscrossing its surface. Powerful tides may have created these icy fractures.

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Good news about today’s storm potential (issued Wed at 10:50am)

The threat for severe storms is decreasing for this evening. The threat was always low, but it is now even lower (per latest data coming in).

The Storm Prediction Center has just dropped us from the marginal risk. We are now just in the general t-storm risk category. Never the less, any storm that can develop along the front this evening could still produce a strong wind gust.

I’ll keep an eye on things, just in case something changes again, but I’m feeling more and more confident that the clouds and showers we have now will really help stabilize the atmosphere today and keep us safe. Plus, as I’ve stated in previous blog posts, the better instability is to our north, while the better “spin” for rotating storms is to our south. That leaves us in the middle and that often means we just get rain and thundershowers.

Look for showers and thundershowers to continue for much of the day. Activity should increase a bit late this evening, when the cold front arrives.

We also have the wind advisory in place, for wind gusts to 45 mph. That expires at noon but gusty winds will likely continue into the afternoon.

I’ll update again, if needed. Unlike a toddler, if I’m quiet things are usually alright (ha).

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Nov. 25

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Headlines 

Wind Advisory in effect today for strong winds

Strong to severe storms possible after 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving weather looking nice

Wintry precip expected next week

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Today is a weather-aware day, with strong southerly winds throughout the day, followed by a line of strong (severe?) line of storms this evening.

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers & thunderstorms. A few storms could be strong to severe in the evening. Windy. Winds will diminish overnight.

Thanksgiving: Partly cloudy and nice.

Friday: Partly cloudy & mild. Sprinkles possible overnight.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy.

Sunday: Scattered showers. Turning colder overnight, with rain changing to snow.

Monday: A chance for rain and snow showers. Breezy & cold.

Tuesday: Continue unseasonably cold. Partly cloudy skies.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

My concern is unchanged from yesterday and remains on the low end of the threat scale. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in the marginal risk for severe storms, which is the lowest of the threat levels issued by them. The main threat is a damaging straight-line wind gust along a line of strong storms that will cross the plateau this evening. The main threat timeframe is 6:00 – 10:00 pm. This is not a widespread severe weather event, but an isolated severe storm is possible. I’ll keep you posted!

On This Day in Wx History

1950 – A great storm hit the northern and central Appalachians with snow and high winds. Winds reached hurricane force along the eastern slopes of the Appalachians, with gusts to 100 mph at Hartford, Connecticut. The winds on Mount Washington in New Hampshire hit 160 mph! Heavy rain also hit the eastern slopes, with eight inches reported at Slide Mountain, New York. The western slopes were buried under heavy snow. The storm produced record snowfall totals of 27.7 inches at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and 36.3 inches at Steubenville, Ohio. The snow and record-cold temperatures resulted in 160 deaths.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 94° at Rio Grande Village, Falcon Lake, & Zapata, Texas 

Low: -16° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor an area of low pressure in the Atlantic. The system still carries a 30% chance of developing into a named storm. Whatever happens, the system will be staying out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A strong storm system will bring unsettled weather to much of the eastern US today. Some of the storms along the cold front could be strong to severe. Meanwhile, snowflakes are flying across the northern Rockies and some of that will be accumulating.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Unsettled weather remains along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, but hazardous weather is not expected. Folks across northern Idaho/western Montana, western Colorado and northern Arizona will have a white Thanksgiving!

 Weather Shots

Strong to severe storms rocked parts of the southern plains yesterday. This was the scene just west of Oklahoma City yesterday evening. Bart Comstock (@SvrWxChaser) captioned this photo he took by writing, “Insane whale’s mouth moving down I-40 right now west of OKC. Absolutely gorgeous!” A “whale’s mouth” is a weather slang term for clouds with this appearance. Impressive looking skies, to say the least!

NASA Nerdology 

During this final week of November in 2015, mathematician Katherine Johnson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. NASA noted, “Johnson’s work at NASA helped make our first endeavors into spaceflight possible, and we will never forget her courage and her leadership.” A wonderful honor for a wonderful lady.

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