Most of the rain has moved out, after dropping 1.24″ here at weatherTAP, but we will see more showers, some of which will be mixed with sleet. Temps will be dropping by 9:00 a.m. We are currently 51 degrees at 8:00 a.m. but that will soon change. The temperature in Cookeville is currently 40 degrees, with a north wind at 12-15 mph. That will be here soon. Any left over moisture will turn to some sleet pellets and snow flurries, with no accumulation expected. As you can see on the 5-day outlook, I added a caution to Thursday morning. There’s a good possibility of dense fog in the morning. With temps hovering in the lower 20s, that fog could freeze on roadways, porch steps, sidewalks, etc. and create a thin layer of ice that’s hard to see. On the roads we call this black ice. Be careful on your Thursday morning commute and be aware of this possibility. Other than that, Thursday and most of Friday look great. Our next storm system moves in Friday night and that will set the stage for a very wet weekend. Outdoor plans are not advised. The unsettled weather will continue into next week, with more rain chances.
Once the front moves through today, we will be ushered into a much colder air mass. Thankfully, this will be another short-lived shot of cold air, with temperatures by Friday warming right back up to the mid 50s for us on the plateau. That warmer air is being pulled up here by yet another storm system that moves in Friday night. Rain, some of it heavy, will persist right on through the weekend. There may be enough cold air to turn some of the rain Sunday night to some light snow, but I wouldn’t get too excited about that. Confidence in the forecast for Sunday night is very low.
I guess the good news is that there continues to be no indication of any prolonged arctic air invasions. It looks like we are now in a very progressive pattern where storm systems quickly come and go, one right after the other. This is keeping the coldest air from settling in on us and sticking around for days and weeks on end like it did earlier this winter.
Make sure you pay attention to the forecast for Thursday morning. That black ice is nothing to take lightly. Hopefully, the fog won’t be as dense as models are indicating but all indications are that there could be some very dense fog around. With temps as cold as they’re going to be, I’d be remiss not to give you a heads up.
Falcon Heavy Rocket
Yesterday, many of us watched as the Falcon heavy rocket was fired off on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This was the most powerful rocket on earth at the time and it was a very crucial test in how we’ll get to Mars, and even to the moon again. The main rocket was supported by two boosters that made it safely back to earth after getting the main rocket into low earth orbit. This was a huge test for recovering boosters and saves us millions of dollars in future endeavors by being able to reuse these. The main rocket, just as hoped, released the red Roadster it was carrying and that car will reach the orbit of Mars, proving that we can reach it too with the right vehicle. Normally, these test missions carry “dummy” payloads, but Elon Musk wanted to do something funner. Quirky billionaires, right? The Roadster was once Musk’s electric car, made by Tesla, which Musk also owns.
The rocket was capable of carrying the weight of 737 jetliners loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel. This made it the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two.
The car will be in orbit for the next several million years, sending back pictures as it does so. Riding in the car is a manican that is dressed like an astronaut cruising through space, one hand on the wheel and the other propped on the door. The words “Don’t Panic” are on the dashboard of the car. One has to wonder what aliens would think if they saw this thing (ha). And, of course, David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” is on replay in the car’s radio.
I should mention that this is the largest rocket every fired at the expense of a private company. No government money was used.
Please visit http://www.spacex.com/ for more information, as well as replays of the launch.
You all have a great day and stay warm and dry! Again, be mindful of some slick spots in the morning.