Not only is it Mayday, but it is also Election Day here on the plateau! Be sure and take some time out of your day to go cast your vote. You sure can’t use weather as an excuse not to vote!
Our weather today will be full of abundant sunshine and light winds. Check out those high temps for this week! I’m ready to remember what 80 degrees feels like! We won’t worry about any rain until later in the day Friday. Some of that may stick around for Saturday and Sunday in the form of isolated showers or storms. I’m not impressed with this front’s capabilities to bring us rain. At this point, I wouldn’t cancel outdoor plans, but I would make sure I had a place to stay dry, just in case a shower or storm moves into your area. It’s actually a pattern that reminds me of summer, with partly cloudy skies and very warm conditions, with the possibility of a shower or storm. Even if you do get a shower, it will quickly pass and then the sun will pop out again.
The chance for severe weather looks extremely low.
The mild weather sticks with us through the extended forecast.
Check out this pic of the Dogwood in the front yard. I’m loving the arrival of spring, but I’ve never seen us go into May without leaves on the trees.
Speaking of Mayday….where does that term even come from? Well, I’m glad you asked! Before the days of air traffic, the only distress signal really needed was S.O.S. That was mostly used for ships and the like. SOS was chosen because it’s easy to transmit via Morse Code. It’s literally dot-dot-dot dash-dash-dash dot-dot-dot. Easy enough to remember and transmit when you think you’re going to die, right? (ha). However, once air travel began to really pick up, especially during the 1920s in Europe, a new distress signal was needed. They needed one that could be said clearly enough to not be mistaken for any other word. Saying “SOS” could be misunderstood by folks with certain dialects, and the “S” can be mistaken for “F” when said by certain people.
A new distress signal was born from the French word “m’aider”, which means “help me” in English. It’s a word that can be clearly understood by those yelling it across the radio. And yes, when you need to call Mayday you’re usually yelling it because you’re in great distress and you think you’re about to die. You’re not having the best day, in other words.
So, there’s your Mayday lesson of the day. This still ties in to weather because weather is often the reason you’re yelling Mayday. Weather continues to be the greatest threat to travelers even today.
Speaking of distressing weather….
The folks out on the central Plains will not be enjoying the nice weather we have today. They will, instead, be staying vigilant today for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The area of greatest risk today is southeastern Nebraska to central Kansas. The threat shifts southward to include nearly the entire states of Oklahoma and Kansas on Wednesday. Hopefully, everyone will stay weather aware and we can continue to see 2018’s extremely low numbers of folks hurt in storms. One positive thing about a cooler spring is that we have some of the lowest numbers of lives lost in storms this year that I’ve ever seen.
Today’s severe storms threats.
And, like I said yesterday, we don’t have to worry about these storms coming here. We have high pressure in control and it will steer the nastiest storms well to our north.
I put together this diagram, using a daily weather map, to show you how the storms will go. High pressure acts like a big bubble that protects us. Air sinks under high pressure and storms don’t like sinking air. Plus, the flow around high pressure is clock-wise, steering the storms away from us. Until the high pressure breaks down or moves, we can’t get big storms.
You all enjoy this day and the beautiful streak of nice weather we have going on. And don’t forget to vote!
Finally, I’ll leave you with a mistake an on-camera meteorologist made with her weather map. See if you can spot it. Hopefully, this isn’t a forecast for your life today (HA).