Can you believe how warm it is this morning? It’s hard to believe we were 10-13 degrees across the plateau just 48 hours ago. Now, we’re 40 degrees warmer! If you don’t like the weather around here just hang around a minute and it’ll change (ha).
Look for mostly cloudy skies for the next couple of days. Rain will be off and on, so you need to keep the rain gear handy. Temperatures will be milder, at least, so that’s a plus!
By Saturday, we’ll see more rain and storms. Some of the storms could be strong. The main threat of severe weather will stay to our south and west but this system could still have enough of a punch on Saturday to give us a strong storm or two across the plateau.
Below is the latest severe weather outlook by the Storm Prediction Center. Notice the higher threat is just off to the west of the plateau.
Sunday is looking fantastic! Make plans to be outside. These nice days don’t last forever this time of year.
Speaking of which…. The beginning of next week will bring a return to winter, including a chance for some more snowflakes by Tuesday. It doesn’t look like we’ll get much, if any, accumulation but we may see some flakes flying again. Next week is looking chilly and any disturbance that comes through at night could throw some snowflakes.
We’re fortunate that Saturday’s system will be losing steam by the time it gets here. For folks around Arkansas the ingredients may come together well enough to give them some strong to severe storms today. The upper level energy and the surface instability and wind shear should match up well enough there today to give them some potent storms, including the risk for tornadoes.
Then, as we go through the night the upper level energy will move northward, while the instability and wind shear will slip away to the east. That means the two main ingredients for severe weather will become misaligned, leading to a significant reduction in the severe weather threat.
Many of us watched the lighting of the Christmas tree in New York City on TV on Wednesday night. Folks looked like they were freezing. They were lucky because temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees, thought the light breeze made it feel much cooler. Those folks would have surely thought they were freezing to death if that tree lighting had been on this day in 1875. The final day of November greeted New Yorkers to a morning low of five degrees, setting an all-time record low for the city.
Today is the final day of the official hurricane season (June 1-Nov 30). Although this is the last day of the season, we have had storms as late as this day. On this day in 1957, for example, Hurricane Nina impacted the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu recorded a record wind gust of 82 mph, as downsloping winds off the mountains accelerated into the city. At the coast, beach-goers were treated to 35-foot waves! What is remarkable is that the eye of the powerful hurricane never came any closer than 120 miles from the islands. That was quite the storm!
This Time Last Year
On this day last year we enjoyed a warm high of 60 degrees, after a morning low of 44 degrees. It was a bit of a rainy day, though, with Crossville recording nearly a quarter of an inch of rain. The strongest wind gust was 12 mph.
You remember the New Hampshire snow that our weatherTAP Facebook follower Gene Bank sent us yesterday? Well, I am happy to report that he finally has his lights back on. He also reports that he has had 35 inches of snow at his house so far this year. He averages 85 inches a year, so he is well on his way to a record year.
NASA announced yesterday that we are, in fact, returning to the Moon! We haven’t been there since 1972. Twelve men in total have walked on the Moon and all 12 were Americans.
This time our mission is quite different. We’re hoping to use the Moon as a stepping stone, if you will, to Mars. If we could launch from Mars to get to the Moon, we would use much, much less fuel because Earth’s atmosphere is what causes us the most trouble due to so much friction. It will be very interesting to see where all this goes!
How wild would it be to one day look up at the Moon and know people were living there? Kinda freaky and cool at the same time, right?
I’ll stick with good ole Earth, myself. Although…..predicting the weather on the Moon sure would be a lot easier. But, what fun would that be? ha
You all have a great day!