More sun!? What?

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Main threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

Wait….three days of sun in a row? I just don’t believe it.

Yes, we get one more day of sun! And I am proud to report that I can confidently drop our shower chances from tomorrow and bump them to Thursday afternoon/evening. That’s when we will be in for a pattern change that will bring more wet weather to the plateau.

By Friday, we may even hear some thunder, due to a strong cold front that will be moving through. Friday looks to be the wettest day of the week. That front will drop temperatures on Saturday and by Saturday night we could be quite chilly. With enough moisture left over, we may even see some rain/snow mix or solid snow showers on Sunday. Right now, that doesn’t look like a big deal.

Looking into next week, temps will stay very chilly, with off and on precip chances that may bring some wintry weather.

Records

This day in 1910 was the day a winter storm disaster struck Washington state. A multi-day storm dropped up to 129 inches in the mountains. That’s nearly 11 feet! This is a single-storm record for the state. On the 23rd, a deadly avalanche occurred. By the 28th, the snow turned to rain and set the stage for total disaster. Find out what that disaster was come Friday….

On this day in 2004 the third largest snowstorm in Charlotte, North Carolina’s history hit the city. Twenty inches of snow fell on the metro area, with the airport picking up 11.6 inches.

Today is the anniversary of the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster in Logan County, West Virginia. A 50-foot wall of water raced down a narrow valley, killing 125 people and causing 51 million dollars in damage. The break was the result of three days of rain on top of half a foot of snow cover.

Almanac

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Record high: 76 (1977)

Record low: 5 (1967)

Today’s’ sunset: 5:32

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:11

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 19 mins 41 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 21 mins 55 secs

One year ago today

It was a mild day, with a high of 57 and a low of 39 degrees. Just a little over a quarter inch of rain fell (0.27″). Periods of light rain persisted until noon, then skies were partly cloudy, with light winds.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon phase: Last Quarter, 50% illumination

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It could really pay to be an early riser this week! Get up and look east before dawn and you’ll be dazzled by the moon’s dance with three beautiful planets; Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.

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Looking east, just before sunrise. Venus and Jupiter will really shine!venus-moon-jupiter-1-31-2019-Steve-Pond-UK-e1548966890397

News

SpaceX announced yesterday that they will be a sending a mannequin to the International Space Station on the DEMO-1 launch that I will be at late Friday night! This is only the second dummy ever sent to space. This is part of the test to see how humans will fare on such a flight. All is expected to go well.

You all have a great day!

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