It’s a beautiful day for a birthday!

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Main threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

We should see partly cloudy skies again today. It should be another dry day, before we start talking about some shower chances for Thursday.

Clouds will increase during the day tomorrow and that will be the first steps toward a bit of a wetter pattern. We’re not looking at significant rainfall, but most of us should see some rain by the time the weekend is over.

Then, some colder air works its way in here and we may even see some snow showers Sunday or Sunday night. I’ll keep you posted on that but right now any accumulation looks to be light (if any).

Records

Many moons before my birthday, there was a record snowstorm that hit Maine. On this day in 1967, the worst snowstorm in that state’s history dropped 57 inches of snow at West Forks. Drifts completely covered single story homes and many roofs collapsed under the weight of the snow. Mount Washington reported 97.8 inches of snow, a record for all of New England.

Man, nearly 100 inches of snow on my birthday…. that’s what I’m talkin’ about! (HA)

Also on this day, an EF-0 tornado crossed southern California’s San Joaquin Valley. It was the only tornado reported in the U.S. that month. So, although the weak tornado did no damage, it did keep February 2010 out of the record books. Had there been no tornado, this would have been only the sixth month in record keeping history that the entire U.S. would not have seen a tornado in a month’s time. In other words, since tornado records began in 1950 there has been at least one tornado per month in the U.S. for all but five of those months.

Almanac

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Record high: 71 (1981)

Record low: 5 (1963)

Today’s sunset: 5:33

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:10

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

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 24 mins 09 secs

One year ago today

Last year my birthday was very warm. After a frosty start at 32 degrees, we warmed up to 60 degrees in the afternoon. No precipitation fell, which would have difficult to happen with clear skies (ha). Winds were either calm, or light from the south, all day.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 40% illumination

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News

What other news could possibly be bigger than my birthday? Unless, of course, we need to talk about the rocket launch I’m flying down to see!!! My flight leaves this evening and I am so excited! Tomorrow and Friday are both packed with all kinds of cool things that NASA has planned, followed by the big rocket launch EARLY Saturday morning.

You’ll probably hear from me on Friday than tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

I’ll be keeping you all posted and it’s sure to be an incredible experience.

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