Sunny, but chilly

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Main Threats

TONIGHT: Unseasonably cold temperatures

SATURDAY: Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms (some strong?)

Summary

The good news is that the light wintry mix threat for Thursday is looking very unlikely now. It just doesn’t look like the moisture will be there. Unfortunately, the storm and heavy rain threat appears to be increasing for the weekend.

For today and tomorrow, we can expect lots of sunshine. That sunshine will make it look warmer outside but this arctic chill will certainly hit you when you walk out the door. We’ll be back in the teens tonight but that should be the end of teens for lows for a while.

As for the storm threat this weekend, it’s something to be monitored. This past Sunday we saw a tornado outbreak that was to our south and moving east, northeast. This next weekend we’ll likely see a tornado outbreak to our west and southwest. Those storms will move east but there are a lot of questions as to how well organized they will still be by the time they get here. At this time, it looks like they will have evolved into primarily a heavy rain threat. That, of course, is something we don’t need, but we can handle heavy rainfall a lot better than we can tornadoes.

I’ll be keeping an eye on that situation over the coming days. If you have travel plans that take you west of here on Saturday, please pay attention to the weather.

Below is the current severe weather threat area for Saturday. Notice how expansive it is. Future outlooks will likely highlight more specific areas for the greater threats. The Storm Prediction Center doesn’t highlight areas this many days out without a high level of confidence that severe weather will occur. The peak of severe weather season extends from March-May.

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Hopefully, these storms won’t be as fierce as this past Sunday’s. Our nation has already, in one day, lost more lives to tornadoes in 2019 than we did in all of 2018. This severe weather season is off to a rough start.

Records

On this day in 1960 a new record low for the month of March was set right here in Crossville. That was when the mercury dipped to two degrees below zero! Yikes! And I thought it was cold this morning!

Almanac

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Record high: 72 (1955)

Record low: -2 (1960)

Today’s sunset: 5:39

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:02

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 35 mins 26 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 mins 37 mins 42 secs

One year ago today

It wasn’t quite as pretty as it had been the day before. Still, the high temperature reached 56 degrees, after a morning low of 34 degrees. Skies were mostly cloudy all day, but rain didn’t begin to move in until well after dark. A tenth of an inch or rain was recorded before the clock struck midnight, ushering in a new day.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: Excellent

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 1% illumination

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If you go out and look up shortly after nightfall, you’ll spot one of the most mysterious stars in our heavens. The star is called Epsilon. In cycles of 27 years, the star dims for two years. Why? No one knows for sure. Weird, huh? Since the star is over 40 light years away, we’ll just have to wonder about its mysteriousness for some time to come.

Below is a map of the night sky, shortly after sunset, for tonight. Epsilon is circled. It may be tricky to find, but with some effort it should be possible. If you can’t find it, there are plenty of other cool things to see!

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News

I’m working on a new section for the blog! With added attention coming from NASA Social events that I’m becoming active in (yes, I tell them about the blog. ha), we’ll be having some new company! These folks are from ALL over and I need a section that appeals to those folks. I’m thinking about a section that does something along the lines of “Meteorology 101” and teach a short, informative lesson on some topic in meteorology. Stay tuned!

You all have a great day!

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