The calm before more rain and storms

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Main threats

SATURDAY: Heavy rainfall and strong storms

Summary

Look for one more mostly sunny day, before the clouds of change begin moving back in. Those clouds will start arriving tomorrow, becoming thicker as the day goes along. Rain chances should arrive after dark. Thankfully, it looks like temps will be warm enough to support rain.

Friday is looking wet. Be sure to keep that rain gear handy. The good news is that the rain is the result of warmer air moving in. The bad news is that the warm and moist air will bring a chance for heavy rainfall and storms to our area by Saturday night.

Some of the rainfall looks to be heavy, with a few inches of rain possible by the time this system wraps up on Sunday. We’ll also have to keep an eye on the storms. A severe weather outbreak is expected to our west and southwest on Saturday. We’ll have to see how well that activity holds together to gauge our severe weather threat for Saturday night.

Right now, it looks like all that severe weather will morph into an overnight heavy rain threat for our area Saturday. Never the less, I’ll keep an eye on this and keep you posted! This is a very potent system and it bears watching.

Right now, Monday and Tuesday looks partly cloudy, but that is certainly not set in stone. Yet another big storm system is poised to move in by midweek. If that arrives earlier, the forecast for Tuesday will change.

Records

On this day in 1853, the Gallipolis Journal of Gallipolis, Ohio reported that, ““A tornado visited the vicinity of Clarksonville [sic], Tennessee, on Sunday night, leveling dwellings, stables, barns and trees to the ground; but as far as heard from no lives were lost. The track of the storm was half a mile wide. So terrific was it that the roads were filled with the fallen timber.” 

This next one can be filed under “anything can happen in March.” It was on this day in 1954 that Florida received its greatest one-day snow on modern record. Milton, Florida picked up 4 inches of snow. Milton is located just northeast of Pensacola, or about 60 miles east of Mobile, AL. During this same event, Pensacola equaled their 24-hour record with 2.1 inches of snow.

Almanac

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Record high: 75 (1956)

Record low: 1 (1960)

Today’s sunset: 5:40

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:00

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 37 mins  42 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 39 mins 59 secs

One year ago today

Rain ended  not long after midnight, accumulating to 0.36 inches. The rest of the morning was foggy and cloudy, with clouds breaking around noon. Light winds became a bit gusty in the afternoon from the west. This was likely a cold frontal passage. The high was 58 and the low was 43.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon phase: New Moon, 0% illumination

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Below is a map of the night sky at 8:00 p.m. I highlighted Mars for you all. Go out and look up! Temps are warming up and it won’t be as cold as it was last night. Plus, sky viewing these days is made even better with the Moon being darkened. That just lets those stars shine, so long as clouds don’t get in the way.

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News

I’ve been invited to read to a group of kids at North School this morning, which reminds me…..

As those of you here at work know, I pledged to raise $1,000 last year to run the St. Jude Rock-N-Roll marathon last spring in Nashville. Our lunch fundraiser was a huge success and I practically met my pledge with work donations alone! This year, I’ve pledged the same but I bet with my new blog family’s help, along with Facebook, I can exceed that pledge. Might as well try, right? And for such a good cause, too.

This is my favorite fundraising event. I’ve already raised nearly $200 on Facebook through folks giving through my online link. Those folks have given that without me even begging that much! (ha). I’m about to crank up the begging though, and I bet you anything I exceed that pledge!

Any amount you can give helps! If I exceed my pledge by $500 by March 29, I get free entry into the St Jude race in Memphis in December, with hotel stay included! Let’s make that happen! ANY amount of donation will do just fine. You can even give anonymously if you wish.

The least we can do is reduce the burden on a family that is facing its worst nightmare. Many of us are so lucky and blessed. Let’s help those out who are walking a rough road today.

Here’s that link. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! If you have any questions just let me know!

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes%3Bjsessionid=00000000.app20102b?px=4948061&pg=personal&fr_id=97508&NONCE_TOKEN=88AB53BA56F66141509710DE14C867FD

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