A rather quiet week ahead

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Main threats

THURSDAY: HEAVY RAINFALL AND A STRONG STORM

Summary

Overall, it’s a pretty quite week ahead. The only bump in the road would be the rain that moves in Wednesday night and Thursday. Some of that rainfall could be quite heavy, leading to a flash flood risk. Right now, that risk looks greatest during Thursday morning. There’s also the risk of a strong storm or two across the plateau. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Then, skies clear on Friday and that sets the stage for a sunny, albeit cooler, weekend! We can handle those temps, though. We just want that sunshine, right?

Records

On this day in 1911 the town of Tamarach, California reported a whopping 451 inches of snow on the ground. That’s nearly 38 feet of snow! This set a record for number of inches of snow on the ground at one time in the United States. Tamarack is high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, just south of Lake Tahoe. They have an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet.

Speaking of crazy March snow….

On this day in 1962 the state of Iowa was hit with one of the most paralyzing snowstorms in state history. The town of Inwood reported four feet of snow on the ground by the time the storm was over.

On this day in 2006, a drought that had hit the Phoenix, Arizona area very hard came to an end. After 143 days without rain, they finally got rain. The 1.4″ of rain for this day also broke a rain record for the city for this day. When it rains it pours, right?

By the way, can you imagine going 143 days without rain? Not around here!

Almanac

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Record high: 77 (1990)

Record low: 15 (1998)

Today’s sunset: 6:44

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:54

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 49 mins 01 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 51 mins 18 secs

One year ago today

It was a mild day, with a high of 55 and a low of 49 degrees. You know when the high and low are that close together it likely rained or was cloudy all day. That was certainly the case! We fell just short of one-half inch of rain, collecting 0.48 inches.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 21% illumination

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News

A report that came out over the weekend confirmed that the 2018 fire season was the worst on state record for California. More than 100 people were killed, 17,000 homes destroyed, 700 businesses destroyed, and 1.8 million acres were burned. The previous state record for acreage burned in a single year was set only year earlier. That’s when 1.3 million acres burned in 2017.

The fires are the primary result of years of drought, followed by poor land management. There are already concerns for an active 2019 fire season. This winter has been a wet one and that is allowing the underbrush to become quite lush. As summer nears, the weather will get drier and that underbrush may become kindling for the next fires.

On the flip side of things, Tennessee had the fewest fires on record last year. It’s hard to start a fire when it’s always raining….. I guess that’s the bright side to the wettest year on record!

You all have a great day!

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