Springtime sunshine

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

We’ve got nothing but sunshine and warmer temps to look forward to over the next few days. Our next weather maker begins arriving late Friday night and Saturday. I still think the bulk of this system will occur after noon on Saturday but stay tuned for timing adjustments.

We should see showers and some storms with this system, but the severe weather threat looks very low.

It now looks like most of the rain will be out of here by lunch time Sunday. We may even see some sunshine Sunday afternoon, depending on how stubborn the post-frontal cloud cover is.

We begin warming up again by Tuesday.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Did you know you can have a blizzard with clear skies? It’s true! The official definition of a blizzard states that wind gusts must be 35 mph or greater, accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow for three hours or longer. The key phrase here is “falling AND/OR blowing snow.” There are times when snow is on the ground out west but the wind is blowing so hard that you have a ground blizzard, with the snowing being blown around like dust. This can occur even with clear skies above.

I’ve actually driven through one of these in Colorado and the sky becomes darkened by the blowing snow. It’s a freaky thing to experience! (ha)  #whiteknuckledriving

Records

An outbreak of tornadoes in the Ohio Valley turned very deadly when one of the twisters set its sights on Louisville, Kentucky. In all, 78 people were killed in the city on this day in 1890.

A three-day snowstorm in the High Plains region finally came to an end on this day in 1950. Dumont, South Dakota recorded 34 inches of snow in just 24 hours. By the time the storm was over, though, they had 50 inches of snow on the ground!

Almanac

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Record high: 77 (2007)

Record low: 9* (1955) *That is a very cold record low for this time of year!

Today’s sunset: 6:58

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:31

Today’s day length: 12 hrs 25 mins 38 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 27 mins 55 secs

One year ago today

It was a pretty nice day! The high reached 60 degrees, after a morning low of only 44. No precipitation fell and winds averaged a speed of nine mph. The strongest wind gust was from the south at 31 mph.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: EXCELLENT

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 57% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The stars of the show, so to speak, continue to be those planets at dawn. You can use the moon to easily find Jupiter. The planet will be less than four finger widths away to the right of the moon. You can even find Jupiter after daylight using the moon as a reference.

News

A major storm system is moving into California today. The storm will persist through tomorrow. Valley locations could see heavy rainfall and strong storms. Hail is even a threat. The mountains will see snow, and lots of it! Some locations will pick up as much as four feet of snow. This has been a gangbusters year for snow for the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

You all have a great day!

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