A cool but pleasant mid-April day

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Main threats

THURSDAY: Strong to severe t-storms are possible. Right now, the afternoon and evening hours look most likely for storms. Monitoring closely.

Summary

We have some nice spring days ahead of us! First, we have to get passed this cool morning! The overnight low here in town was 33 degrees. With a light breeze it has felt downright nippy, especially after highs in the mid to upper 70s yesterday! We’ll have a breeze all day today, so it should feel cool all day long. I supposed this is Dogwood winter.

We could see some patchy frost in the typically colder areas tonight. Keep that in mind if you have tender vegetation planted in frost-susceptible locations.

Tuesday and Wednesday are looking superb! You just can’t go wrong with spring days like that. There should be little to no wind and very warm, pleasant afternoons.

Then, the battle of the seasons commences again. Another powerful storm system will swing through sometime Thursday (still working out timing issues). As of now, it looks like the rain will hold off until at least the afternoon, possibly later. Winds should be picking up on Thursday ahead of that system, but they will be warm, southerly winds.

This system offers another chance for strong to severe storms, though right now it looks like the greater threat will, once again, be well off to our west and southwest (i.e. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana). I’ll keep you posted. It looks like a “leftover” line of strong to severe storms will move through here, with gusty winds and some hail being the main threats. Again, I’ll be monitoring this and keeping you posted. Fingers crossed we get lucky again!

Friday is looking rather miserable. If the models are right, a very cold-core upper-level low will park itself over us and bring much cooler weather and rain showers. There will be so much cold air aloft that we could have some t-storms around Friday. Due to all that cold air aloft, storms will be more than capable of producing hail, though it should stay on the small side. I’ll keep you posted.

Saturday looks to be continued cool, with some showers around, though this could change if that upper-level low gets out of here (they tend to be slow and pesky).

Easter Sunday looks fantastic at this point. Let’s hope that forecast holds!

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

We have had a lot wind lately but not as much as the windiest place on earth. That place would be Port Martin, Antarctica. The average wind speed there is 40 mph.

I just checked their forecast today and it calls for a high of 12 degrees with winds 25-30 mph. Tomorrow, the high is expected to be 10 degrees, with winds around 50 mph. I literally just shivered! (ha)

Records

On this day in 1921 it was anything but spring-like at Silver Lake, Colorado. The two-mile high mountain town picked up 76 inches of snow in 24 hours. Folks, that’s six feet of snow! This is the heaviest 24-hour snowfall ever recorded in all of North America. That’s all of North America! The storm wasn’t through with that. A grand total of 87 inches was dropped in a 27.5-hour period!

Speaking of ice…but of a much different nature!

On this day in 1949 a hailstone measuring 5.5 inches in size, and weighing four pounds, was recorded in Troy, New York. Yikes! That’ll leave a dent!

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 83 (2006)

Yesterday’s record low: 24 (1962) More records from the 60s.

Today’s record high: 81 (2002)

Today’s record low: 23 (1957)

Today’s sunset: 7:13

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:04

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 08 mins 00 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 10 mins 09 secs

One year ago today

It was cool this time last year, too. The high was only 60 degrees (much like today!) and the low was 35 (again, much like today!). The only big difference is that the day started out very rainy, with 1.52 inches of rain falling. That was with a cold frontal passage. Winds were from the west and quite gusty! One gust hit 40 mph. We’ll be breezy today but not that breezy.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: Excellent

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 79% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The Lyrid meteor shower amps up this week, peaking on the 23rd. You’ll be able to see meteors from now until then, getting more frequent as we get closer to the peak on the 23rd. The best time to view them is after midnight, but they can appear at any time.

News

By the time the day was over yesterday, this blog had been viewed nearly 3,500 times! That is a record! Thank you to all who shared the blog and to all who are new followers!

Keep all those affected by the weekend tornadoes close to your hearts today. Many of you reading this know what they’re going through.

You all have a great day!

 

 

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One thought on “A cool but pleasant mid-April day

  1. You rock! Your forecasts are always up to the minute and very helpful.

    Have a blessed day.

    Nancy Cravens Office Manager/Payroll Volunteer Staffing, Inc. 931-879-9924/931-879-8640 fax

    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

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