Poor weather for Good Friday

Blog created on April 19.

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

We’re dealing with scattered showers today. Some of those showers may contain thunder and small hail this afternoon and evening. We have a lot of cold air aloft and that can lead to some t-storms with small hail.

It will be a chilly day that will turn even cooler by this evening, as some cooler air filters onto the plateau.

Cold rain showers will continue on Saturday, along with some breezy winds. Those showers may move out by the evening. It just depends on how long the upper-level low lingers over our area.

Skies turn partly cloudy overnight Saturday, and that sets the stage for  a beautiful Easter! It’s looking very nice!

The beginning of our workweek is looking nice, too. With warm temps and sunshine.

Our next storm system should move in by midweek, bringing more showers and t-storms.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

It is estimated that 900 million tons of rain fall every minute on the day on Earth. That’s a lot of water!

Records

The city of Glenrock, Wyoming wondered where spring was on this day in 1973. It was on this day that 41 inches of snow fell in just 24 hours.  The overall storm total ended up being 58 inches. This caused two new state records to be set, one for 24-hour snowfall and one for storm-total snowfall.

On the flip side of that…

On this day in 1976 the Boston Marathon was ran in record heat. Runners suffered in unprecedented 90-degree heat.

Almanac

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This morning’s low has been 57.6 at 5:50 a.m., and we picked up an inch of rain last night.

Yesterday’s record high: 87 (1955)

Yesterday’s record low: 28 (1983)

Today’s record high: 83 (2002)

Today’s record low: 23 (1983) Two records in a row from 1983!

Today’s sunset: 7:17

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:59

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 16 mins 32 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 18 mins 38 secs

One year ago today

The high on this day was back down to 60 degrees, after a frosty morning low of 35. No rain fell and the winds were from the northwest.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Full Moon, 100% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Poor visibility, due to clouds, should hamper a good view of the sky.

News

The big news of today is the severe wx outbreak expected for the Carolinas and Virginia. A moderate risk for severe storms, with a whopping 45% chance of damaging winds! I can’t tell you how many severe wx outbreaks are nicknamed “Good Friday Outbreak” or “Easter Sunday Outbreak”. The good news is that the whole country is looking pretty good for Easter, so we won’t be worrying about severe wx outbreaks for Easter 2019. Good Friday will be a different story.

If you know anyone who lives in Virginia or the Carolinas make sure they’re paying attention to the weather today.

You all have a great day!

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