Tomorrow is St. Jude RACE DAY!

Total fundraising dollars now amount to $2,250!!! That’s a lot of families helped! The link to give is at the bottom of this blog post.


Main threats

No significant threats in sight.


We’ll see some morning showers before conditions improve by lunchtime. The afternoon and evening are looking quite nice, though it will be a bit breezy.

Overall, the weekend is looking nice too! We may get a stray shower Saturday night/early Sunday morning but that’s nothing to worry about.

The beginning of the work week looks good, with our next chance of scattered showers, and perhaps a storm, arriving Wednesday and Thursday. That does not look like a washout, but we should start seeing an increase in rain chances by then.

It’s unusual to have so little to say about storms this time of year. This is the peak of our severe weather season, but there are no clear indications of severe weather for the next week or so. That’s some good news for the plateau!

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Although Florida boasts of being the “sunshine state”, they don’t hold a candle to the Desert Southwest.  Phoenix, for example, sees more than double the sunny days as Tampa. If you want sunny days you better move to Arizona! (the humidity is more bearable too!)


On this day in 1834 a killer frost impacted the Deep South. Frost was reported as “severe” in Huntsville, Alabama.

In 2003,  a very intense storm system brought incredible snowfall to California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Alpine Meadows ski resort, just north of Lake Tahoe, reported 100 inches of snow. Kirkwood, just south of Lake Tahoe, reported 112 inches.



Yesterday’s record high: 84 (2016)

Yesterday’s record low: 31 (1969)

Today’s record high: 87 (1986)

Today’s record low: 32 (1972)

Today’s sunset: 7:23

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:51

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 30 mins 58 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 32 mins 59 secs

One year ago today

It was a very chilly, wet day this time last year! The high only reached 53 degrees, after a morning low of 44. A rainfall total of 0.32 inches was recorded.


Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon phase: Last Quarter, 54% illumination


What to look for in the night sky tonight

The Big Dipper is quite prominent in these April evening skies. Look to the northeast and you can’t miss it.



Yesterday morning, a terrible and long-track tornado moved from Texas into Louisiana. At least two lives were lost. The campus of Louisiana Tech was hit hard and the campus was closed until cleanup can make campus safe again. The tornado may have tracked for 150 miles! Damage surveys and radar investigations will determine if this was one single tornado or a family of tornadoes. They will also determine if this was a 150-mile long track of continuous destruction.


With spring, you never what you’ll get across the country. We’re talking tornadoes in one paragraph and snow in the next. Portions of the upper Midwest are under winter storm warnings today for 5-7 inches of snow. Locally heavier amounts are possible. The counties in the winter storm watch are highlighted in blue below. Even Chicago could get a slushy inch or two.


As stated at the beginning of this blog, today is the final day of giving to my St. Jude fundraiser before the race tomorrow morning. This has been an incredible experience and I still can’t believe over $2,000 has been donated to my fundraiser. That is just unbelievable and heart-warming. I hope and pray that you can feel the good that has come from this.

If you’d still like to give you are more than welcome to do so. No gift is too small and every penny will be used wisely. You can even donate anonymously if you wish. To everyone who has given I want to say THANK YOU! This means so much to me and I will think of you all every step of the way tomorrow….all the way to that 13.1 mark.

If you’ve never ran a 5K or half marathon you should try it someday. It’s quite the experience! Marathons are a different beast altogether but I encourage anyone without serious health issues to go for that, too! Only in these races is it OK to chase people and not get in trouble. Well, tagging them and saying, “You’re it!” could get you in trouble but who knows? I’ll not try it. (hahaha).

The link to give can be found here:;jsessionid=00000000.app20102b?px=4948061&pg=personal&fr_id=97508&NONCE_TOKEN=88AB53BA56F66141509710DE14C867FD&fbclid=IwAR3IM6siGnP-KHNCXmf3V01xFvINANJetk6Js2El5lvuRZ-Qo4QhND5uyBw



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