Well, folks, I’m running the race right now. I set this blog to publish at 8:30 and that means I’m about an hour or so into the race. Say a prayer and send positive vibes, etc.!
I wonder how I’m feeling right now?…….
No significant threats in sight.
Look for a nice day out there today. Be sure to get outside! We still have a slight chance for a shower tonight and early Sunday morning but that’s nothing to worry about.
Sunday afternoon and evening look really good. Enjoy.
The beginning of the workweek looks good, as well, with sunny skies and very warm temperatures.
Our next chance of rain arrives Wednesday and Thursday, when we should see scattered showers and storms return to the forecast.
Seattle is not the rainiest city in the country. In fact, New York City receives more rain than Seattle in any given year. That being said, Seattle sees more rainy days than New York, they just don’t get a lot of rain on those days.
Seattle averages 37.41 inches of rain a year, New York gets 49.92 and Miami gets 61.92 inches.
Seattle averages 226 cloudy days a year. That makes me sleepy just thinking about it! (ha)
The worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history occurred on this day in 2011. This was the first outbreak to out rival the Super Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974. An estimated 305 tornadoes set a record. Two EF-5s, four EF-4s, and 21 EF-3s. The tornado outbreak was most prolific across Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and southern Tennessee. Three hundred people lost their lives on this day, with 210 of those deaths coming from Alabama. The death toll from tornadoes that April went over 600, the most in any month in recorded history.
That enormous death toll was due to this super outbreak of tornadoes and the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri that same month.
No one dreamed we would ever have such a deadly outbreak in the age of Doppler radar and modern communication.
Almanac unavailable at this time
Yesterday’s record high: 87 (1986)
Yesterday’s record low: 32 (1972)
Today’s record high: not available
Today’s record low: not available
Today’s sunset: 7:24
Tomorrow sunrise: 5:50
Today’s day length: 13 hrs 32 mins 59 secs
Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 34 mins 58 secs
One year ago today
It was back to feeling like spring on this day last year! After a cool morning low of 45 degrees, we sprang up to 67 degrees by the afternoon. Not a drop of rain fell ans winds were light from the northwest.
Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD
Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 45% illumination
Moon rise: 2:14 a.m.
What to look for in the night sky tonight
If clouds aren’t in the way, look for the Beehive star cluster (M44) in the constellation Cancer the Crab. Look high in the southwest sky after darkness falls. With the naked eye, you should be able to spot the Beehive as a faint cloud. With binoculars, or a telescope at low power, the faint cloud explodes into dozens of stars.
Below is the night sky at 8:00 p.m., with M44 that green circle near the middle.
Wish me luck in my race! There’s still time to give!