Finally, a halfway decent chance for rain

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Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected.

Summary

A front will sag into our neck of the woods this afternoon, setting off some showers and t-storms. Not all of us will see them, but it looks like more than half of us will. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we all see something, as it’s really starting to get dry out there.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a marginal risk for severe weather but instability is really lacking and the overall setup just does not favor much in the way of any robust t-storm activity. Still, we must always be mindful of that lightning.

Rain chances are slim but not zero for our Friday. Many of us won’t see a thing.

Another shot at some rain may come Sunday, with another weak system passing through. Again, many of us will stay dry.

It looks like we may have a decent shot at some more rain the middle of next week. However, with that being so many days away a lot can change with that forecast. Stay tuned.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Clouds are created when warm air rises, cools and condenses in our cold atmosphere. The warm air is usually due to the sun’s warmth radiating from the earth’s surface. However, sometime clouds form because of huge wildfires sending lots of heat up into the atmosphere. These clouds are called pyrocumulus clouds.

Oddly, sometimes these clouds actually grow big enough to produce precipitation, sometimes even becoming storms! One such storm in Canada once dropped black hail due to ash in the clouds making the stones black!

Records

The higher mountain passes of Wyoming, as well as many roads in Yellowstone National Park, were closed on this day in 1988 because of heavy snowfall. Many areas picked up at least eight inches of new snow. While this was happening, the temperature soared to 94 degrees in Miles City, Montana. That city is only about 280 miles east of Yellowstone (as the bird flies). And while ALL of this was going on, a supercell in Texas produced baseball-sized hail in Bailey and Lamb counties, as well as five inches of rain in less than one hour.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 87 (1982) This was tied yesterday!

Yesterday’s record low: 41 (1984)

Today’s record high: 88 (2011, 1982)

Today’s record low: 38 (1984)

Today’s sunset: 7:50

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:24

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 25 mins 05 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 26 mins 05 secs

One year ago today

The high was 79 and the low was 69. Just a little over a quarter of an inch of rain fell (0.27″).

News

Look what I found in my email yesterday. That’s right, I’m all cleared to go! I also learned that six new NOAA satellites will be launched during this mission. So, not only do I get to see the most powerful rocket in the world be launched, I can also know it is carrying six new NOAA satellites up! How cool is that?

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You all have a great day!

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