SATURDAY-SUNDAY: Afternoon/evening storms could produce frequent lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall. Widespread severe weather is not expected, though any storm that develops could be locally severe.
We will be under the threat for more showers and storms today, though it looks like the bulk of the day may be drier than tomorrow. Short term model solutions are suggesting that we may be rain-free from noon to about 4:00, before a bit of a disturbance kicks off some showers and storms after that point. That would bode well with the golfers who want to brave the heat this afternoon at Bear Trace. This is certainly no guarantee of a forecast, as we all know a shower or storm can kick off at anytime in this heat.
Showers and storms look to be pretty widespread on Sunday, as ingredients come together to kick off that precip in this unstable environment.
It still looks like rain chances will drop off for Monday and Tuesday, but the latest guidance now suggests we may have a weak front drop in here for the middle of the week, kicking off some showers and storms, before bringing in some drier air to end the week. I’ll keep an eye on that! Drier air with low humidity in July is always a welcome sight!
Lightning can do some bizarre things when it strikes a sandy beach. The strike goes into the sand and instantly fuses the sand around it. The lightning literally forms a hollow shell around itself and you can dig them up if you know where to look. We call these fulgarites. They can range in size from a few centimeters (hard to find!) to several inches in length. Below are images of various fulgarites that have been found.
On this day in 1893 a very violent tornado roared through northwestern Iowa. The tornado took the lives of 71 people along its 41-mile track. The storm killed 49 people in Pomeroy, where 80% of the town was destroyed. Most buildings were leveled to the ground. Photos reveal that most of the town had not one tree left standing, nor a single building with all four walls standing.
On this day in 1985 a lightning strike hit a huge transformer in Salt Lake County, Utah. According to witnesses, a fireball at least 200 feet was sent into the air. This lightning strike led to the entire state of Utah being plunged into darkness for up to five hours!
Yesterday’s record high: 94 (2012, 1954)
Yesterday’s record low: 50 (1968)
Today’s record high: 95 (2012)
Today’s record low: 49 (1972) Forties in July?! Wow!
Today’s sunset: 7:59
Tomorrow sunrise: 5:30
Today’s day length: 14 hrs 29 mins 59 secs
Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 29 mins 11 secs
One year ago today
It was a very wet day! A little over two inches of rain fell. Highs were in the mid 80s, lows in the mid 60s.
On July 4th the city of Anchorage, Alaska hit 90 degrees for a high temperature for the first time since records have been kept. Alaska has been experiencing a historic heat wave that has broken records some thought would always stand.
Yesterday, I had the most precious experience. While in Florida, the grandma of a 5-year old here in Cumberland County asked me to bring back something for her granddaughter who wants to be an astronaut. I met Kaylee yesterday and that girl’s passion for NASA is incredible. I gave her the bag of goodies I brought her and you’d think I was Santa Claus. She had on her little NASA shirt and NASA hat. She just kept thanking me and gave me a big hug.
Her grandma messaged me yesterday evening and said Kaylee was taking a bath and pretending the Orion capsule I gave her was performing a splashdown. LOL That was the test I went to Tuesday morning, where the capsule was fired 31,000 feet into the air and then performed an emergency abort. The splashdown was wild!
Let’s just all hope and pray that Kaylee is able to live out her big dreams! We need to do everything in our power to help these kids. There’s so much to pull them in the wrong direction. I have a feeling Kaylee will be alright, though. I also have a feeling I’m going to see her being a NASA engineer, or working in the Operations Center, or even being an astronaut for NASA someday. What a kid!
You all have the best day!