Barry’s impact on our wx

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Weather Headlines

–Barry’s remnants to bring us scattered showers and storms through the work-week

–Storms could contain tropical-like downpours

Main threats

There are no significant, widespread threats in sight. Just be aware that any storm this week could produce a lot of rainfall in a short period of time, leading to localized flash flooding. Widespread severe weather is not anticipated.

Summary

We’re feeling the influence of “Barry” this morning. That humidity is going to be awful today. Hurricane Barry has been downgraded to a depression, but the system is producing very heavy rainfall to our west today. The bulk of that rainfall will stay well to our west.

As the remnants of Barry move northward, we will remain on the east side of the system, which is the most humid, unsettled portion of the system. It won’t take much to trigger showers and storms, especially in the heat of the afternoon.

While widespread severe weather is not expected, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few storms this week briefly reach severe limits, with gusty winds the main threat. The greater concern should be for the heavy rainfall that could be produced in a short period of time with these storms. That could easily lead to localized flash flooding.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

In order for a hurricane to develop, ocean temperatures must be at least 80 degrees. In addition to this, winds must be very light to calm from the surface to the highest levels of the atmosphere. Isn’t it odd that the most calm, ideal conditions in the tropics lead to the most powerful storms on earth?

Records

On this day in 1916 the remnants of a dying Atlantic tropical system moved into the southern Appalachian mountains. The storm created 24-hour rainfall records for numerous locations, some of which recorded over 20 inches of rain! There were reports of considerable damage, especially to railroads.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 97 (1980)

Yesterday’s record low: 52 (1976)

Today’s record high: 97 (1980)

Today’s record low: 47 (1967)

Today’s sunset: 7:56

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:36

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 21 mins 15 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 20 mins 04 secs

One year ago today

The high was 82 degrees, after a morning low of 69. No rainfall was recorded.

News

For those of you who didn’t see my very excited Facebook post, I got to meet the second astronaut of my life yesterday afternoon! I didn’t even have to drive far to do it, either. I went to the astronaut talk Sunday afternoon at Stone High School. Dr. Apt was an incredible speaker and I thoroughly enjoyed his talk. If you missed it you really missed a treat!

After his talk, I made my way to the stage and was able to shake hands with Dr. Apt, and I even got to speak with him for a couple of minutes (there was a line of people waiting to do the same!). I then had him sign the belly of my Atlantis space shuttle that I had bought at Kennedy Space Center earlier this year. He even asked me for his flight forecast for this morning.  So, now I can add “Astronaut’s Meteorologist” to my resume, right? lol

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Don’t forget that I will be in Huntsville in the morning at Marshall Space Flight Center to participate in the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the mission that would take us to the moon a few days later. I was part of a select group specially chosen to be a part of this! I will do my best to share it with you all here in the blog!

FYI, I’m still working on my story from the Falcon Heavy and Orion Ascent Abort trip I just came back from. Stay tuned!

You all have a great day!

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