The sun will come out, tomorrow, to stay for a while!

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Weather Headlines

–Showers and storms will become likely later today.

–A very nice weather pattern sets up tomorrow and lasts several days

–The tropics continue to be active

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected.

Summary

As a cold front makes its way toward our area today, it will set off showers and t-storms. Storms are expected to remain below severe limits.

Once this front clears through tonight, the weather stage will be set in our favor for several days! This nice weather pattern should hold right on through the first half of the weekend.

By Sunday, the return of warmer and more humid air will mean that the chance for an afternoon shower or storm will be possible. The same will be true for Labor Day. It’s nothing to cancel any outdoor plans over, just something to be aware of in case you end up underneath one of the very isolated storms that may pop up.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

Hurricane Cleo hit Miami, Florida on this day in 1964. Winds gusted to 135 mph. The storm caused 125 million in damages. This was the first direct hit of a hurricane to the city in 14 years.

Tropics

The tropics remain active. Tropical Depression 6 is about 365 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The system is meandering out at sea and will post no threat to land. It should become a tropical storm within the next 24 hours.

Tropical Storm Dorian is the one getting all the attention these days. This morning’s data suggest that the storm may never obtain hurricane status for the duration of its lifetime. There’s even about a 30-40% chance that it won’t survive interaction with the islands of the Caribbean.

Never the less, with the forecast track taking the system to the east coast of Florida by Sunday, it’s one to watch.

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WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

You have a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during a lifetime.

Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD

Spit

Colloquially, a fall of rain or snow in a very light amount (ie. sprinkle, flurry).

NASA Knowledge

Yesterday was Katherine Johnson’s birthday. She was a human computer who calculated trajectories that launched NASA Astronauts into orbit. Among Katherine’s many achievements were calculating complex orbits that John Glenn would take around the world, being the first American to do so.

Before being sent on that rendezvous, Glenn said, “Get the girl.” He was talking about Katherine. He wanted her to check the computer’s numbers and see if they looked right. “If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go.”

Glenn’s flight was a success and marked a turning point in the space race between the US and the Soviet Union…..a very good turning point!

Katherine is even more impressive when one considers she was not only a woman trying to thrive professionally in a man’s world, but she was also black. These two characteristics didn’t often favor big accomplishments in science in the 1950s and 60s.

For Katherine’s very interesting biography, please see https://www.nasa.gov/content/katherine-johnson-biography

Happy belated birthday, Katherine!

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News

This is the time of year when folks start begging to know what winter will hold. Meteorologist James Spann of Birmingham (a very wise man) says it best, “I am not a big fan of seasonal outlooks. There is very little skill, and I certainly don’t try. It’s all we can do to get the weather right out to seven days.”

I say “Amen”.

I never rely on the Farmer’s Almanac. Never. I’ve proven it wrong so many times I’ve lost count. You’re much safer relying on patterns from El Nino, La Nina, etc (and there are MANY etc’s) than you are relying on the almanac or what “Mr or Ms So-and-So” saw in the woolly worms, hornet’s nest, acorn counts, etc etc etc. Even relying on science and technology can fail you. There’s just no way of accurately predicting future weather forecasts.

That’s my two cents. ha

Weather is trivial and patterns change every day. You just have to wait and see what Nature has in store for us. 🙂

I betcha a million dollars all the “signs” point to a bad winter. Don’t they always? 😉

You all have a great day!

 

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