We can see the clouds of Major Hurricane Dorian!


Weather Headlines

–If you look east this morning, you can see the westernmost edge of Dorian’s clouds!

–Dry weather continues for the next week

–Very hot conditions are likely next week

–The tropics remain active

Main threats

No major threats in sight, though you need to be careful in the heat of the afternoon.


Our nice weather continues, with hot and dry conditions sticking with us for the next week to ten days. There’s really nothing else to tell (ha). All the weather action is in the tropics, folks!



Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast



Crossville hit a record high of 99 degrees on this day in 1954. Other areas to our west were even hotter. Nashville hit 105, Clarksville hit 106. This is the hottest September temperatures on record for Crossville and Nashville.

Hurricane Easy struck the upper west coast of Florida on this day in 1950. The storm set a new 24-hour rainfall record for the US, after it dropped 38.7 inches of rain on Yankeetown.


The tropics are just incredibly active this morning. Dorian is churning up the East Coast as a major hurricane. Winds are still at 115 mph, making him a cat 3 hurricane. Dorian shows up very well on water vapor imagery! It now appears he will make landfall along the North Carolina coast. The one thing that is noteworthy is that Dorian has become quiet proficient at producing tornadoes, another added threat.


We still have several other areas to watch, but none are an immediate threat. The one I will be keeping an eye on is that orange “x” coming off the Africa coast. But, I have many, many days to do that.


WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Roughly 90% of the deaths in hurricanes is from flooding. Water is the killer, yet we rate the storm based on wind. That seems a bit odd, right?

Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD

King Tide

A non-scientific term used to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is “pulled” back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during the new or full moon.

NASA Knowledge

Anyone wishing to learn more about NASA’s Apollo program should read Shoot for the Moon by Donavan. I just finished it this past Monday and it was incredible. Michael Collins once said it’s the best book written about the Apollo program. That’s some pretty high praise! It’s one of the best books I’ve read in some time, and I learned so very much. Check it out if you want to know more about the Apollo mission. What a time that was!


Yesterday, it made news that Hurricane Dorian is causing bricks of cocaine to wash up on Florida’s shoreline. That’s an interesting side-effect, right? On Friday, a bag containing 15 bricks washed up on Cocoa Beach. About 15 miles south, another brick of cocaine was found. Each brick weighs a kilo and a kilo is worth $28,000, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is sure of where the cocaine is coming from but authorities warn that more may wash ashore.

This morning, if you look east, you can see the westernmost edge of Dorian’s clouds! How cool is that? Consider, for a moment, the devastation this storm has caused. Think about how far it has traveled. It’s just incredible that we can now look east and see that westernmost cloud band. I would say, “It’s the little things in life” but I’d hardly call this little.

You can see in the satellite image below, just how big Dorian is. Also, note that westernmost edge of clouds, just clearing the mountains, making them visible to us!


And consider how far he has traveled!


Finally, keep me in mind this evening as I teach the first kids class on lightning! The 11-13 year old class will meet at Roane State Community College here in Crossville at 4:30. If you successfully registered, you received an email this week. I’m excited and very nervous. This is uncharted territory for me but I know it’s a good thing.

You all have a great day!


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