–Hot and humid conditions continue, with only slight rain chances
–A better rain chance arrives Saturday (scattered storms)
–Tropical moisture from the Gulf may bring us better rain chances next week
–Watching the tropics
Just be safe in the heat and be mindful of the lightning that occurs in any storm that develops.
Hot and humid weather continues for us. Like yesterday, we can’t rule out a stray storm, especially with all the heat and humidity around. We need the rain, but stay away from that lightning.
Incidentally, yesterday was the hottest day of the year for Nashville (98 degrees). Crossville tied a record high of 90 degrees.
Our next better chance for rain comes Saturday, as a weak frontal boundary sags into our area. That may be just enough kick in the atmosphere to force a few more storms to develop.
An even better rain chance may arrive next week, as tropical moisture threatens to push in from the south. That would be the best chance of widespread rain that I see in the forecast. Let’s hope it holds true!
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
A snowstorm on this day in 1949 dropped 7.5 inches of snow on Helena, Montana. Today, they’re 60 degrees with thunderstorms. They’ll be in the low to mid 70s the rest of the week.
Five inches of rain led to a disaster at Bullhead City, Arizona on this day in 1976. The rain caused millions of tons of debris to wash through the area, some of it beginning its journey at 3,000 feet elevation. By the time the flash flood was over, some roads had trenches of 40 feet in depth dug out through them!
The system making its way toward the Gulf is the one commanding the most attention this morning. The National Hurricane Center has now upped its chance of development to 60%. That’s up from 40% last night. If that system can swing north enough, regardless of development, it would push tropical moisture into our neck of the woods and increase our rain chances next week. I’ll watch it.
We’re still watching the other two areas out in the Atlantic. They’re nothing to worry about for now, but they are worth tracking. It’s that time of year, you know?
Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD
From the older French dialect, meaning fine weather. In particular, the perfect weather for starting a journey.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) snapped an incredible picture of a giant dust cloud kicked up by an avalanche falling down a cliff. NASA went on to state that frozen ice and soil dislodge from the surface during avalanche season, when sunlight shines on the North Pole side of Mars (spring time).
If you’ve never seen the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington, it’s worth the drive to D.C. just to see that.
At Arlington, you’ll read the following….
“The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater.
The white marble sarcophagus has a flat-faced form and is relieved at the corners and along the sides by neo-classic pilasters, or columns, set into the surface. Sculpted into the east panel which faces Washington, D.C., are three Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor. The six wreaths, three sculpted on each side, represent the six major campaigns of World War I. Inscribed on the back of the Tomb are the words:
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God
The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.”
Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stay their posts during hurricanes, winter storms, etc. Even as others hunker down for mid-Atlantic hurricanes, soldiers with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier keep working.
During Hurricane Isabel, winds were expected to gust to 120 mph. The soldiers were given special permission to go inside if the winds reached that criteria. They refused.
During Hurricane Sandy, one single guard volunteered to spend 23 hours facing the winds, risking his life to send out the symbolic message that the dead won’t be abandoned.
Finally, during 9-11, as smoke rose from the Pentagon, within clear sight of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the soldiers standing guard didn’t miss a beat. They didn’t even flinch.
Pictured below is a soldier standing guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The changing of the guard is a solemn ceremony and one that should be witnessed by every single American.
Pictured below is an example of how weather changes nothing when it comes to honoring those who have given their lives. A soldier places a flag on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a storm, prior to Memorial Day this year.
The weather was perfect on September 11, 2001. I wish it hadn’t been. Those crystal clear skies made the plan all too easy to carry out. If only it had been rainy. Or cloudy. Or anything other than the perfect day it was, perhaps we could have been given just enough time…maybe?…to figure out the plan and stop it.
It was a perfect morning.
Then, at 7:19 a.m. CDT we learn that American Airlines Flight 175 has been hijacked. The rest of the day’s events are history, of course. A history we better not forget.
Pictured below is lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001. It was a beautiful September morning.