Happy Full Moon Friday!


Weather Headlines

–Hot and humid days continue

–Better rain chances for Saturday, though most stay dry

–Hot and dry weather continues next week

–Watching the tropics

Main threats

Just be safe in that heat in the afternoon.


The hot and humid days that we’ve been experiencing are not looking to let up anytime soon. We have a frontal boundary drifting in this evening and tonight, which should set off some showers and storms. That looks to be our best chance of rain in the 7-day outlook.

Hopefully the clouds won’t obscure our view of that beautiful Full Moon tonight.

The forecast for next week has changed, with the change in course of what will likely be Tropical Storm Humberto. Rather than enter the Gulf and move our direction, the storm is looking to stay more in the Atlantic, possibly taking a path similar to Dorian’s.



Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast



On this day in 1988, meteorological history was made. That was when Hurricane Gilbert reached winds of 175 mph. History was made when the storm’s barometric pressure dropped to 888 mb, the lowest ever recorded for any hurricane in the Gulf, Atlantic, or Caribbean! In fact, that pressure compares to some of the strongest typhoons in the Pacific. Gilbert became nearly as large as the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Where the storm made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula, life would never be the same again.


The tropics remain active and they will likely stay active through the rest of the month. The first and foremost concern is what will become Tropical Storm Humberto. This system will bring more heavy rain and surf to the east coast of Florida this weekend. The storm is then expected to track back out into the ocean, where it could even become a hurricane.

The problem right now is that the storm hasn’t formed yet. Until it does, it will be very difficult to forecast it’s track. Hurricane Hunters are diligently searching for that circulation, with the hopes of a better forecast later today. As of now, the forecast is very uncertain (more so than usual, according to the National Hurricane Center).


In addition to this Florida system, we still have two other areas out in the Atlantic to watch. I’ll be doing just that!


Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD

Latent Heat

The heat required to convert a solid into a liquid or a vapor without a change in temperature. When water vapor condenses to form clouds, latent heat energy is released, which helps storms intensify by warming the surrounding air and causing instability.

NASA Knowledge

NASA is no stranger to the superstitions of the number 13. Even with all the intelligence within the agency, there were some who were never comfortable with any mission being numbered “13”. Never the less, when it came time for the 13th mission of Apollo, cooler heads prevailed and the mission was appropriately named Apollo 13.

It was nearly a disaster.

The greatest calamity was the explosion of the oxygen tank in the service module two days into the mission. From there, one problem after another arose. At one point, the vehicle was 137 nautical miles away from the moon on the dark side, marking the farthest out in space any human has ever traveled.

In the end, the astronauts didn’t get to land on the moon as planned. Heck, they were very lucky to make it home alive!

Also, in the end, this was deemed one of NASA’s most successful missions, strangely enough. They learned from the Apollo 13 mission that they could handle a wide array of problems, many of which were life threatening to the crew, with ease and calm.

As we say, in science there is no such thing as failure. We always learn something and that always makes it a success.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Here’s a bit of a “Friday the 13th” weatherFACT! 🙂

One of the odd consequences of Hurricane Katrina was its impact on voodoo practitioners. Before the storm, the city had approximately 3,000 voodoo practitioners. After the storm, only about 300 remained.

The people hardest hit by Katrina were the low-income African Americans. This group also made up a disproportionate amount of the voodoo followers. Many left and never came back. Others perished in the flood waters.

There’s a movement to bring voodoo back, but 90% of the business has been wiped out. After hundreds of years of practice, it took only one storm to nearly wipe it out.


The greatest risk for severe weather today will be across eastern Michigan and northern Ohio. Damaging winds and large hail are the main threats.

I’ll have a special blog post that will come out this evening, with the rising of the Full Moon on this Friday the 13th (insert spooky ghost noises).

Be sure and look for that!

You all have a great day and don’t be victim to those silly superstitions!

FYI, these incense candles at my desk are for the fragrance. Yes, the fragrance……


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