Record heat but lower humidity is coming


Weather Headlines

–Record heat will continue for today

–A slight chance of a storm for Wednesday, followed by more dry weather

–Lower humidity the end of the week will bring cooler overnight lows

–Watching the tropics

Main threats

Just be safe in the heat, folks.


Another record high is in jeopardy today. Our record for today is 89 and there are all kinds of indications that we will hit 90 today. The front that passed through last evening, sparking a storm or two for the northern plateau, is doing little to usher in cooler air today. That will change, as we see temps fall a few degrees for tomorrow and the rest of the week. It’s not much, but we’ll take it!

The thing about fronts this time of year is that they are most notable for the drier air they bring it. Today will be the last of the humid days of the week. Drier air will begin filtering in tomorrow. That could set off a storm or two across the plateau. That rain chance is small, but we’ll take what we can get in this pattern.

The drier air for the second half of the week and weekend will lead to very warm afternoons and cool, crisp nights. Dry air heats up and cools off very efficiently, leading to a desert-like airmass. Things are getting dry, folks, and it’s only going to get drier. Be very careful if you burn any brush, etc.

The extended outlooks indicate that this pattern will stick with us through September and on into the beginning of October, with above normal temps and below normal precip.

The temperature outlook below goes through September 30. Even Alaska is going to be warm! If you want “hot-chocolate” weather you’ll need to plan a trip to Idaho soon. (ha)



Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast



It was on this date in 1989 that Hurricane Hugo struck the Virgin Islands. Wind gusts to 97 mph were measured.

Other islands fared much worse….

The island of St. Croix  was completely devastated and completely cut off from the outside world. A storm surge of five to seven feet was recorded. Only one rain gauge survived the hurricane’s assault and it measured 9.40 inches of rain in 24 hours. A nearby ship measured a wind gust of 170 mph.

The hurricane would head for Puerto Rico next. More on that tomorrow.


The tropics remain active, but there are no big threats to the US. Bermuda may have to wrestle with Hurricane Humberto, though. The storm is now a cat 2, with winds of 100 mph. More strengthening is possible and Humberto could become a major hurricane by tomorrow.


We still have a disturbance moving into Texas, though that does look to be a big deal at all.

Our next tropical storm will develop out in the Atlantic and that could happen as soon as today. That storm will be named Imelda and is not expected to threaten the US at this time.



Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD


A weather instrument that measures wind speed.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The fastest wind speed ever measured with an anemometer was 253 mph at Barrow Island, Australia. This wind gust was associated with Tropical Cyclone Olivia on April 10, 1996. The anemometer was mounted at 10 meters (32.8 feet) off the ground.

NASA Knowledge

This gorgeous photo was taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station on April 4th of this year. NASA shared this last night to emphasize (as if they had to) the incredible views those astronauts have of our planet. This was taken over the southernmost region of the space station’s orbit over the Pacific Ocean. The rising sun caused the brilliant display of colors. The sun’s low angle at sunrise causes it to have to pierce a thicker portion of our atmosphere, leading to the reddish hues you see in the center.



It’s a rather quite day across the US. The risk for some strong storms can be found across the northern plains, though that doesn’t look like anything too severe. Freeze watches are in effect for northern Maine tonight. Along the Southeast coast, rip current advisories and warnings remain in effect through Thursday, due to Hurricane Humberto.

Nashville tweeted that September 1-16 has been the 2nd warmest on record for the city. By month’s end, this could be the warmest September on record. Remember last year when it wouldn’t stop raining?

I found the map below on Twitter last night and I shared it on Facebook. It shows the weather events that most frequently cause fatalities in each state. Notice that tornadoes are the most frequent weather killer for our area. Heat is to blame in West TN.

This map doesn’t necessarily show what kills the most people overall, but it shows what weather event occurs most frequently that kills people. Notice the avalanche threat out west, the rip current threat along the coast, and cold weather for portions of the plains. Notice the rip current threat for the Great Lakes. The ice threat in Kansas caught my eye, but after our ice storm that’s an understandable killer. Maps like this are fascinating to study and can really bring out the geographer in ya! I could talk about this map all day! You may have to click on the map to make it bigger, or go to this site:


You all have a great day!

And don’t forget my fundraiser Saturday! Mayor Foster was kind enough to add it to the minutes of last night’s commission meeting. The weather is looking great for it!



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