More frost and a Gulf system to watch

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Weather Headlines

–Another frosty night ahead

–Frost expected Friday morning

–Gulf system may bring rain this weekend (lots of uncertainty)

–A strong cold front could bring rain and strong storms for Monday (monitoring)

Main threats

Widespread frost is expected by Thursday morning. That frost will once again develop Friday morning.

Strong, possibly, severe, storms are possible Monday (monitoring)

Summary

Morning showers should give way to clear skies by this afternoon. The clearing line is quickly approaching. So long as it doesn’t get hung up on the plateau, we’ll see sunshine sooner than later.

That sets the stage for a frosty night. With calm winds and clear skies, conditions will be perfect for that frost to form. We’ll see the same thing tomorrow night.

Then, we’ll be watching a system in the Gulf. This could evolve into a tropical storm that would make landfall somewhere around Mobile, Alabama (give or take 50 miles). That system will then swing northeast. It just depends on how close it gets to us as to how much, if any, rain we get. Right now, it looks like showers are a good bet for the afternoon and overnight hours of Saturday, clearing out by Sunday morning. Until this system develops, it’s very difficult to know where it will go.

Regardless of what that system does, we have a very strong cold front moving our way for Monday. This front could set off some potent t-storms. There are still many details to work out with that forecast, so stay tuned. That front could usher in the coldest air we’ve seen yet, with widespread freeze conditions possible by Wednesday morning.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

It was a wild weather day on this day in 1989. Three inches of snow blanketed Denver, while over a foot and a half of snow fell in the mountains. Meanwhile, record high temperatures in the 80s and 90s were reported throughout the eastern US.

On this day in 1913, San Francisco’s high temperature soared to 101 degrees. This is the hottest they have ever been in the month of October. That record still stands today.

Tropics

All eyes are on the Gulf and what models are strongly suggesting will be our next named tropical storm. That system should swing north and northeast and make landfall near Mobile, Alabama. There will be much more information available on this over the next 24-28 hours, when the system begins developing in the southwest Gulf. A hurricane hunter plane is scheduled to investigate this system later this afternoon.

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Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD

Fahrenheit

Of or denoting a scale of temperature on which water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees under standard atmospheric conditions.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The Fahrenheit scale was invented in 1724 by German Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. He also invented the use of mercury in thermometers. Earlier thermometers used alcohol.

NASA Knowledge

NASA has a new animation that allows us to explore the Moon online like never before! How cool is this!? The Moon’s surface needs to be mapped down to a level of 100 feet, which can be quite the challenge. But, with today’s technology that is certainly possible.

The pictures taken by satellites over the past 10 years can only do so much mapping. That’s where Ernie Wright steps in. He’s a 3-D artist at NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio in Greenbelt, Maryland. He’s now decided to share his work with the public.

Making 3-D maps of the moon will allow for safer lunar landings and travel. “There is now enough data where Wright can use his computer program to make animations depicting what specific areas on the Moon will look like in 2024. This allows scientists to find further target zones for upcoming exploration.”

For more information, and to access the Moon kit, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/cgi-moon-kit-as-a-form-of-visual-storytelling

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News

For those of you who missed this on my Facebook page, a flight attendant took this pic yesterday. This was taken as the plane was crossing the clearing line from the cold front that is passing through us this morning. This was near Tulsa, Oklahoma. A pretty cool shot, right?

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I’m also very happy to announce that I have been invited to speak with the the meteorology club at UT Martin tomorrow evening! Wish me luck as I talk to the students about my journey to where I am now!

You all have a great day!

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