–A cold Friday will be followed by a warming weekend with sunshine
–Big storm system arrives Monday, bringing light rain and snow to the plateau
–Light snow is possible Monday night and Tuesday (1″ or less)
–Bitter cold air to settle into the region for next week
Light wintry precip Monday night and Tuesday morning could lead to some slick spots. It just depends on how much moisture we can squeeze from the bitter cold air. Accumulations of around one inch of snow look possible.
The bigger headline next week is the bitter cold air. It’s been a while since we’ve seen low temps in the teens. Go ahead and make sure your neighbors-in-need are ready for the cold, that your pets have adequate shelter, and that your pipes are ready for winter.
Skies will become mostly sunny as we go through the day. That sun will do little to warm us, though, as highs struggle to reach the 40-degree mark today.
The weekend will feature more sunny skies and warming temperatures. Still, it will certainly be jacket weather for most.
Then, the well-advertised arctic cold front arrives Monday evening. This is the first arctic blast of the season and you are REALLY going to feel it. As if the cold temperatures coming weren’t enough, there should be some very breezy winds along with that too.
As that cold air moves in and the northwest winds interact with our southwest to northeast-oriented plateau, we will likely see some snow showers. As temps fall into the 20s, some slick spots could develop on area roads. Overall, accumulations look very light but this does look to be our first light snow event of the season. Stay tuned for updates.
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
A blizzard with hurricane-like winds struck the Great Lakes on this day in 1913. This storm would be the deadliest and most damaging natural disaster in modern history for the Great Lakes. From November 7-13th, 19 ships sank and another 19 were stranded. The death toll was 235.
Throughout the storm, the region was battered with 90 mph winds. Waves on the Great Lakes reached heights of 35 feet. It’s no wonder that 106 years later this remains the worst natural disaster to ever strike that region.
Shhhh…don’t wake it up.
Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD
The name given to the great storm of 1913 that struck the Great Lakes region. As two storm systems merged over the region, the barometric pressure dropped to that of a hurricane. This led to hurricane-force winds. With temperatures below freezing, the precipitation fell as ice and snow, thus leading to the term “white hurricane.”
Storms such as the 1913 storm are actually what ultimately led to the birth of the National Weather Service. Fierce storms in that region of the country took a toll on shipping routes. The need for a warning service of some type was realized and the US Signal Corps was developed for just such warnings. Today, we know that as the National Weather Service.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a very cool picture of a remote galaxy. The picture is split into multiple images by an effect known as gravitational lensing. That means the foreground galaxy cluster is so massive that its gravity distorts the fabric of space-time, bending and magnifying the light from the more distant galaxy behind it. Am I the only totally geeking out right now?! How cool is that?!
This whole process creates a “funhouse mirror”, so to speak, creating multiple images of the same galaxy while stretching the background image (if that makes sense?). Anyway, check out the picture!
Today is an anxious day for me. Several weeks ago I applied for a NASA Social for the December 4 launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. Yesterday, people started posting on social media that they had gotten word they had not been accepted. Those letters are the worst, and I feel for those who got them.
I haven’t heard a thing…yet. So, I’ll be anxiously checking my email about a billion times today. I’ll let you know what I hear!
Freeze warnings stretch from central Mississippi to coastal North Carolina for tonight. They will see the end of their growing season tonight, as temperatures plunge below freezing.
Air stagnation warnings remain in effect for the Pacific Northwest. Folks are advised to not burn outdoors and to limit any indoor wood burning, as the smoke will only make air quality worse.
A few counties in northwest Michigan remain under winter storm warnings for Lake-Effect snow.
Parts of Wyoming are under high wind warnings for tonight. West winds could gust to 60 mph.
You all have a great day!