–A bitter cold day and night is in store for us
–Record low temps tonight (possibly down to 10 deg in some locations)
–A very nice warm-up coming for the end of the week
Bundle up in the cold temps today, folks. With a stiff north wind, the wind chill factor will be hanging out in the teens and single digits. Tonight, we drop to around 10-15 degrees. Make sure your neighbors are warm. Make sure your outdoor pets are out of the wind and in the dry and have lots of blankets, straw, etc. Finally, you need to make sure your pipes are protected. It’s been a long time since we’ve been this cold.
Cloudy skies, stiff north winds, and snow flurries will be the rule of the day. Wind chill factors will dip to around 10 degrees at times today. Make sure you bundle up!
Under the clearing skies of a Full moon, we’ll drop to around 10-15 degrees for an overnight low. This will likely shatter record lows across the state for this date.
Then, the arctic high shifts east and gives us a return flow of southerly winds. That will lead to a nice warming trend for the rest of the week. Right now, the weekend is looking very nice!
One of the best things about living in the South is that the cold weather rarely sticks around for very long. How would you like to live up north, where it stays cold and dreary for weeks on end? Nope. (ha)
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
Yesterday, I wrote of the big arctic blast of 1911 across the plains. If you’ll remember, temps plunged from the 80s to the 30s in a matter of hours. Well, on this day that front came across Tennessee.
The system spawned a tornado in Joelton, TN, located northwest of Nashville (about halfway between Nashville and Clarksville). The twister caused significant damage and hurt three people. Early morning temps across Middle TN were in the lower 70s. Six hours later temps were in the lower 30s!
NOTE: I just saw in the news this morning that low temps from 1911 will be shattered tonight across the plains. I would have never caught the significance of that if I hadn’t been writing about 1911 in this blog this week. What an interesting November this has been.
Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD
Wind Chill Factor
The apparent temperature felt on the exposed human body owing to the contribution of temperature and wind speed. In other words, this is the “feels like” temperature outside.
The wind chill factor is affected by wind speeds. If the air temperature is 30 degrees but the wind is blowing at 20 mph, it will feel much colder than 30 degrees.
Pictured below is the wind chill factor chart. By finding your air temperature (located on top of the chart) and wind speed (located up the left-hand side of the chart), you can calculate your wind chill factor. For instance, if my air temperature is 25 degrees and my wind speed is 15 mph, my wind chill factor will be 13 degrees. That is liable to be common around here today.
I went back and checked to make sure I had even applied for the NASA Social that I’m so anxiously waiting to hear from. Yep, there it was. I have indeed applied for it. (ha) I guess I’ll just keep waiting.
I saw in the news where NASA just opened up some moon rock samples that were brought back from the Apollo 17 mission. They haven’t been touched in 40 years. Many of the lunar samples were left unopened, waiting for the day when better technology would allow for more in-depth analysis. By studying these samples now, scientists can learn even more about the moon before we return.
The snowflakes are flying in the Northeast today! Many locations across western New York state have several inches of snow.
The Deep South is under an array of freeze warnings for tonight. The growing season will end tonight all the way down to the panhandle of Florida.
Lake Effect snow is kicking in today! Many of the eastern shore regions of the lakes will see several inches of snow today and tonight.
Finally, I took some snow pics at home this morning. It was so pretty! I sure hope this is a sign of snowier days to come this winter. The three-year snow drought must end this season! ha
You all have a great, warm day!