A warming trend!

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Weather Headlines

–A warming trend begins today!

–A dry, warmer stretch of weather continues into next week

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected.

Summary

The arctic high that brought us bitter cold, unseasonable temps last night is moving east today. That means we will soon find ourselves on the backside of the high, in the southerly return flow of winds. What does that mean? It means our warming trend starts this afternoon! Today’s high temperature will be at least 20 degrees warmer than yesterday’s.

That warming trend will continue right on into next week, along with dry weather.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

On this day in 1933, dust from the great dust bowl era of the 1930s arrived in Tennessee. Visibility was less than 1/2 mile in parts of Tennessee.

As the dust moved eastward, it did some strange things to the precipitation. Snow turned brown in Vermont. Black rain fell over New York. What a mess!

Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD

Dust Storm

A strong, turbulent wind which carries clouds of fine dust, soil, and sand over a large area.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Severe drought and poor farming practices led to the nation’s largest episodes of dust storms in our nation’s history in the 1930s. Strong winds carried dust and dirt hundreds of miles, devastating farming communities across the plains’ states. Today, improved farming techniques help make farms far less susceptible to drought than they were in the 1930s.

NASA Knowledge

I’m still waiting to hear from the NASA Social. I know, right?

In other news…

NASA has, for the first time in space exploration, measured seasonal changes in the gases on Mars! The measurements were taken by Curiosity in the Gale Crater region of the Red Planet. In the process, they discovered something that has people scratching their heads. Curiosity measured oxygen on Mars…and not in the smallest of quantities.

For the most part, Curiosity offered no surprises. Yes, there’s tons of CO2 on Mars. Yes, there’s traces of methane, nitrogen, etc. But what’s up with these oxygen fluctuations? For the most part, oxygen was measured in quantities of about 0.16%. However, in the spring and summer oxygen levels rose by 30%! What the what??

So, why does that happen? That’s a darn good question! There could be biological reasons, but we’ve yet to find life on Mars. Could it be some geological process? Maybe. “The first time we saw that, it was just mind boggling,” said Sushil Atreya, professor of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Mind boggling, indeed!

“This is the first time where we’re seeing this interesting behavior over multiple years. We don’t totally understand it,” Trainer said. “For me, this is an open call to all the smart people out there who are interested in this: See what you can come up with.”

News

Deep freeze conditions spread into the Deep South last night and will likely do so again tonight.

Lake-Effect snow continues for parts of the Great Lakes today.

You all have a great day!

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