On the cusp of a changing pattern

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Weather Headlines

–A beautiful day in store

–Rain showers move in for Friday, mainly south of I-40

–The weekend is looking cloudy but mostly dry

–The next big storm system begins arriving Sunday night and moves out Tuesday

–Turning MUCH colder Tuesday night and Wednesday

Main threats

Bitter cold air will return Tuesday night. Just be ready for that.

Summary

We have a very nice day in store for us! Make sure you enjoy it. This may be the most sunshine we see until next Wednesday.

Showers move in for Friday. I think many of those showers will be south of I-40. Rainfall amounts will stay at or under 1/4 inch of rain. Some of us won’t see a drop.

Skies look to remain partly to mostly cloudy through the weekend. I may have to put a shower back on Sunday afternoon, but I think the bulk of shower activity will hold off until after dark.

Monday and Tuesday are looking very wet. We may even hear some thunder. I’ll have to keep an eye on the winds, as they may get gusty on Tuesday.

Much colder air moves in Tuesday night, and that will stick with us through Wednesday. We may see some snow flurries Tuesday night but it doesn’t look like anything to get excited about. Thankfully, this arctic blast looks to be short-lived, with temps warming back up by Friday.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

Severe thunderstorms produced baseball-sized hail in Putnam County on this day in 1977. Thank goodness we don’t have that to deal with today!

On this day in 1886 a huge winter storm struck the South. Montgomery, Alabama picked up 11 inches of snow, Rome, Georgia picked up 18.5 inches, and Knoxville reported 22.5 inches of snow!

On this day in 1953 a violent tornado struck Vicksburg, Mississippi. The final death toll was 38, with 1,200 people left homeless. Pictured below is the newspaper headline the next day.

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Thirsty Thursday (water facts!)

Every night, under the cover of darkness, countless small creatures swim from ocean depths to feed near the surface. When dawn breaks, they descent back to out-of-sight depths. Thanks to a space-based laser, we can now witness this vertical migration on a global scale!

The reason for this ascent is to avoid predators. This phenomena has been observed by ships for decades. This is considered the largest migration on the planet!

This migration is so very important for Earth. You see, the phytoplankton that these animals feed on absorbs significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the day (much more so than trees). At night, animals in the ocean eat the plankton. When they descend back to deeper depths, they defecate their meal and that carbon-rich feces sinks to the ocean floor, where it is trapped under deep ocean waters. This is a very efficient way of removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and storing it on the ocean floor. It’s kinda like putting that carbon dioxide in a vault.

Pictured below is one of many, many sea creatures that partake in the daily migration.

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NASA Knowledge

Apollo 16 Astronaut Brig. Gen. Charles Duke has been named the 2020 Texan of the Year! The honor was bestowed upon him by the Texas Legislative Conference during a recent event at the Space Center in Houston.

Duke is one of only 12 people who have walked on the moon. Before that mission took place, his voice could be heard during the Apollo 11 mission (the first moon walk) saying, “Roger Tranquility. We copy you on the ground,” after Neil Armstrong famously announced that “the Eagle has landed.”

Duke then later flew the Apollo 16 mission. He spent 20 hours and 14 minutes walking on the lunar surface.

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“General Duke is one of a mere dozen humans to have ever walked on the surface of the moon and looked back toward Earth. His perspectives are unique and his efforts have paved the way for tremendous advancements in science and technology that we all enjoy today,” E. Ray Covey, chair of the Texas Legislative Conference.

Duke, pictured below, is 84 years old.

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News

It’s been a bit of a slow weather news week. That is likely to change soon, thanks to this big storm about to move onto the West Coast this week. It sure looks impressive on satellite! The storm will bring valley rains (some flooding) and mountain snows (some impressive totals) over the coming days.

Pictured below is water vapor imagery of the Pacific storm. The darker colors represent drier air, while blues and whites represent moisture. I always refer to water vapor imagery as an x-ray of the atmosphere.

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

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You all have a great day!

 

 

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