–Flurries today (no impacts)
–A dry pattern evolving
No widespread hazardous weather is expected for the next 7 days.
We’ll see cloudy and breezy conditions today, with a few flurries flying around. Skies will likely remain cloudy through the evening. Those clouds will gradually move on out in the overnight hours.
The sun returns for Wednesday and should be with us through Thursday.
The next system skirts to our south on Friday and Saturday. Right now, it looks like it will stay dry here on the plateau. The only exception may be for you folks down around Pikeville, where a light shower may occur.
Then, skies improve for Sunday and it’s looking nice right on through Christmas. That could change, of course, so I’ll keep an eye on it. I had been thinking the chances of a white Christmas were at about 25% this year. Now, after looking at the data that has come in so far this week, I have to drop that to 5%. Oh well…..
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
On this day in 1929 a severe ice storm struck New York state. One report from Buffalo stated that, “One was kept awake by the breaking limbs, which snapped off with a report much louder than a rifle shot.”
Another ice storm struck central Illinois on this day in 1924. Up to two inches of ice coated everything. The storm caused severe hardship. To make matters even worse, prolonged cold weather following the storm kept ice around until the 10th of January!
Tuesday Clues Day
You can tell there’s wind shear by simply looking at the clouds. I guess I should preface that by saying if there’s clouds (ha).
Wind shear is the change in wind direction and/or speed with height.
Look for the lowest-level clouds. Which direction are they moving? Now, look for the higher up clouds. Are they moving the same direction? That can tell you if there’s wind shear.
If winds at the surface are from the north and very cold, but winds just up above the surface are from the south and very warm, there could be potential freezing rain setting up.
If winds at the surface are warm and from the south, but winds just up above the surface are from the southwest, you have a change in wind direction with height. That could lead to severe weather.
On December 17, 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful flight! Wilbur and Orville had two older brothers and a younger sister. None were given a middle name by their parents. Only their sister attended college.
The boys love for aviation began when their father brought home a small model helicopter, made of cork, bamboo, and paper. The chopper was powered by a rubber band to twirl the blades.
How far we’ve come in the past 116 years! Thank goodness for these pioneers of aviation.
This first flight would last 59 seconds and take them to a height of 852 feet. What an extraordinary ride that must have been!
Unfortunately, much of the press was not impressed with this aviation achievement. In fact, many didn’t believe it even happened. They took their success to Europe, where it was much more well-received.
Wilbur fell ill on a trip to Boston just nine years later. A month later he died from complications from typhoid fever. Wright would write in his diary about Wilbur, “A short live, full of consequences. An unfailing intellect, imperturbable temper, great self-reliance and as great modesty, seeing the right clearly, pursuing it steadily, he lived and died.”
Wx Hazards Across the Nation
Yesterday’s severe weather outbreak was quite impressive. We are so thankful this morning that the worst storms stayed just to our south. Notice how close it came, though.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the storms. There are a lot of people without homes today, and right here at Christmas.
You all have a great day!