A taste of spring for Christmas?

Today

Weather Headlines

–A chance for a shower Sunday, mainly south of I-40

–Christmas week is looking warm and dry

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected.

Summary

Our weather has entered a very benign pattern for this time of year. After a very active start to December, we have entered a lull in the patter. Trust me, the active weather will be back, but not within the next week or so.

We do have a slight chance for showers on Sunday, but that is mainly for you folks south of I-40. Amounts, if any, will be very light (<0.25″).

Then, Christmas week is looking quite nice. We should see lots of sun and warm temperatures.

I think our next significant system will hold off until a couple days after Christmas. I’ll keep an eye on that one.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

On this day in 1924 a very strong cold front swept across Tennessee. Nashville’s temperature dropped from an afternoon high of 67 degrees to a low of 17 degrees by midnight! Brrr!

A whopping 83 inches of snow fell at Flagstaff, Arizona on this day in 1967. The heavy snow reportedly made for some “great hardships” on area reservations.

A tornado struck southwestern Arkansas on this day in 1957. The tornado carved a 15-mile path, killing two people. People from one house were carried 250 yards, while some cars were thrown 600 yards.

Thirsty Thursday

Have you ever noticed how quickly corn fields whither in that late summer heat? One acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water a day through evaporation! That’s a lot of water from just one acre of corn.

Across the Midwest, cornfields produce such high relative humidity values that it influences the weather. There are many times in the summer when the humidity across parts of Iowa and Indiana is higher than near the Gulf Coast.

green cornfield ready for harvest, late afternoon light, sunset, Illinois

NASA Knowledge

The first class of astronauts to graduate under the Artemis program are slated to graduate on Friday, January 10. Remember, the Artemis program is our mission to Moon program. The astronauts have completed two years of basic training and will become eligible for spaceflight upon graduating. They qualify for missions to the International Space Station, the Moon, and ultimately, to Mars!

Take a good look, y’all. Someone in this crowd is going back to the Moon, and one of the ladies will be the first woman on the Moon! How exciting is that!?

All astronaut candidates have completed training in spacewalking, robotics, International Space Station systems, T-38 jet proficiency, and Russian language.

We wish them all the very best!  (And I’m not jealous, you are. ha)

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

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News

This is a preliminary map of the tornadoes that occurred Monday across the South. It’s always interesting to see the patterns they make, especially with that little cluster of touchdowns in the Huntsville area. That area always gets hit hard. Notice the number of strong tornadoes (EF-2 or greater).

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Interestingly, this is exactly where we’d expect tornadoes this time of year, from a climatological point of view.

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Climatologically, significant tornadoes would be found right where we had the worst of the tornadoes on Monday.

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You all have a great day!

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