An end to the flurries

Today

Weather Headlines

–Flurries end today, with sunshine making an appearance

–Next rain-maker arrives Thursday night and Friday

–Flurries possible Saturday morning

Main threats

Just bundle up in this cold air. We have another very cold night on tap for tonight. Make sure the people and pets in your life are warm!

Snow flurries are possible Saturday morning. At this time, no significant impacts are expected. If the track of the low changes, however, we could have some light snow with light accumulation. The chances of accumulation are about 20%, as it looks right now. Monitoring.

Summary

The snow flurries that have been flying around the past 24 hours will come to an end this morning. As these clouds break up, we should see some peaks of sun as we go through the day. Clearer skies will set the stage for a very cold night.

Clouds will be on the increase yet again by Thursday, ahead of our next rain-maker. That system will keep us very wet for our Friday. As the system pulls away and colder air moves back in, the precip could end as some snow flurries or light snow. Impacts are expected to be minimal but the track of the low will determine that for sure. It’s too soon to have high confidence in that track, though models have been trending northward with that low the past few model runs. That would lessen our snow chances. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Skies stay on the cloudy side throughout the weekend. Another disturbance could swing through or nearby on Sunday night. I may have to add some flurries for that in later outlooks, depending on the exact track of that disturbance.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

On this day in 1935 Nashville reports an early morning high temperature of 69 degrees. Then, a very strong cold front passed through the area, dropping the temperature to 36 degrees by 7:00 a.m., 24 degrees by noon, and 14 degrees by 7:00 p.m.! The temperature drops another 2 degrees during the evening, for a low of 12, and a daily range of 57 degrees. Three inches of snow fall by evening.

Tuesday Clues Day

“Mare’s tails and mackerel scales make tall ships carry low sails.”

This is one weather folklore with a lot of truth behind it! If you see those high, thin clouds we call cirrus clouds, you can almost always bet that there’s a storm system on the way. Upper-level moisture increases ahead of storm systems and that means you’ll see cirrus clouds beforehand. These clouds can also make for some brilliant sunrises and/or sunsets!

Sometimes my favorite part of an incoming storm system are the clouds like these that precede it. I love those pre-stormy skies!

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NASA Knowledge

This past weekend SpaceX performed another test of the abort system for the Crew Dragon missions to come. The successful launch was followed by a planned rocket explosion, at which point the escape capsule was then blasted away from the explosion. Had an actual crew have been inside, they would have been perfectly safe. A successful test, to say the least.

Manned missions are set to begin as early as April. We haven’t sent astronauts to space from American soil since 2011. It’s time that changed.

The picture below is a series of images, beginning with the initial explosion the far left and progressing as you go right. The images are from my NASA Social friend Stephen Marr.

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

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News

The next MASTER Class is this Thursday at 4:30 at Roane State! Remember, you must be registered to attend. The class is full but you can email me to get on the waiting list (mark@weathertap.com). The class topic is the IMPACTS mission that I just returned from a NASA Social for. It should be a very fun/informative class!

You all have a great day!

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