Baldwin’s Blog for Saturday, February 8

Snow to our South for Today

 

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NOTE: I have had NUMEROUS requests for me to date and time my postings. I try to do this already during multiple postings for severe weather updates. From now on, I will date the morning posts and that will be the title of the blog post.

Weather Headlines

–Light snow stays to our south this morning. Be careful if you must drive to Chattanooga this morning.

–The next big rain-maker arrives Monday.

–Several inches of rain likely next week across the plateau.

Main threats

For this morning, just be careful if you have to drive south of Cumberland County. Snow is falling in that direction and roads may be hazardous.

Flooding rainfall will once again threaten our area for next week.

Summary

The system that we’ve been tracking for a couple of days is making it’s way through the region this morning. The bulk of the moisture associated with the system is, thus far, staying south of Cumberland County. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect to account for this system.

The map below shows those advisories in blue. Winter storm warnings are in pink.

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Radar shows the system skirting just to our south. Last night it looked like it might reach as far north as I-40, which it’s doing east of here. Another batch of flurries is passing across the northern plateau with no impacts.

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After this morning system, our attention will turn to our next big weather maker. That system arrives Monday. Look for rain, heavy at times, through Tuesday. Then, a series of systems will keep us in the rain showers through Thursday. Hopefully, we’ll be able to dry out some on Friday.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Records

On this day in 1835 a severe cold spell gripped the Southeast. Jacksonville, Florida dropped to eight degrees! Savannah, Georgia fell to zero degrees. Orange trees were said to have been “killed to the roots.”

Saturday Snow Day

Snowflakes are excellent at absorbing sound. The intricate pattern of ice and air that creates the flake is also the perfect pattern for sound absorption. That’s why it is so quite when it snows.

When that snow melts, however, and then refreezes into ice it can become a bit loud. Ice in that form is great at reflecting sound waves, making sound travel farther and clearer.

News

On Thursday, a temperature of 65 degrees was recorded on the continent of Antarctica. They are experiencing summer right now. The 65-degree reading is the warmest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica. To make matters worse, January 2020 was the warmest January ever recorded for the continent.

You all have a great day!

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