Baldwin’s Blog for Thursday Feb. 13

Drying Out and Cooling Down

Today

Weather Headlines

Temperatures fall today, leading to a very cold night

The sun returns on Friday!

More rain and storms for the start of our work week

Main threats

Just be careful if you’re out and about. There are lots of trees down and there are still some flooded roads.

Make sure your outdoor pets are ready for a cold night. Make sure they have a dry, warm place to bed down.

More rain and storms will threaten the plateau next Tuesday. It’s too early to know specific impacts. Monitoring closely.

Summary

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies for our Thursday. It will also be breezy, as temperatures take a tumble. Look for a very chilly, damp night to come.

Temps do little to recover for our Friday, reminding us that winter is still around. Those temps will begin to modify by the end of the weekend. As we all know by now, when temps start to warm you can expect a return of the rainfall.

That’s exactly what we’ll see by Tuesday. Models are indicating that some of that rain could be heavy, along with thunderstorms that could be on the strong side. That’s too far out to nail down any specifics, but it is something to keep in mind as we move closer to the start of our new work week.

That system may wrap in enough cold air to change precip to a rain/snow mix, but it is far too early to know if we will have any impacts from that. Again, it’s just something to keep in mind if you plans next week.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Current Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Flooding continues today across the Southeast, along with the risk for marginally severe storms in the green-shaded regions near the Southeast Coast.

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Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Bitter cold temperatures and howling north winds will send wind chill factors plummeting to dangerous levels across the northern plains. Light wintry weather threatens the Midwest to New England.

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Records

Crossville set a record high of 79 degrees on this day in 1962. That set a new February record that still stands today.

On this day in 1952 five tornadoes tore across Middle Tennessee. Four people lost their lives and another 46 were injured. The worst damage was from a violent F-4 that tore through southern Middle TN. Franklin and Moore Counties were hardest hit, with 109 farms sustaining damage of varying degrees.

Thirsty Thursday

More than 600 gallons of water per day per person in the U.S. is being diverted for farm irrigation and livestock use. This is why agricultural water conservation is so incredibly important. That’s a lot of water! Unfortunately, much of the water used for irrigation is evaporated by the sun before the plant makes use of it. Much research is being conducted to improve that.

NASA Knowledge

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the taking of the infamous “Pale Blue Dot” photograph taken by Voyager. The image shows the Earth seemingly suspended in a dust beam. The image is being revisited in order to make it clearer, using today’s technology. They also want to preserve as much as they can of the original image.

I’m anxious to see the new image! Pictured below is the original image.

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News

Last night’s storms left lots of trees down across the plateau. Thank goodness those winds weren’t any worse or we would have seen even more trees come down. Anytime we have soils this saturated, our chances for downed trees dramatically increases.

You all have a great day!

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