Baldwin’s Wx Blog for Saturday, Feb. 15

A sunny Saturday for a change!

Today

Weather Headlines

A nice Saturday for us (finally!)

Clouds increase again on Sunday

Rain returns for our work week

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected for the next several days. Just be careful around any flooded streams you may encounter.

Summary

We’ll see a very nice Saturday in store for us! Yes, it’s chilly, but it won’t feel that bad by this afternoon.

By Sunday, the next system starts throwing more clouds our way. Those clouds may drop a shower or sprinkle Sunday afternoon/evening. That slim rain chance sticks with us through Monday.

Then, a stronger system moves in Tuesday. That system will bring more rainfall but it no longer looks like it will bring heavy rainfall. That sure is good news! The storms should stay below severe limits, too. That’s another round of good news. As of now, it looks like rain totals for next week will stay under on inch.

The rest of the week just looks mostly cloudy and chilly.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Flood advisories continue for numerous streams across the Southeast.

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Winter Weather Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

A new winter storm is threatening the western US.

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Records

A major winter storm brought significant snowfall to Middle Tennessee on this day in 1969. Folks just west of Nashville, especially around the Clarksville area, saw nearly a foot of snow. Nashville measured nearly seven inches. The snow tapered off to the east, with those of us on the plateau picking up around four inches.

On this day in 1895 a very unusual and historic winter storm struck the Deep South. Folks who never saw snow were shoveling snow with this event! Houston, Texas measured a whopping 22 inches of snow! Even New Orleans had nine inches! Mobile, Alabama had half a foot. Galveston, Texas had 15 inches! Even Brownsville, Texas had half a foot. Some parts of coastal Louisiana had two feet of snow. What an event that must have been!

Saturday Snow Day

If you ever find yourself stranded in the arctic just build an igloo! (haha) Simple enough, right? Actually, you can just burrow into the snow and you’ll be fine. An igloo, or snow cave, protects you from the wind. That alone helps raise your body temperature. Wind carries heat away from your body, leaving you colder than you would otherwise be.

Snow also is an excellent insulator. Each snowflake is about 90% air and air is an incredible insulator. That’s why you put double pane windows in your house. The air between the panes insulates (fyi, triple pane windows are no better. Double pane is just fine!).

With just one person inside an igloo, the temperature can range from 40-60 degrees. That’s not enough to wear shorts but you’ll be fine with warm clothing. Keep in mind, the arctic can experience temperatures that are tens of degrees below zero.

As the inside of the igloo warms, the inner slow layer melts. However, that melting is short-lived because of the bitter cold air outside. Therefore, it freezes into a layer of ice around the inside of the igloo. This creates yet another layer of nice insulation.

With lots of people, or even the addition of a candle, temperatures inside an igloo have been know to be in the 90s! That’d be cozy, for sure, but it sure would hurt when you have to step back outside into sub-zero temperatures!

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NASA News

An International Space Station (ISS) resupply rocket is scheduled to launch from Wallops on the coast of Virginia this afternoon! I sure wish I were there. I’m actually kinda wondering why I didn’t plan that better. (ha) This mission has been rescheduled (I think twice?) but is once again scheduled to head out this afternoon. These missions take new supplies and experiments to the ISS.

Pictured below is an image from the last launch, which I was honored to be in attendance for thanks to a NASA Social invite. This was back in November. Come to think of it, I’m really starting to get rocket fever again……

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You all have a great Saturday!

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