Baldwin’s Wx Blog for March 2

A changeable forecast for a changeable month

Today

Weather Headlines

Rain, possibly heavy at times, is likely through Tuesday.

Rain may return with a new system on Thursday

The weekend is looking nice (so far)

Main threats

Just be careful with any ponding of water on roadways in heavier downpours. Rainfall amount with this week’s systems continues to trend downward! That is very good news. Now, 2-3 inches of rain is expected. That’s still a lot of rain, but it sure beats 4-6 inches!

The rain will be spread out over a long enough period of time to avoid major, widespread flooding issues. That’s also very good news!

Summary

The forecast is a changeable one! Last week, it looked like we would be treading water this week….lots and lots of water. At one point, guidance even suggested 6-8 inches of rain. I always called for 4-6 inches. Now, it’s looking more and more like we’ll be looking at 2-3 inches of rain this week. That’s a break we’ll take!

The other good news for us is the the stronger storms should stay well to our west. If you have travel plans today that take you to Nashville or West TN, be advised that strong to severe storms are possible there today. That activity should stay well to our west.

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As for us, rain will be off and on through tomorrow. Again, some of that rain could be a bit heavy, but widespread flooding issues are not anticipated.

We may get a break on Wednesday, before another storm system moves in with light rain on Thursday. That’s an iffy forecast, so stay tuned. I could see that system missing us, but we’ll wait for more info before we nail down that forecast.

Keep your fingers crossed, because right now the weekend is looking good. Let’s hope the changeable March forecast keeps that true!

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Most of the advisories you see on the map below are for wind, whether it be a wind advisory (blue) or a high wind warning (a level above advisory that you see in red). The only exceptions are for winter weather advisories in the mountains of southern California, and all the river flooding warnings in the Southeast.

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Records

A tremendous snow storm buried the state of North Carolina under more than a foot of snow on this day in 1927. In fact, the average snow depth across the state was 14 inches of snow. Raleigh had 17.8 inches of snow, officially. That set a new 24-hour snow record for that city. Some locations in the state had nearly three feet of snow!

Monday Sun Day

How much energy is produced by the sun? Well, you would have to detonate 100,000,000,000 tons of dynamite every second to match the equivalent energy produced by the sun. That’s a lot of zeroes!

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NASA News

It has now been two years since I experienced by first rocket launch! That was the launch of the GOES-17 satellite that provides incredible satellite imagery for the western US and the Pacific. I even had exclusive access to the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building (pictured below) on NASA’s campus to watch the launch from!

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In the previous January, I had the opportunity to see the satellite in its holding facility on NASA’s campus. What an experience that was! I knew that would have to be my first rocket launch and indeed it was! The satellite is the big black square thing you see behind me.

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My life has been changed ever since this day. I watched this launch with a press pass but it sparked my interest in NASA Socials. I’ve since been on several of those trips and have met people that have changed my life. I am forever grateful for all these experiences and I absolutely cannot wait to see what’s next!

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News

The next MASTER science class for kids will be Monday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm at Roane State Community College in Crossville. The topic is yet to be determined but I will let you know as soon I get that nailed down. I’m thinking it will have a LOT to do with the NASA Social that I plan to attend this week in Sandusky, Ohio! Stay tuned!

I’ll announce when registration is open. That will open up one week prior to class. Remember, you must register for the FREE course. Class is about an hour long.

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You all have a great day!

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