Baldwin’s Wx Blog for Tues., March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today

Weather Headlines

Unsettled weather continues

Strong storms and heavy rainfall are possible Friday morning

Frost conditions are likely Sunday morning

Main threats

Strong storms could produce gusty winds and small hail Friday morning. Heavy rainfall will also accompany stronger storms.

Frost and light freeze conditions are likely by Sunday morning. Protect tender vegetation that may be budding.

Summary

We’ll see lots of showers around today. I think a lack of instability will prevent any thunder. That will change tomorrow, as our atmosphere becomes a bit more unsettled. That chance of rain and thunder continues on Thursday.

By Friday morning, a strong cold front will march across the state. This front will be accompanied by showers and storms, some of which could be strong. I’ll keep an eye on that.

The weekend is looking cloudy but a shower or two may be added in future outlooks.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

We’ll see more winter storm conditions for the western US, with mountain snow and valley rain. meanwhile, sever weather threatens Texas and Oklahoma and showers overspread the South.

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Records

The city of Nashville wasn’t green on this St. Patrick’s Day in 1892. No, I’d say the city was more white than anything! It was on this day of that year that Music City recorded their greatest one-day snowfall on record. A whopping 17″ of snow fell on the city from midnight to noon.

Twister Tuesday

Oftentimes, the sky will turn green before severe weather. Storms have been noted to turn green before producing tornadoes. While this is relatively poorly understood, it does appear to have something to do with tall thunderheads and a certain angle to the sun in the afternoon or evening hours.

The picture below was taken by Nathan Pflantz. He took this as a storm was approaching Chesterfield, Missouri on April 26, 2016.

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NASA News

This is a picture of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) taken from the International Space Station. Not a bad view of something green for St. Patrick’s Day, right?

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You all have a great day!

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