Baldwin’s Wx Blog for Fri., March 20

Spring showers and spring storms

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Weather Headlines

Showers and storms today

A pleasant Saturday shaping up

Strong  to severe storms may threaten us on Tuesday (monitoring closely)

Main threats

Some storms today could contain gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Widespread severe storms are not expected.

Frost is likely Sunday morning. Protect any tender vegetation that may be budding.

The Storm Prediction Center is already discussing Tuesday for possible severe weather in our area. I’ll be watching this very closely.

Summary

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies and lots of showers and thunder around today. The cold front will pass through here this evening. That front will usher in some more seasonable air for tomorrow and tomorrow night.

That more seasonable air could lead to some frost by Sunday morning. Pay attention to that if you have tender plants budding that might be susceptible to frost.

Then, more showers try to move back in by Sunday afternoon and evening. Those showers will try to stick around through Monday.

That new airmass will be very unstable and that may not bode well for us on Tuesday, when another storm system moves in. Looking at data this morning, all modes of severe weather would be possible. I’ll have to keep a very close eye on this. I would go ahead and start keeping this in mind if you have plans for Tuesday.

Unsettled weather looks to continue behind that storm system, but that’s too far out to be specific.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Strong to severe storms will affect the Deep South today, widespread rain showers will be found across the entire eastern US. Enough cold air is in place across New England to turn rain to a wintry mix. Farther west, another storm system will bring mountain snows and valley rains.

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Records

On this day in 1948 Juneau, Alaska set a record for 24-hour snowfall with 31 inches of snow.

On this day in 2006 Grand Island, Nebraska broke a 24-hour snow record with 17.8 inches.  They also broke a 48-hour snowfall record with 29.7 inches.

On this day in 1924 a foot of snow fell on Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

FYI, when it snows in March, it SNOWS in March! ha

Friday Weather Funny

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NASA News

NASA Astronaut Alfred M. Worden passed away on Wednesday. He was an Apollo 15 command module pilot. The Apollo 15 mission was our fourth trip to the Moon and the first to use a lunar rover.

Being the pilot meant that we would not walk on the Moon. He would pilot the module while Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin explored the Hadley Rille and Appennine Mountains of the Moon. While they were doing that, Worden was taking pictures of everything he could see. He would later put poetry to many of those pictures.

“Someday all of us who journeyed to the moon will be gone. Take a walk on a summer night, look up at the moon, and think of us. A part of us is still there and always will be,”
Al Worden in “Falling to Earth”.

The photo below is by Clive Booth.

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You all have a great day!

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