Baldwin’s Spring-like Wx Blog for Fri., March 27

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Weather Headlines

Record-breaking 80-degree temperatures expected this afternoon!

Strong storms are possible late Saturday night. I’ll be watching this closely tomorrow.

Heavy rain and more storms are possible Tuesday

Possible frost by Thursday morning (monitoring)

Main threats

Strong storms will threaten the plateau late Saturday night. While widespread severe weather is not expected, one or two storms could be strong to severe. The main threats will stay to our west. I’ll be watching this closely tomorrow and bringing you updates throughout the day.

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Summary

We are in store for an absolutely beautiful day! High temps will reach 78-81 degrees, under fair skies. Our record high for today is 77 degrees, and I think we’ll either break or tie it.

Tonight and tomorrow, winds pick up and become quite gusty ahead of our next storm system. This system will bring the threat of significant severe weather to parts of northern Illinois. That’s where the main action will be. The trailing cold front will spark off storms in West TN that will move eastward in the late evening, reaching the plateau by around midnight or even later. The storms will likely weaken as they move east, leaving us with a strong storm threat. For this reason, the Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in the marginal risk for severe storms, the lowest of the severe weather risk categories.

We’ll see improving weather once again on Sunday. As I’ve said, the daylight hours of the weekend are looking good! It’s Saturday night that rain and storms will have to be contended with. I’ll also keep an eye on those gusty winds Saturday afternoon and evening. Those winds could gust to 25-30 mph.

Our next system arrives Tuesday, with more of a heavy rain threat. I’ll keep an eye on that.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe storms will threaten an area from Kansas to West Virginia today. All modes of severe weather are possible. Meanwhile, more mountain snows are possible out west.

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Records

An outbreak of tornadoes in the Ohio Valley spawned a deadly tornado that tore through Louisville, Kentucky. The twister killed 78 people.

Friday Funny

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News

The tornado that ravaged parts of northern Mississippi on Tuesday, in particularly the Tishomingo area, has been rated an EF-1. So many folks commented that they could tell by the way it looked that it was an EF-4, at least. Once again, you cannot know a tornado’s strength by its appearance. I’ve seen nearly transparent ones that were nearly violent, and I’ve seen wedges that were weak tornadoes. You must look at the damage. The most significant damage produced by this tornado, from what I’ve seen, was the destruction of a Dollar General Store. All exterior walls were down and the roof fell in.

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You all have a great day!

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