Baldwin’s Drier Wx Blog for April Fool’s Day

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Weather Headlines

A welcome streak of dry days!

The next system arrives by the end of the weekend

Next week looking wet and unsettled

Main threats

Patchy frost is very likely tonight. Be sure and protect tender plants that may be sprouting or budding.

Summary

Happy April Fool’s Day! And no, this forecast ain’t foolin’ around! (ha)

Clouds will gradually move out today, leaving us with some cool early-April sunshine. By tomorrow, we’ll be ten degrees warmer than today and Friday will be ten degrees warmer than Thursday. That’s a nice trend!

Our next system may try to move in on Sunday, but it’s certainly not looking like a washout. Sunday may just be one of those warm spring days with a shower or three across the plateau.

Next week is looking wet and unsettled. At this time, there are no clear indications of severe weather or heavy rainfall, but that could change with the pattern we will be going into.

Almanac

I noticed on the almanac below that we were 24 degrees this time last year for a morning low!

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A big winter storm is moving across the northwestern US, bringing very heavy mountain snows and valley rains/freezing rain. That’s a cold system! Elsewhere, some light wintry precip can be found across New England, as well as the southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s a cool start to April across the nation!

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Records

On this day in 1974 severe thunderstorms struck West Tennessee. Some of those storms hit around the Nashville area, as well. In fact, the fastest recorded wind gust ever measured in the city was measured that day at the Nashville International Airport (96 mph). Two people were killed in Nashville in storms.

These storms were bad, for sure, but they were nothing compared to what was coming. What’s even more interesting is that these storms likely contributed to even worse storms in the days ahead. I’ll have much more on this in the coming days….

Wednesday Wind Day

Wind develops because of a difference in air pressure. Wind always blows from highs to lows. In other words, wind always blows from high pressure to low pressure.

A good example of this happens nearly every day on the beach in the summer. The ocean water warms much more slowly than the nearby land. That means the water is cooler and, in turn, the air above the water is cooler. Cooler air is heavier and has a higher pressure.

Meanwhile, the sandy beach heats up pretty quickly. That warm air rises and creates lower pressure. Rising air means the atmosphere above pushes down on us less, that creates a lower pressure situation.

Since wind blows from higher pressure to lower pressure, a breeze develops in the afternoon from the water to the beach. This can offer some refreshing breezes, but it can also kick off afternoon storms. That incoming sea breeze acts as a little cold front, with cooler ocean air moving in and replacing hotter beach air. So, you get a breeze and distant rumbles of thunder.

Anyone else ready to go to the beach now? (ha)

Science poster design for sea breeze

NASA Knowledge

The first successful low-orbital weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched by NASA at Cape Canaveral on this day in 1960. This was the first satellite to test the idea of using satellites to study the Earth. TIROS also showed that satellites could vastly improve hurricane forecasting. The satellite opened the flood gates for other research satellites.

This satellite was also the first to transmit images to TV from space. In fact, the image below is the first TV image of Earth by a satellite. TIROS operated from April to June 15, 1960. We’ve come a long way with satellites!

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News

Well, I applied to be an astronaut yesterday! The deadline was midnight and I made it! (ha) It was actually a quite lengthy application, with tests, essays, etc. I was glad to be finished with that! Now, we wait. I’m honestly pretty sure I would turn it down. Based on the questions asked…well, let’s just say that’s no job like I’ve ever applied for before! They said we would know within the year. Dang, must take a while to go through all the applications (ha). I just want the letter thanking me for applying. 🙂

You all have a great day!

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