Baldwin’s Very Sunny Wx Blog for Thurs., Apr 2

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Weather Headlines

A dry, warm stretch of days ahead!

A quiet 7-day forecast

The best chance for rain in the 7-day is Tuesday

Main threats

Hazardous weather is not expected over the next five to seven days.

Summary

We have entered a very quiet forecast period! While we do have some spring showers and thundershowers coming next week, nothing looks impressive at all. The risk for severe storms is practically non-existent. I think we’ll take that, don’t you?

The weekend is looking pretty good, too. We may squeeze out a shower Saturday night and Sunday, but it is certainly nothing to cancel any outdoor plans over.

The best chance of rain may hold off until next Tuesday, when a weakening cold front pushes through.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

I added percentages of precip back to the 7-day. I hope you like it!

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A very wintry pattern continues for the country! Significant snow and ice are possible across the central and northern plains today. Meanwhile, lighter wintry precip will fall on each end of the country, with New England getting more of a wintry mix and the Pacific Northwest seeing more light snow. Special weather statements are being issued for the central Rockies for more significant snowfall this coming weekend.

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Records

Nashville recorded one inch of snow on this day in 1951. While I don’t see anything on record, I pulled up the weather map for that day and it shows light snow across the plateau with some minor accumulation.

Eleven cities in Florida broke record lows on this day in 1987. Tallahassee dropped all the way down to 31 degrees! Key West, Florida even recorded a record low when they dropped all they way down to 48 degrees. That broke the old record by 13 degrees!

Thirsty Thursday

On average, women in developing countries walk about 3.7 miles a day to collect fresh water for their families. How far have you walked for water today? Sure makes ya think, right?

NASA Knowledge

I certainly wasn’t alone when I applied to be an astronaut. NASA, “More than 12,000 people have applied to join NASA’s next class of astronauts, demonstrating strong national interest to take part in America’s plans to explore the Moon and take humanity’s next giant leap – human missions to Mars.

Applications were received from every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. However, the process is just beginning for NASA’s Astronaut Selection Board, which will assess the applicants’ qualifications and invite the most qualified candidates to the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for interviews and medical tests before making a final selection. NASA expects to introduce the new astronaut candidates in the summer of 2021.”

This is the second highest number of people to apply to be an astronaut. In the last round of applications two years ago, about 18,000 people applied. This year they made the requirements a bit tougher, such as requiring at least a Masters degree.

NASA, “Since the 1960s, NASA has selected 350 people to train as astronaut candidates for its increasingly challenging missions to explore space. With 48 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, more will be needed to serve as crew aboard spacecraft bound for multiple destinations and propel exploration forward as part of Artemis missions and beyond.

Once selected, the astronaut candidates will go through approximately two years of initial skills training, such as spacewalking, robotics, and spacecraft systems, as well.”

News

TVA reports that the period of January through March were the wettest first three months of any year in 131 years of record. That led to some massive work by TVA to prevent devastating flooding across Tennessee. Thankfully, they were very successful at that!

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Finally, I shared this on Facebook last night but I’ll share it here too. This is video of clouds moving over the mountains of Virginia yesterday. Notice the snow on the ground. How cool is this view?

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You all have a great day!

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