Baldwin’s Stormy Night Wx Blog for Wed., April 8

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Weather Headlines

–Severe storms likely tonight (10:00 pm – 2:00 am)

–Frost for both Friday & Saturday mornings

–More storms for Easter Sunday (possibly severe)

Main threats

TONIGHT: Strong to severe thunderstorms will threaten our region after dark. Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats, though an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Keep in mind, as we’ve recently learned, straight-line winds can be just as destructive as a weak tornado. This system has the potential to produce widespread damaging winds across our area tonight. Main timing looks to be 10:00 pm – 2:00 a.m. We are now in the enhanced risk for severe storms. This is an upgrade from the slight risk. I would prepare now for power outages, etc. and make sure you have multiple ways to get warnings tonight, should you decide to go to bed before they storms arrive.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY MORNINGS: Frost is likely. Protect tender vegetation that may be budding.

EASTER SUNDAY: Strong to severe storms appear possible, along with heavy rainfall.

Summary

We’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies today, with a chance for showers and t-storms. Most of us will stay dry today. A much greater chance for storms comes tonight. Some of those storms will be severe in our area, with widespread damaging winds possible.

Rain showers move out by Thursday morning. As skies clear that night, we could see scattered frost by Friday morning. Those clear skies will also set the stage for another frost by Saturday morning. Some of us may even see a light freeze.

Then, the pattern begins to change again during the day Saturday. Clouds will increase ahead of our next big storm system. That system moves in on Easter Sunday, bringing heavy rainfall and another risk for storms, some of which could be severe. I’ll be watching this closely.

Beyond Easter, the beginning of the next workweek is looking cooler and drier.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Strong to severe storms will threaten the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast today and tonight. All hazards are possible, with very damaging straight-line winds and very large hail the main threats. Farther north, colder air will create wintry conditions for parts of New England and the northern plains. Meanwhile, another potent storm system will continue moving into the southwest, bringing flooding rains and mountain snows.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperatures

High Temperature: 97 degrees at Rio Grand Village, Texas

Low Temperature: 7 degrees at Copper Basin, Idaho

Records

On this day in 2007, the record low of 20 degrees ties the record low for this date in Crossville. The other record low for the month of April had been set the previous morning. This was labeled the “Super Freeze” by many.

On this day in 1998 baseball-sized hail struck the Piney community of Van Buren County. The hail smashed car windshields and even pierced the roofs of many homes! Van Buren County is the county west of Bledsoe County (Pikeville).

Wednesday Wind Day

The strongest winds in the solar system are found on Saturn. Winds can reach 1,100 mph there! That’s definitely a stiff breeze!

NASA Knowledge

Speaking of Saturn, NASA recently reported that the Cassini spacecraft that has been investigating Saturn may offer some clues about Saturn’s atmosphere that has scientists very excited! Cassini explored Saturn for 13 years before running out of fuel and crashing in 2017.

Like Earth, the upper layers of the atmospheres of the gas giants (Saturn, Uranus, and Jupiter) are hot. But, unlike Earth the sun is too far away to account for this heat. So, what is the heat source for those planets?

According to NASA, “New analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds a viable explanation for what’s keeping the upper layers of Saturn, and possibly the other gas giants, so hot: auroras at the planet’s north and south poles. Electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn’s moons, spark the auroras and heat the upper atmosphere. (As with Earth’s northern lights, studying auroras tells scientists what’s going on in the planet’s atmosphere.)”

In other words, the “northern” and “southern” lights of the gas giants may actually heat up the outermost layers of their atmospheres. Pretty cool stuff, right?

In the image below, an aurora can be seen at Saturn’s southern pole (this is a false-color image). Blue represents the aurora and the red-orange is reflected sunlight. Cassini captured this image on June 21, 2005. (Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Colorado).

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Long Range Outlook 

Temperatures for April 13-17

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Precipitation for April 13-17

 

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Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

This image shows just how narrow but intense the Cookeville tornado was on March 3rd. On one side of the cul-de-sak there is EF-0 damage, on the other is EF-4. This is an image of the neighborhood before the March 3rd deadly tornado.

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You all have a great day!

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