Baldwin’s Saturday Wx Blog for April 11

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Weather Headlines

Severe storms and heavy rainfall threaten our Easter Sunday

Below-normal temps may bring more frost next week

Main threats

Easter Sunday: Strong to severe thunderstorms, along with heavy rainfall, will threaten the plateau. Storms will be possible all day, with the highest threat coming in the afternoon and evening. All modes of severe weather are possible. Review your severe weather safety plan. I’ll post an update this afternoon around 1:00.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast (New!…this replaces the “summary”)

Saturday: Mostly Sunny, but with increasing clouds as we go through the day. Pleasant.

Easter Sunday: Rain & storms developing by morning with a warm front passage. Then, rain and storms for the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms could be severe, with all modes of severe wx possible. The main threat appears to be from 3:00 pm-9:00 pm but other storms may threaten throughout the night.

Monday: Mainly morning showers. Otherwise, clouds should begin to break up by evening.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy but increasing cloudiness late. A cold rain developing overnight. Rain may mix with snow flakes at times.

Wednesday – Friday: Partly cloudy.

Almanac

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

We’ll see very cold and wintry conditions across the northern plains today. Very heavy snow and ice will plague that area. Meanwhile, on the warmer side of the system, severe thunderstorms will plague the southern plains. All severe weather hazards are possible. Later tonight, rain showers will begin overspreading the Southeast.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 97 degrees at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low: 12 degrees at Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Records

On this day in 2008 there were eight tornadoes across Middle Tennessee. The most significant damage occurred across southern portions of the Midstate, including an EF-3 tornado in Lawrence and Giles Counties. There were no fatalities and only one injury. The only tornado near the plateau was a brief EF-1 in White County.

Today is the anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965. This horrific tornado outbreak struck Indian, Ohio, and Michigan the hardest. In all, 51 tornadoes took the lives of 256 people.

Weather Trivia (New!)

Tornadoes can travel in any direction, but one direction is more common. In which of these directions is a US tornado most likely to travel?

a. northeast    b. southeast   c. southwest   d. northwest

The answer can be found at the end of the blog!

NASA Knowledge

As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, NASA invites you to relive that day, just as it happened. Just follow this link https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/ and find out why Apollo 13 is NASA’s “successful failure.”

There’s also a documentary that you may want to check out! Just follow the link below!

Long Range Outlook 

The period April 16-20 favors below normal temperatures and normal to slightly above normal precipitation.

Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the Moon. An explosion in one of the oxygen tanks crippled the spacecraft during flight and the crew were forced to orbit the Moon and return to the Earth without landing. Pictured below is lift-off from Launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (I’ve stood on that pad and I’m giddy just typing this to tell you that! ha). Apollo launched on April 11, 1970.

There were widespread superstitions that the 13th mission would be jinxed. How silly of them……….

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You all have a great day!

Answer to Trivia Question

Tornadoes in the US most often travel northeast (they often move from southwest to northeast). The answer is (a).

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