Baldwin’s Monday Wx Blog for April 13th

We remember all those who lost their lives in yesterday’s storms. We also want to keep all the people affected by the storms,  whether from losing their homes or losing loved ones/friends, very close to our hearts. At least 19 lives were lost and many more injured.

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Weather Headlines

A chance for some snow flakes Tuesday night (can you believe our weather? ha)

More frost and freeze conditions possible this week

Unsettled weather returns by the end of the week

Main threats

More frost and freeze advisories will likely be issued this week, especially for Wednesday morning. Scattered frost is possible tonight if winds subside and skies clear out.

The next significant storm system may arrive Sunday. Monitoring.

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Monday: Scattered showers should give way to partly cloudy skies by sunset.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies should become mostly cloudy by evening. Rain and snow showers are possible overnight. No accumulation is expected. I’m going to have to stay up and watch for those snow flakes! I’ll keep you posted (ha).

Wednesday-Thursday: Partly cloudy and pleasant. Frost possible each morning.

Friday: Chance of showers.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, but this could change. An unsettled pattern is evolving for this timeframe.

Sunday: Rain and storms, with possible heavy rainfall and strong storms. Monitoring.

Almanac

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A powerful storm system will bring strong to severe storms along much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coastlines today. Behind the system, wintry precip is expected across the Great Lakes and northern plains. Light wintry precip is even possible across the southern plains.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 103 degrees at Brownsville, Texas

Low: -7 degrees at Bynum, Montana

Records

The city of Jackson, Tennessee recorded their latest ever snowfall on this date in 2004. Several inches of snow caused numerous traffic accidents along I-40.

Weather Trivia (New!) 

Q: What is used to determine the EF-scale rating of a tornado?

a. Radar  b. Eyewitnesses   c. Wind Damage   d. Satellite

Answer at the very bottom of the blog.

NASA Knowledge

The good news from all this COVID-19 is that NASA reports that, “Over the past several weeks, NASA satellite measurements have revealed significant reductions in air pollution over the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast United States. Similar reductions have been observed in other regions of the world. These recent improvements in air quality have come at a high cost, as communities grapple with widespread lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders as a result of the spread of COVID-19.”

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Long Range Outlook 

For the period of April 18-22, temps are expected to be below average and precip is expected to be above average.

Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

A house deposited onto a roadway following a destructive tornado in Upson County, Georgia. (Photo by Molly McCollum)

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You all have a great day!

Answer to Trivia Question

A. (c) Wind Damage (The rating is based only on wind damage produced by the tornado. That damage is determined by a NWS storm survey. If a powerful tornado only moves through a wheat field in Kansas, it will likely only get a very low EF-scale rating. The scale is not without controversy, especially with folks who think radar wind data should be used as part of the determination.)

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