Baldwin’s Wednesday Wx Blog for Apr. 15

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Weather Headlines

Spring-like weather returns

Rain & thunder Friday night

An unsettled weekend

Main threats

THURSDAY NIGHT: Another frosty night is ahead for us. Continue protecting those tender plants.

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Wednesday – Thursday: Frosty mornings but beautiful, sunny afternoons.

Friday: Increasing clouds. Rain, with some thunder, will move in Friday night. Severe weather is not expected.

Saturday-Sunday: A chance for showers, especially on Sunday.

Monday – Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies return. A warming trend ensues.


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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A major winter storm continues to affect northwestern portions of the country today. Very heavy snows are falling across many locations. Elsewhere, only light wintry precip will fall from the central plains to New England, with showers just south of that boundary. Florida will continue to see a chance for rain and storms.


Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 101 degrees at Lake Wales, Florida

Low: -18 degrees at Sawmill Park, Wyoming


On this day in 1921 the US set its greatest 24-hour snowfall total. That was when Silver Lake, Colorado measured 76 inches of snow in just 24 hours! That’s six feet of snow in one day! Silver Lake is at elevation of about 10,000. The storm actually lasted 27.5 hours, dropping a total snowfall accumulation of 87 inches.

Weather Trivia (New!) 

Q: What movie is considered by weather enthusiasts to have the most realistic tornado footage?

a. Twister   b. The Wizard of Oz   c. Night of the Twisters   d. Atomic Twister

(Today’s answer is toward the end of the blog)

NASA Knowledge

There’s an asteroid coming! Relax, it’s nothing to get too excited about. Thankfully, this big chunk of space rock will wiz safely by our third rock from the sun. NASA warns that you may hear otherwise on social media. What? Us believe something untrue on social media? Who does NASA think we are? haha

Asteroid 1998 OR2 will pass within 3.9 million miles of us on April 29th. I’ll keep you posted, because we will be able to see it in the night sky with a telescope. It will appear as a slow-moving star.

It’s an interesting asteroid, none the less. It’s flight by Mars could be an interesting one in about three and a half years.  Will it get too close and smash into the Red Planet? We shall see!

Thank goodness it’s going to miss us. This asteroid is two miles wide. An asteroid the size of a house could be catastrophic. Can you imagine what a two mile wide rock would do? (9)

Long Range Outlook 

The period of April 21-24 favors normal temperatures and above normal rainfall. Notice all the warmth building out west. Eventually, that will slide east. That’s good news for us warm weather lovers!





Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

A tornado is rated by the highest level of damage it created along its path, no matter how short that distance of the worst damage is. Tornado’s are often on the lower end of the EF-scale for much of their life, with only short distances of strong to violent tornado damage.

A good case in point is the Cookeville tornado of March 3. While the tornado left behind EF-0 damage for much of its 8.29 mile path (light blue-shaded area), it created EF-4 damage for only one half of a mile (dark red-shaded area). The EF-4 damage was also only 75 yards wide.

If only that EF-4 damage hadn’t occurred in such a populated area. Look at the city of Cookeville though, right there in front of where the damage stops to the right. The hospital is near the tip of the end of the path. What a close call.

(Map created by Sam Shamburger of the NWS Nashville office)


Answer to Trivia Question

The most realistic tornado footage ever made for a movie belongs to the Wizard of Oz. The 1939 movie is unmatched in tornado production, which is hard to believe considering how far special effects have come since then. Still, no one has quite mastered the emotion that the look of that realistically swirling, snaking Kansas twister evokes. To learn how that tornado was made, simply follow this link It’s very interesting!


You all have a great day!

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