Baldwin’s Friday Weather Blog for April 17th

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Weather Headlines

An unsettled and changeable pattern continues

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected in this forecast period.

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Friday: Very breezy, with clouds increasing as we go through the day. Showers developing overnight, and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Total rainfall amounts of around one-half inch.

Saturday: After a morning shower or two, skies will clear and we should see plenty of sunshine by the afternoon. A pleasant day.

Sunday: A rather nice day is expected, but while you slept the next storm system was quickly brewing out on the plains. Expect rain and thunder to move in by Sunday night. Severe weather should stay well to our south.

Monday – Wednesday: After a morning shower on Monday, we are set to have some nice weather. Enjoy it! In this quickly changing pattern nothing is sure to last.

Thursday: Rain & thunderstorms return with another storm system. There are no clear indications of severe weather threats at this time.


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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

It’s a quieter day across the country. While there are widespread chances for precip in the eastern US, much of that is very light. No severe weather or heavy snowfall is expected. Farther west, two weak systems will affect two regions; the northernmost regions of the Pacific Northwest and the southwestern corner of our country.


Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 97 degrees at Pembroke, Pines and Miami, Florida. Both locations hit 97 deg.

Low: -1 White Sulphur Springs, Montana


On this day in 1953 six counties in northeastern Oklahoma were pelted with snow, sleet, rain, and freezing rain. While that alone is unusual for this time of year, the precipitation was also accompanied by a severe hailstorm! More than 10,000 insurance claims were filed.

Weather Trivia (New!) 

I recently asked you what month Tennessee reports the most tornadoes (April). In what month does tornado activity peak for the whole country?

a. March   b. April   c. May    d. June   e. July

(Answer at the end of the blog)

NASA Knowledge

Well, so many of us had hoped that Comet Atlas would grow bright enough to see with the naked eye in our skies. After all, it did brighten significantly in March, with a predicted peak in brightness coming at the end of this month. But, alas, it’s not to be. We even wondered if it would crash into Mars in three years. What a sight to have seen through a telescope!

Why is all of this over? Because Atlas is doing what so many comets do….breaking up. The comet is slowly shattering and will become a disintegrated mass of debris before long. So long, Atlas.


Image Credit & Copyright: Milen Minev (Bulgarian Inst. of Astronomy and NAO Rozhen), Velimir Popov, Emil Ivanov (Irida Observatory)

Long Range Outlook 

The period of April 22-26 favors above normal temperatures and above normal rainfall for our area.





Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

These two tornado paths in Mississippi from Sunday’s severe weather are quite incredible. One supercell followed soon behind the other, leaving folks scrambling for cover from not one violent tornado, but two. What a nightmare! The first tornado was an EF-4 and tracked for 68 miles and was 2.25 miles wide! The second twister was an EF-3 and tracked for 82.5 miles and was up to one mile wide.

The widest tornado ever recorded in the US was 2.6 miles in El Reno, Oklahoma on May 21, 2013. The widest tornado ever recorded in Mississippi before Sunday was the 2010 Yazoo City tornado. It measured 1.75 miles wide. (FYI, I was chasing that day and had some car troubles, keeping me from catching this storm).


Answer to Trivia Question

A: (c) May

While tornadoes are most frequent in Tennessee in the month of April, tornadoes peak in frequency in the month of May for the country as a whole.

You all have a great day!

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