Baldwin’s Not-So-Bad Saturday Wx Blog for April 18th

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Weather Headlines

An unsettled, changeable pattern continues

A very pleasant start to our work week

Main threats

The best chance for strong storms this forecast period will come on Thursday. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Saturday: Clouds gradually move out. It will be cooler than yesterday, but the afternoon should be pleasant.

Sunday: Rain and thunder. Storms are not expected to be severe.

Monday – Wednesday: Pleasant spring weather.

Thursday: Rain and storms return.

Friday: Skies gradually clear out.

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

It’s an unsettled day across the country, with multiple areas of precipitation. The best chance for stronger storms will be found across northern Florida. The best chance for accumulating snowfall will be found across New England.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 96 degrees at Miles City, Florida

Low: -36 at Peter Sinks, Utah

Difference: 132 degrees

Records

Today is the anniversary of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The fires that started from the quake were fanned by unusual easterly winds present in the city that day.

Several years late, in 1944, the worst hailstorm on record for the state of California hit the Sacramento Valley on this day. Damage to fruit and crops was incredible and damages were estimated at around two million dollars (and this was 1944!).

Weather Trivia

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was recorded in Prospect Creek, Alaska. Approximately how cold was that reading?

a. -100   b. -80   c. -60   d. -40

(Answer at the bottom of the blog!)

NASA Knowledge

NASA announced that astronauts will launch from American soil on May 27! This will be the first time that has happened since 2011. They will fly aboard the Crew Dragon and this will be that craft’s final tests for the Artemis moon mission coming in 2024.

I was fortunate enough to see the first uncrewed orbital test of the Crew Dragon back in March. It sure was a sight to see! I can’t imagine seeing it go up with astronauts on board.

Barring any complications from virus disruptions, I am going to do my very best to get down there for this launch!

Pictured below is the Crew Dragon capsule.

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Long Range Outlook 

The period for April 23-27 favors near normal temperatures and much above normal precipitation. That could favor a stormy pattern for our region.

Temperature

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Precipitation

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Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

This is an image caught by photographers at Newport Beach, California this past Wednesday night. The blue light you see is algae that flashes blue when it experiences a disturbance, such as a crashing wave. That’s pretty wild, right? They said this year’s light is the brightest they’ve ever seen.

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News

Last Sunday, a significant severe weather outbreak struck the Deep South. This Sunday, they are under the gun again. If you know anyone who lives in Mississippi, Alabama, or Georgia make sure they’re paying attention to the weather again tomorrow. All modes of severe weather are likely. Thankfully, all of that will stay south of Tennessee.

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Answer to Trivia Question

A: (b) On January 23, 1971 the temperature at Prospect Creek, Alaska dipped all the way down to -79.8 degree, or approximately 80 below zero. Lordy, that’s cold! ha

You all have a great day!

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