Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for Apr 19th

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Weather Headlines

An unsettled Sunday and Sunday night

A beautiful start to the week

A return to unsettled weather for the end of the week

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is currently expected on the plateau over the coming week.

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Sunday: We’ll all see some rain today, perhaps even some thunder. The daytime activity is looking to stay mostly south of us now, with half of us straying dry and the other half not. But we’ll all get in on the rain tonight. If April showers bring May flowers we should look like a rainforest by Mother’s Day (ha).

Monday – Wednesday: Mostly sunny and quite pleasant. Clouds will be moving out Monday and moving back in on Wednesday. Never the less, mostly sunny skies should prevail for the three days.

Thursday: A return to rain and storminess. It’s too early to know if storms will be strong.

Friday: Skies should clear out during the day.

Saturday: The next storm system may be poised to move in by this day, with more rain and storms by Saturday night.

Almanac

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Wx Hazards Across the Nation

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected again across the Deep South, with many of the same areas hit last Sunday getting hit again. In addition, flooding looks to be a high threat, as well. Elsewhere in the country, only areas of light precip are expected.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 102 degrees at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low: -17 degrees at Peter Sinks, Utah

Difference: 119 degrees

Records

On this day in 1981 a downpour of rain set rainfall intensity records for five minutes (0.95″), 10 minutes (1.35″) and 15 minutes (1.60″). That was one heck of an April shower! (ha)

Baldwin’s Sunday Story

As seasons change and battle out their differences, we can be sure that both warm and cold spells will come in the spring. Keep in mind that the average last frost for the plateau is around the second week of May. Keep that in mind when thinking of planting frost-sensitive plants. I always wait until after May 15th.

During the spring, summer’s warmth tries to move in, while winter fights to hold on. The result of winter’s fight is episodes of cold air that we call “cold spells”. Southern tradition dictates that we name our spring cold spells. These “winters” correspond with certain blooming vegetation.

In Tennessee, we have five “winters” that you may be familiar with. The first is Redbud Winter and that cold spell corresponds to the blooming of the Redbud trees. Next is Dogwood Winter, a time of chilly weather when those beautiful Dogwoods are in bloom. Native Americans looked for this winter as a sign to begin planting corn.

Even late in the spring, we still have yet more winters to go. There’s Locust Winter, which coincides with the blooming Locust trees, followed by Blackberry Winter. A frost on the blackberry bushes signals the blackberry canes to start growing.

There’s also a lesser known type of winter known as Cotton Britches Winter. This is usually the final cold spell of the spring. Folklore says that, ‘When this little cold spell is over, you can put on your cotton britches because winter is over.”

Other folks believe the last winter is called Whippoorwill Winter. This cold snap is the least harsh of them all and coincides with the time when Whippoorwills are calling for a mate.

Don’t let the warm days fool you this spring. Keep a watch out for those winters!

You all have a great day!

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