Nice weather returns for today and tomorrow
Unsettled weather makes a comeback by Sunday evening
Turning cooler for the end of next week
Sunday Evening: Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible north of I-40. These storms should be isolated in nature and not widespread.
Monday – Tuesday: Strong to severe storms are possible each day, with the greater chance coming Tuesday. At this time this does not appear to be a major severe weather scenario, but I’ll keep an eye on things.
Baldwin’s Severe Wx Concern (New Section!)
Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast
Today and Saturday: Sunny and nice, though the winds will be a bit breezy on Friday. Those winds should calm by tomorrow.
Sunday: A chance for evening showers and storms. Rain and storm chances increase even more in the overnight hours. A few of the storms could be strong to severe.
Monday: A chance for showers and storms. Any storm that develops may be strong.
Tuesday: Showers and storms likely. Some of the storms could be strong to severe.
Wednesday: Becoming partly cloudy. Cooler.
Thursday: Sunny but cool.
Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature
High: 109 at Death Valley, California
Low: 21 at Crane Lake, Minnesota
Difference of: 88 degrees
Wx Hazards Across the Nation
It’s a rather quiet day across the country, with no major severe weather or flooding issues to write about.
The morning low temperature at Polebridge, Montana dropped to five below zero on this day in 1954. That a set a new state record low for the month of May for Montana.
Q: Which Apollo mission experienced a lightning strike after launching?
a. Apollo 11 b. Apollo 12 c. Apollo 13
(Answer at the bottom of the blog!)
This could very well be the month we launch astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011! The launch is tentatively set for May 27 at 4:32 pm.
Will I be there watching? Gosh, I sure hope so. I’m just not sure how Covid-19 will affect everything. I’m going to try my absolute best to get there. What a sight to see! This mission brings us all the more closer to sending astronauts to the Moon again. This particular mission on May 27 will send two astronauts to the International Space Station.
Speaking of the moon mission…..
In an exciting announcement yesterday, NASA has awarded 3 commercial spacecraft manufacturers contracts to develop the human-rated Lunar landing architecture for the Artemis program. Awardees are Dynetics from Huntsville, Alabama, SpaceX from Hawthorne, California, and combined team lead by Blue Origin from Kent, Washington (with partnerships with Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman).
Long Range Outlook
The extended outlook for May 6-10 continues to show below normal temperatures. The only change is that the rainfall is trending drier. So, cool and dry conditions may await us going into the second week of May. That would certainly discourage severe weather.
Check out these swirling tumbleweeds! This was captured by Matt McKnight (@mattmillsphoto) about 2.5 hours southeast of Seattle (at the Hanford site on WA-240) on Thursday. It’s like a dust devil but with tumbleweeds. I say we just call this a tumbleweed devil and call it a day! (ha)
Answer to Trivia Question
A:(b) The Apollo 12 mission was actually struck twice! The first strike came 36.5 seconds after lift-off and the second came at 52 seconds. There was no lightning in the area but there was a deck of clouds present. The charge difference between the Apollo 12 rocket and the clouds created the two lightning strikes. Thankfully, the spacecraft handled the lightning well. Many lessons were learned that day!
You all have a great day!