Baldwin’s Thundering Monday Wx Blog for May 18

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Weather Headlines

An unsettled week ahead

Tracking Tropical Storm Arthur

Main threats

MONDAY AFTERNOON: Some of the storms could become strong to briefly severe. Heavy downpours of rain, gusty winds, and cloud-to-ground lightning will be the main threats. Widespread severe weather is not expected.

Baldwin’s Severe Wx Concern

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. Some storms could be strong, with gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

Tuesday – Thursday: Showers and thundershowers, especially in the afternoons and evenings.

Friday: Only a slight chance for showers. Otherwise, partly cloudy and warmer.

Saturday – Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm. A slight chance for a shower or storm.


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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 104 at Death Valley, California

Low: 24 at Peter Sinks, Utah and Pikes Peak, Colorado

Difference of: 80 degrees


Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy downpours are possible today from the Ohio Valley to the Tennessee Valley. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Arthur will bring wind and rain to the North Carolina coastline.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall will be possible for portions of the Carolinas.



Arthur continues to sustain winds of 45 mph. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for the eastern coastline counties of North Carolina, including the Outer Banks, for today.

Normally, tropical systems move on out to sea. This storm, however, looks like it really wants to go to Bermuda before doing that.



On this day in 1995 a massive, half-mile wide F-3 tornado carved a 10-mile wide swath of destruction across southern Cumberland County. The twister injured 20 people. This was the night of Class Night for the high school seniors. Eleven homes, 14 mobile homes, and two businesses were destroyed. Tens of thousands of trees were blown down.

Interestingly, there was no official storm survey conducted for this tornado by the National Weather Service.

Weather Trivia 

Q: While the full extent of Earth’s atmosphere is about 300 miles thick, most of the atmosphere is within _____ miles of the Earth’s surface.

a. 2   b. 5    c. 10    d. 15    e. 20

(Answer at the end of the blog!)

Long Range Outlook 

For the period of May 23 – 27 indicates above average temperatures and normal to slightly above normal rainfall. This would indicate unsettled weather and possibly some opportunities for storms.





7-Day Projected Precip Totals



Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018), NASA’s first chief astronomer, is known as the ‘Mother of Hubble.’ In a time when women were discouraged from studying math and science, Roman became a research astronomer and was instrumental in taking NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality and establishing NASA’s program of space-based astronomical observatories.

In this image from the early 1970s, Dr. Roman is shown at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

This is for you bird lovers. I got out and snapped some pics of our feathered friends enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend.


Answer to Trivia Question

A: (c) Much of the atmosphere is within only 10 miles of the surface of the earth. After that point, the atmosphere becomes very, very thin.

The atmosphere is thickest at the Equator and thinner at the Poles. This is because the heat of the Equatorial region causes the atmosphere to swell upward, while the colder air of the poles causes the atmosphere to shrink and be more compressed there. At times, much of the atmosphere is within only five miles of the earth’s surface at the Poles.

You all have a great day!

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