Baldwin’s Friday Wx Blog for May 22nd

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Weather Headlines

A few strong storms possible this afternoon

Summer-like pattern begins tomorrow

Rain chances continue on a daily basis for at least the next ten days

Main threats

Parts of the plateau are in the MARGINAL RISK for severe storms for this afternoon. Storms will be more widely scattered today, but that will allow the heat to build a bit more. That additional instability will be just enough to generate some strong, possibly severe, isolated storms this afternoon and evening. A damaging wind gust is the main threat. Be mindful of torrential rainfall too, especially if you’re driving and you encounter one of these storms.

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Baldwin’s Severe Wx Concern

My concern is still on the low end.

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Any time we get this warm and humid this time of year, as we will be for the next week, there is always the risk for a strong to briefly-severe storm in the afternoon or evening. A damaging wind gust is the primary threat, but be mindful of that cloud-to-ground lightning if you’re out and about this holiday weekend.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

**Please note: Any storm that develops in the heat of the afternoon and early evening hours will be capable of very gusty winds, torrential rainfall, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. Be very mindful of this if your outside over the holiday weekend**

Today: Scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. A few storms could be strong or even severe.

Saturday – Memorial Day: A chance for scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon.

Tuesday – Thursday: Continued warm with widely scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon.


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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 107 at Rio Grande Village, Texas (anyone else noticing how often this place is the hot spot in the country? ha)

Low: 15 at Bodie State Park, California

Difference of: 92 degrees


Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Strong to severe storms and heavy rainfall will threaten the southern plains. All modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes. It’s looking like a rough day for those folks. Heavy rainfall will also threaten southern Nebraska. Meanwhile, look at all the snow out west!



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe weather overspreads the northern plains, while snow flakes fly across the northern Rockies.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall will threaten southern Texas, while snow falls across parts of the Front Range of the Rockies. Notice the enormous amount of real-estate under the threat of showers across the eastern US.



Lewiston, Maine recorded a high temperature of 101 degrees on this date in 1911. This was the hottest temperature ever recorded in New England in May. Several heat records were set later that summer, including Boston’s all-time hottest temperature of 103 degrees.

Many of these heat records stood until the summer of 1975. Still, a great many records for heat across New England are either set in 1911 or 1975, even until this day.

Weather Trivia 

Q: What is the hottest temperature ever recorded in the US?

a. 114 degrees   b. 124 degrees   c. 134 degrees   d. 144 degrees

(Answer at the end of the blog!)

Long Range Outlook 

As expected, extended outlooks are trending warmer and wetter with each new set of data coming in.





7-Day Projected Precip Totals

Tennessee’s colors are getting brighter and brighter. May is looking like it could be one of the wettest on record for our area. Meanwhile, the southern and central plains are expecting a lot of rainfall too. That does not bode well for agriculture there.



SpaceX Demo-2 Rollout

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Preparations continue for the Demo-2 mission, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 3:33 pm CDT with astronauts Behnken and Hurley.

NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The flight test will serve as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. (Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

Check out this complex of thunderstorms, knows as a mesoscale convective system (MCS), moving north into Montana Wednesday night. This is infrared satellite. Pretty cool view of a storm complex, right? 

Weather News

Kids on the Rise went out to congratulate our Kindergarten, 8th grade, and high school graduates last evening….via a graduation drive-by celebration caravan! It was SO much fun and the weather cooperated very nicely! We wish all the kids much success in the next steps of their lives.

I wish I could have seen the look on my mentee’s face when I called and told him Kids on the Rise was on the way to his house to do a drive-by. I really need to watch how I phrase things (lol).

Speaking of my mentee….Michael graduated 8th grade at North School. I’m so very proud of him and I’m anxious to see what awaits us in high school. He has an incredible heart and a wildly creative mind that will take him so very far in life.

Pictured below are just some of the kids we got to congratulate.

Answer to Trivia Question

A: (c) The hottest temperature ever recorded in the US was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty darn toasty!


You all have a great day!

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