Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for May 24

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Unsettled weather continues


Main threats

Any storm that develops will be capable of gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. Keep an eye on the sky and take a glance at the radar from time to time if you’re out and about. Storm chances are greatest in the heat of the afternoons and early evenings.

Baldwin’s Severe Wx Concern

Most of the storms that form over the coming days, mainly in the afternoons, will not be severe. However, there will always be a chance that one or two become quite strong, with damaging straight-line winds the main threat, along with very heavy downpours of rain that could lead to localized flash flooding.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

This whole week can be summarized by being very warm and humid, with isolated to scattered showers and storms each day, mainly in the afternoon and evening.

Today – Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoons and evenings.

Wednesday – Thursday: Widely scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon and evening.

Friday – Saturday: Storms once again become more numerous, especially in the afternoons and evenings.


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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 106 at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low: 15 at McGill, Nevada

Difference of: 91 degrees


Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe weather threatens an area from the southern plains to the Upper Midwest. Heavy rainfall will also bring the threat for flooding. Southern Florida is dealing with flooding rainfall today, too.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Very heavy rainfall threatens the southern plains and southern Florida. Widespread flooding is likely in those two areas.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

The unsettled weather in the eastern US continues, with scattered showers and storms.



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Sunday Story

Firefly Weather

It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing lightning bugs across the plateau. Maybe you’ve already seen some?

I always keep an eye out just as soon as warm weather sets in. There’s just something exciting about seeing those first flashes during a warm late-spring evening.

I mention warmth for a reason. The larvae of the lightning bugs have to reach a certain temperature for them to get started. That larvae are in the ground and is therefore dependent on warming soil temperatures.

If we have an early spring, you’ll see those fireflies early. If we have a late spring, you’ll see them later. They usually show up from around mid-May to mid-June, depending on soil temperatures.

Over in the Smoky Mountains, park rangers keep track of the soil temperatures to know when the synchronous fireflies will show up. They sell lottery tickets for people to enter to win a chance to see those unique fireflies at Elkmont.

The synchronous fireflies all flash at once for several seconds, rather than just sporadically and constantly like the ones on the plateau do. The synchronous-flashing fireflies in the Smokies are the males flashing in flight. They then stop at once to see if any females on the ground respond.

Park rangers say it’s like hundreds of guys shouting for the attention of a lady and then suddenly stopping to see if any ladies shout back. Each species has its own unique flash patterns to keep cross breeding from threatening any specific species.

After the cool April and early May we’ve had, I expect our lightning bugs to be running a bit late this year. But keep your eyes open! You just never know when those first flashes may appear.

You all have a great day!


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