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Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for June 7th

At a Glance

Not available today. 

48-Hour Weather

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Be safe in the heat and humidity today. Heat index values will be very high by this afternoon.

Make sure your outdoor pets have plenty of cool, fresh water.


Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today – Monday: Hot, humid, but rain-free.

Tuesday: Scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday: More scattered showers and storms.

Thursday – Saturday: Looking warm and pleasant.


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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 107 at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low: 25 at Calimus and Wagontire, Oregon and at Fox Mountain, Nevada


Tropical Storm Cristobal will make landfall along the coast of Louisiana sometime this afternoon. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph, though the National Hurricane Center admits that may be a bit generous. So, wind is certainly not the problem. The storm will, however, bring abundant rainfall to the coast and that will lead to flooding concerns.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A severe weather outbreak is expected across the northern plains again today. Some of the tornadoes could even be “significant”. Mountain snows continue in the northern Rockies, while Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast. That storm will bring flooding rains and the possibility of severe storms to that region today and tonight.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A cold front will bring severe storms to the central and northern plains tomorrow. Meanwhile, the remnants of T.S. Cristobal will bring flooding rainfall to the Lower Mississippi River Valley.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

The remnants of Cristobal will continue to bring heavy rain to the Midwest.



Like yesterday’s, today’s record is from 1816. On this day, a very unusual winter storm struck parts of the Northeast. Danville, Vermont reported drifts of snow and sleet that were nearly two feet deep! Even Boston had snow flurries! The highlands were white all day.

I’ll have an article about that year coming for the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise this week!

Sunday Story

Published in the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise the week of June 1st.

Astronauts are launching from American soil for the first time since the last space shuttle lifted off in 2011!

The first scheduled launch was for May 27. After months of excitement from waiting for this launch, it was delayed at the last minute because of weather.

The number one reason for any rocket launch delay is weather. The responsibility of that forecast resides with the folks at the 45th Weather Squadron of Cape Canaveral.

Florida is the lightning capital of the US, so thunderstorms are very common. Rockets cannot launch into lightning storms.

The more complicated forecast is like the one that occurred May 27. Conditions were mostly cloudy, with storms in the distance. Nevertheless, a lesson learned the hard way by NASA is that just a deck of cloud cover can generate its own lightning strike.

The water in the clouds is negatively charged, while a rocket is negatively charged. If the two generate enough charge difference a lightning strike is created. This happened with Apollo 12 and could have ended in disaster for that crew.

Even temperatures need to be watched closely. Bitter cold temperatures at Cape Canaveral led to a failure of the O-rings on a side rocket booster on the Challenger, which led to a catastrophic failure of the craft.

Winds from the surface of the earth to tens of thousands of feet up need to be monitored closely. Weather balloons are released frequently in the hours leading up to and during the launches. Every weather element must be watched closely.

As dangerous as weather is to lift-off, some astronauts miss that weather once they are in space. One astronaut commented that when he was in space, he would have given anything just to feel a cool breeze or take a walk in warm sunshine.


You all have a great day!


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