Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for July 12

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

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The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in the marginal risk for severe storms for this afternoon and evening. Any storm that develops will be capable of damaging winds and hail. An isolated tornado is also possible, though that chance is quite slim.

By the middle of next week, very hot and humid conditions will settle in. We’ll need to be mindful of that heat and drink plenty of water and stay in the shade.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and storms. A few storms may be severe, with damaging winds and large hail.

Monday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny and pleasant, with lower humidity levels.

Wednesday: Humidity starts to make a comeback. This may lead to an isolated shower or storm in the afternoon/evening.

Thursday – Friday: Very hot and humid. An isolated storm possible in the afternoon/evening. Be safe in the heat.

Saturday: Continued very humid, but with a slightly better chance for afternoon/evening storms.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Today is the worst day on the outlook. Monday and Tuesday will feature low humidity, making them nearly perfect days for cutting hay. Humidity increases by mid to late week, but most of us should still stay dry. Afternoon storm chances increase a bit by the weekend.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 124 at Death Valley, California

Low: 26 at Copper Basin, Idaho

Tropics

No threats expected for the next five days.

Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe storms will threaten an area of the southern plains. All modes of severe weather are possible, including an isolated tornado. Some stronger storms may also threaten the Southeast during the afternoon and evening, as a cold front passes through.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Widespread strong to severe storms will affect the northern plains on Monday. All modes of severe weather are possible, including extremely large hail that could fall across eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota. The wildfire danger becomes elevated across southern Utah once again.

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Tuesday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A quieter day across the country.

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Records

Livingston (Overton County) set their all-time record high on this day in 1980. The mercury in Livingston hit 108 degrees that afternoon.

Sunday Story

Remember, if you can hear the thunder you’re close enough to be struck by lightning. Lightning has been known to travel for at least 20 miles from a thunderstorm. That’s a long way for a lightning bolt to travel.

Twenty miles is, indeed, an incredible distance for a lightning strike to travel, but it was recently discovered that lightning can travel much, much farther than that!

Each year, the World Meteorological Society (WMO) meets to determine the validity of records. Just last month, the WMO met and confirmed a satellite observation of a lightning flash having traveled 440 miles across the skies of southern Brazil on October 31, 2018! That’s right, 440 miles!

That incredible distance sets a new world record for longest distance travelled by a flash of lightning. The previous record was set in June of 2007, when a flash of lightning traveled 199.5 miles across the skies of Oklahoma.

The WMO also certified the account of a single lightning flash lasting 16.73 seconds. That flash occurred over northern Argentina on March 4, 2019.That more than doubles the previous record for a single flash, set in France in 2012.

These incredible lightning flashes are referred to collectively as “magaflashes”. They often occur in large complexes of thunderstorms. We often refer to these as squall lines in our neck of the woods.

With improved satellite observations, it is believed that even longer flash lengths and durations will be found around the globe as time goes on.

Lightning is certainly one of Nature’s most dangerous phenomena. Don’t forget that when you hear thunder’s roar, move indoors!

You all have a great day!

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