Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for July 26

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

Any storm will be capable of deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, torrential rainfall, and gusty winds (perhaps even a damaging gust).

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today & Tomorrow: Warm and humid, with a chance for an afternoon or evening shower or storm. These two days will likely be the driest days of the coming week.

Tuesday – Saturday: Continued warm and humid, with scattered mainly afternoon and evening showers and storms. Turning a bit cooler by the end of the week.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

While we will still be dodging the chance for a shower or storm today and tomorrow, rain chances will be even greater from Tuesday into next weekend.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 115 at Death Valley, California

Low: 28 at Bridgeport, California

Tropics

Just as Hanna makes landfall and is weakening today, we already have another system to watch in the southern Atlantic. That system, as it slowly organizes, will likely become our ninth named storm of the season in the coming days.

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Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

The remnants of Hanna will bring heavy rainfall and some severe weather to parts of eastern Texas. The heavy rainfall also threatens the Louisiana coastline. Meanwhile, more heavy rainfall will threaten the central plains.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall will continue for a small portion of the northern Gulf Coast from the remnants of Hanna, while more heavy rainfall threatens the southern plains.

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Tuesday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More heavy rain may fall on parts of the southern plains. Otherwise, it should be a quieter day.

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Records

Two cloudbursts (a short period of extremely heavy rainfall) hit both Catskill, New York and Westfield, Massachusetts at nearly the same time on this day in 1819. Each cloudbursts produced about 15 inches of rainfall! Enormous erosion of soil was noted.

Sunday Story

The sun is one of the most fascinating stars in our solar system. It is the only star that we rely on for survival.

NASA launched a new solar probe back in February that will provide opportunities to study the sun like never before. The satellite began sending back the best images yet of the sun in June, as it came within 48 million miles of the sun.

I often remind folks that lightning is as hot as the surface of the sun, and that is certainly true. What’s interesting is that the sun’s atmosphere is hotter than its surface. While the surface is several thousand degrees, the atmosphere can be several millions of degrees Fahrenheit.

The sun’s energy travels through our solar system. If it arrives at a planet that has no atmosphere that energy just escapes back out to space. If the planet has an atmosphere that energy gets trapped and keeps the temperature warmer on the planet. This is also known as the greenhouse effect, as the atmosphere acts as a greenhouse would, trapping in the heat.

The thicker a planet’s atmosphere is the more heat the planet will trap. It just so happens that the earth’s atmosphere is just right to sustain temperatures for life as we know it here.

If a planet is far away from the sun but has a thick atmosphere, it can trap more heat and be warmer than a planet that is closer to the sun but has no atmosphere. So, being closer to the sun does not ensure that a planet is warmer.

Our sun and the solar system it lights up is certainly a fascinating place in the universe, and perhaps there’s none other like it. We should study it and learn as much as we can from it. You just never know what we may find next!

You all have a great Sunday!

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