Baldwin’s Wednesday Wx Blog for July 29

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

Heavy rainfall is the main threat over the next several days. That’s not to say we can’t see a strong to severe storm, but the torrential rainfall that will fall from some of the storms could cause greater issues. Localized flash flooding is certainly possible. Be careful if you’re out and about, and never drive across a flooded roadway.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy skies will lead to scattered showers and storms this afternoon and evening. Some storms will produce very heavy rainfall.

Friday – Saturday: Widespread showers and storms. Some storms will produce torrential rainfall that will lead to localized flash flooding.

Sunday – Tuesday: Warm and humid, with more scattered showers and storms.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

The outlook just keeps looking worse for hay weather. Very heavy rainfall threatens to leave us very soggy for Thursday through Saturday. By Sunday, we should be back to the afternoon/evening variety of showers and storms, though those look to be quite common each of those days.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 120 at Death Valley, California

Low: 36 at Choteau, Montana

Tropics

We still do not have an officially named storm, but that could change at any moment. The storm is then expected to follow a track similar to what you see here, though that track will likely change. Until a well-defined center develops (that’s when it gets named) it is very difficult for models to give us guidance in where the system will go. As soon as that center develops, a better track forecast can be made. The storm is expected to remain a tropical storm but that too could change. Stay tuned.

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Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall threatens both the northern and central plains today. The heavy rainfall of this summer does not bode well with agriculture in those areas.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall stretches across the middle of the country and into the Midsouth. Flooding is likely in some of the highlighted areas.

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Friday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More flooding rainfall for the Midsouth. Meanwhile, our tropical system moves through the Caribbean.

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Records

On this day in 1981 a lightning strike in Vance, Alabama struck a tree with cattle standing under it. The strike killed fifty 800-pound cows.

Long Range Outlook 

After a very wet ending to July, the first week of August may hold unusually drier and cooler weather for this time of year.

Temperature

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Precipitation 

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Weather Shot

Our tropical system in the Caribbean looks like a healthy storm on satellite. We’ll be tracking this system as we go through the next several days. I expect this to become a named storm by the end of the day. That storm will be called Isaias.

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NASA Nerdology

Don’t forget that our next Mars rover launches tomorrow!!! It will be the most sophisticated rover that has ever been sent to the mysterious Red Planet. It will roll across the surface, it will drill down into the ground, it will collect rocks…heck, it even has a helicopter that will fly around and check out the landscape! That is definitely a first!

You know what else is a first? The rover has equipment to turn the inhospitable Martian air into breathable oxygen! That’s right, it has the ability to make oxygen. The testing of that technology is so incredibly useful for future astronauts who will head to Mars. What an exciting mission!

We already know a lot about Mars but we need to know a lot more….a WHOLE lot more. We know there was water but we don’t know where it went. We know the building blocks of life are there but we don’t know if they ever built life. We know the atmosphere has changed over time but we don’t know the specifics of those changes. Is Mars like Earth, with rivers of water beneath the surface? If so, is there life in those waters? Is there life in the soil, even if microbial? We have never found life anywhere besides Earth. This is something that may be about to change. The rover lands on Mars in February 2021!

Don’t forget to follow Perseverance on Twitter @NASAPersevere to keep up with the latest!

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You all have a great day!

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