Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for Aug 2

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

At this time, there are no significant threats in sight for the next week.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

A more stable air mass should keep our region free of severe weather for this week.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Monday – Wednesday: Partly cloudy with only a slight chance for an afternoon/evening shower or storm.

Thursday – Friday: Partly cloudy skies.

Saturday: Becoming warmer and more humid, which will allow afternoon/evening storms to increase a bit.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

It’s finally looking like a string of good hay days are in store for our area this week! While we could be dodging an isolated shower or storm most days, those rain chances are quite low.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 121 at Death Valley, California

Low: 29 at Old Station, California

Tropics

Isaias is now a tropical storm again and will likely remain below hurricane strength for the rest of its life. The storm will hug the east coast of Florida today, before making landfall in the Carolinas lat Monday night. The system will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to much of the East Coast as we go through the next few days.

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Another area of concern will likely become our next named storm in the coming days. That system, however, should stay off the US coastline, but I’ll keep you posted on that.

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Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe storms threaten the Northeast, with all modes of severe weather possible. An area of heavy rainfall threatens the southern Appalachians, while Isaias hugs the east coast of Florida today.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Tropical Storm Isaias will bring very heavy rainfall to the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Tuesday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

The heavy rains from Isaias will spread northward and affect much of the East Coast by Tuesday.

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Weather Shot

Saw this on Twitter from Robert Speta (@RobertSpetaWX) and thought it was pretty darn cool. I shared this on Facebook but I know that all of you don’t have social media, so I wanted to share it here, too.

“Long period waves coming on shore in Jacksonville Today. Before the age of satellites and modern warnings this was a sign used by sailors of a tropical system approaching.”

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NASA Nerdology

Today is splashdown! It’s hard to believe it’s already time for these gentlemen to come  back home. What a trip this must have been for them and we are all so glad and proud that it was such a success! Behnken and Hurley were the first astronauts to fly on a commercial spacecraft. They have spent two months on the International Space Station. If you’ll recall, they were the first astronauts since the shuttle program to launch from American soil. What a proud day that was!

Splashdown will be in the Gulf of Mexico at 1:48 CDT this afternoon! Watch it all live at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

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There are two splashdown locations being targeted, seen in the image below. Folks with binoculars should be able to see the parachutes from the coast!

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Sunday Story

(These stories are published the week prior to being shown here in both the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise)

For many of us, few things are worse than walking into a spider web. Sometimes it feels as though they are built to catch humans!

We’re moving into the time of year when those webs will be popping up everywhere, as the spiders take advantage of the feeding frenzy that comes from summer bugs.

Spiders often construct their webs based on the weather. If you see the webs flying in the air, that often means an extended period of dry weather is in store for us. You’ve likely heard the saying, “When spiders’ webs in air do fly, the spell will soon be very dry.”

The spiders count on their weather instincts to tell them when it’s alright to spend their energy building a web. They need to know that it won’t soon be destroyed by weather. Since building a web requires the use of a lot of energy, the spider must be certain that it’s not wasting its time building a web that won’t last.

At the start of fall, you may notice elaborate spider webs covered in morning dew. If that dew soon dries, you can expect a nice day. The meteorological explanation for this is that if the humidity quickly lowers during the morning after the sun rises, the drier air often leads to a nice day.

To build its web, the spider puts its abdomen to the air and emits webbing into the air. The webbing flies in the wind (a slight breeze helps) until it attaches to something solid. The liquid webbing begins to harden when exposed to air. For its diameter, some spiders have web material tougher than steel!

There’s nothing on this earth that weather doesn’t affect. Perhaps nothing knows that better than the spider that is building a web for you right now!

You all have a great day!

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