Baldwin’s Sunday Story Wx Blog for August 9

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Abbreviated Weekend Edition

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

A few storms in the coming week could become strong, with cloud-to-ground lighting, heavy downpours, and a damaging winds gust possible.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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An increase in storms this week leads to a higher chance for a few of them being strong to severe, with a damaging wind gust being the main threat. Widespread severe weather is not expected at this time.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Partly Cloudy, hot and humid. Some showers/storms possible overnight.

Monday – Saturday: Hot and humid, with scattered showers and storms. A few storms could be strong.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Our forecast continues to trend wetter. After today, a good hay weather day is hard to find. Each day this week will feature showers and storms, most likely in the afternoons and evenings, but possible to some degree throughout the day.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 114 at Death Valley, California

Low: 26 at Copper Basin, Idaho

Tropics

We have an area to monitor now that bears watching. I’ll be tracking this one across the Atlantic this week!

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Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Widespread severe weather is likely today across much of the Upper Midwest. All modes of severe weather are possible. Flooring rainfall is also likely. It’s going to be a rough Sunday for much of Minnesota and Wisconsin (and bordering areas). Another area of heavy rainfall is possible across southern Illinois.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More heavy rainfall is likely for eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

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Tuesday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A quiet day, perhaps.

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Sunday Story

(The Sunday Story is a reprint of the weekly weather articles I write for the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise)

A historic rocket launch occurred on July 30 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, when the newest Mars rover, Perseverance, was launched. It is scheduled to arrive on the Red Planet in February.

Of the four rovers that are already on Mars, this one is the most unique. One of the objectives is to answer questions about life on Mars. We know water once flowed on the Martian surface 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. Perseverance will work like no other rover to answer these questions.

Perseverance will provide a “Wright Brothers” moment when it releases its helicopter. This will lead to the first powered flight of a manned vehicle on any planetary body besides Earth. The atmosphere is so different on Mars that it took some unique engineering to develop a helicopter that can fly there.

A weather station on board the rover will collect better weather data than any of the previous rovers. It will behave similarly to a weather station on earth, but the data collected will be quite different.

One of the weather measurements that will be most different is carbon dioxide (CO2). That gas is abundant on Mars and is one of the factors that has led to a very warm and desolate planet. We worry about CO2 levels here on earth because we fear the same could happen to us if CO2 levels get too high.

Exploration has always been in our human DNA. That exploration may lead to finding things on other worlds that help us here on earth. Our place is unique in the universe and we should aim to do our best to keep it as beautiful and flourishing as we possibly can.

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You all have a great day!

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