Baldwin’s Thundering Thursday Wx Blog for Aug 13

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At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

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Threats

Storms today through Sunday could contain gusty winds, with a locally damaging wind gust possible. Storms will also be capable of producing very heavy rainfall and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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The pattern next week is looking more stable, keeping severe weather at bay.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and storms, especially this afternoon and evening.

Friday: Widespread showers and storms are likely. Some rainfall could be heavy.

Saturday – Sunday: More scattered showers and storms.

Monday – Tuesday: Partly cloudy.

Wednesday: A chance for some showers and some thunder, as a system skirts to our south.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Today through Saturday are still looking like bad hay weather days. After this, the trend should be for drier weather, though more showers may creep in here for Wednesday, with a system skirting to our south. I’ll keep an eye on that. Next week is, generally, looking cooler and drier than this week.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 118 at Death Valley, California

Low: 27 at Grand Lake, Colorado

Tropics

We should have Tropical Storm Josephine by the end of the day. That system, fortunately, is expected to curve away from the US. It is also expected to weaken by early next week, as it encounters unfavorable atmospheric conditions.

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Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall threatens the Mid-Atlantic region today (just as it did yesterday, with terrible flooding in Baltimore, Maryland). Severe storms and heavy rainfall will threaten portions of the Dakotas and northern Minnesota. Meanwhile, a wildfire danger will exist from southern Idaho to southern Wyoming.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More severe storms for the Upper Midwest. Heavy rainfall will be a threat there, too.

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Saturday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More heavy rainfall is possible again across the Mid-Atlantic.

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Records

On this day in 1985 hail larger than golf balls, driven by 70 mph winds, mowed down crops, stripped trees, and broke windows, near Logan, Kansas. Road graders cleared three foot drifts of hail on Kansas Highway 9 east of town.

Long Range Outlook 

The 18th through the 22nd continues to feature below normal temperatures. We are right on the line between above normal rainfall and below normal rainfall. This often means we will have some rain chances, here and there, from systems skirting to our south and east. Keep in mind that normal temps for this time of year are highs in the lower 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

Temperature

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Precipitation 

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NASA Nerdology

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gave us some incredible images of Ceres before the mission ended in late 2018. Ceres is a dwarf planet in an area known as the Asteroid Belt that lies between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is a bit smaller than our moon and is known for having bright white patches on it. Dawn dipped to within 22 miles of the surface of Ceres! This allowed scientists to answer so many questions.

The bright white patches are salt deposits and planetary scientists had suspected that.  they had suspected that after studying Ceres with telescopes. What they didn’t know is where that salt came from. Now, they know.

There is a reservoir of saltwater that is 25 miles deep and hundreds of miles across. They determined this by studying Ceres’ gravity with Dawn. It, like so many bodies out there, has an abundance of ice.

“Dawn accomplished far more than we hoped when it embarked on its extraordinary extraterrestrial expedition,” said Mission Director Marc Rayman of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “These exciting new discoveries from the end of its long and productive mission are a wonderful tribute to this remarkable interplanetary explorer.”

The findings, which also reveal the extent of geologic activity in Occator Crater, appear in a special collection of papers published by Nature Astronomy, Nature Geoscience, and Nature Communications this week.

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You all have a great day!

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