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Baldwin’s Friday Wx Blog for Aug 14

“We leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind,” Eugene Cernan, Commander of the last Apollo mission. 

At a Glance


48-Hour Weather

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Any storm today and tomorrow will be capable of producing torrential rainfall, deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, and gusty winds.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

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A more stable airmass next week should hinder severe storm development.

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today & Tomorrow: Scattered showers and storms. Some storms will produce heavy rainfall.

Sunday – Tuesday: Partly cloudy skies.

Wednesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for an afternoon shower or storm.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

The hay weather forecast continues to improve for next week. Today and tomorrow are certainly not good, though. The good news is that the extended forecast beyond this week continues to show good hay weather. I’ll keep an eye on that.

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 118 at Death Valley, California

Low: 27 at Peter Sinks, Utah


We have a new area to monitor now off the coast of North Carolina. Thankfully, that system is moving out to sea. Josephine is struggling this morning and should continue to do so in the coming days, as she curves out to sea. There are no threats to the US in the foreseeable future.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall threatens our area and the southern Appalachians. Significant severe weather is expected across North Dakota and Minnesota today. Minnesota is in for a rough day, as it looks right now. Meanwhile, a wildfire danger will exist again today across southern Idaho and southern Wyoming.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

The heavy rainfall threat moves into the the Virginias and North Carolina.



Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A quieter day is expected.



The 1930s were a tough decade for the plains. On this day in 1936 temperatures across much of eastern Kansas soared above 110 degrees. Kansas City, Missouri hit an all-time record high of 113 degrees. It was one of sixteen consecutive days of 100 degree heat for that city. During that summer there were a record 53 days of 100 degree heat, and during the three summer months Kansas City received just 1.12 inches of rain.

Long Range Outlook 

Cool and dry conditions continue to prevail in the extended outlook for  the middle and end of next week.





Weather Shot

Check out this quadruple lightning shot from storms in Arizona yesterday. How wild is that? It’s certainly monsoon season across the Southwest. This amazing photo is by Melissa Wambolt (@MelissaMWambolt).


NASA Nerdology

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter received a checkout and recharge of its power system on Friday, Aug. 7, one week into its near seven-month journey to Mars with the Perseverance rover. This marks the first time the helicopter has been powered up and its batteries have been charged in the space environment.

During the eight-hour operation, the performance of the rotorcraft’s six lithium-ion batteries was analyzed as the team brought their charge level up to 35%. The project has determined a low charge state is optimal for battery health during the cruise to Mars.

“This was a big milestone, as it was our first opportunity to turn on Ingenuity and give its electronics a ‘test drive’ since we launched on July 30,” said Tim Canham, the operations lead for Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “Since everything went by the book, we’ll perform the same activity about every two weeks to maintain an acceptable state of charge.”


You all have a great day!

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2 thoughts on “Baldwin’s Friday Wx Blog for Aug 14

  1. Hi Mark, May I Share this on FB?

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. You sure can!

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