Baldwin’s Thursday Wx Blog for Aug 20

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny,” Stephen Hawking.

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

Threats

Any storm that develops today through Saturday will have the potential to produce a damaging wind gust, torrential rainfall, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of our area in the marginal risk for severe storms for both today and tomorrow.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

Daily Forecast

Today – Saturday: Scattered showers and storms. Some storms could be strong to localized severe.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for showers and storms.

Monday – Wednesday: Partly cloudy and getting hotter. A slim chance for a mainly afternoon/evening shower or storm.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

The next few days are looking wet, but things are trending drier for next week.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 124 at Death Valley, California

Low: 34 at Harbison Meadow, Colorado

Tropics

The tropics are becoming hyperactive. We have a new tropical depression (#13) to watch closely. I have more on that below. We also have another serious area to watch just south of the Gulf of Mexico. That system will likely move northward and eventually become another named system. Both this system and #13 look to threaten the US coastline. Then, we have another active system moving off the coast of Africa. It is a long way from being any threat to anyone, but it will also have to be watched very closely, as it tracks across the Atlantic.

I should note that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are very warm and any system that gets in there will have no troubles when it comes to warm water supplies. With that being said, warm water is just part of the equation for a hurricane. The atmosphere has to cooperate, as well. That part of the puzzle is a bit more uncertain at this time.

Tropical Depression #13 looks like a serious threat to the US. It is too early to know what kind of impacts this system will have on the US, but that should become clearer in the coming days. I’ll keep you posted.

Today’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Unsettled weather in the Southeast will lead to storms and heavy rainfall for some. Meanwhile, a wildfire danger increases for northern Nevada and southern Idaho.

Tomorrow’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More unsettled weather for the Southeast, but widespread hazardous weather is not expected across any portion of the US.

Saturday’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Unsettled weather in the eastern US, but widespread hazardous weather is not expected.

Records

On this day in 1886 the town of Indianola, Texas, was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt. 

Long Range Outlook 

It’s looking a bit wetter and warmer as we go into the final days of August.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shot

Hurricane Genevieve, as seen from the International Space Station yesterday. This storm is located in the Pacific. What a view, right?

NASA Nerdology

“As NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaches the Moon on the Artemis III mission to put the first woman and next man on the lunar surface, the crew will get a glimpse through the spacecraft’s windows.

The first element machined for the Artemis III Orion crew module – a cone panel with openings for windows which will provide that spectacular view – was designed by Orion’s lead contractor, Lockheed Martin, and manufactured by AMRO Fabricating Corp., of South El Monte, California. The completed panel is on its way to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans, Louisiana, where engineers will weld it with other panels as part of Orion’s pressure vessel.”

You all have a great day!

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