Baldwin’s Wx-Aware Friday Wx Blog for Aug 28

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

Threats

Storms later today and tonight could be severe, with the possibility for an isolated tornado, though that risk is quite low. Heavy downpours of rain are possible. Winds will be gusting to 35 mph, which may cause some sporadic power outages on the plateau.

A front will move through Saturday, which could lead to more strong to severe storms. Damaging winds would be the main threat.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the plateau in the marginal risk for severe storms for both tonight and tomorrow. They, like me, have lowered their concern now. Yesterday, we were in the slight risk for severe storms. Now, we’ve been downgraded to marginal.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

Daily Forecast

Today: Rain and storms developing, especially by evening. Winds increase through the day, gusting to 35 mph overnight. Some storms could be severe. Heavy rainfall is also possible.

Saturday: Rain and storms. Breezy. Some storms could be severe. Heavy downpours possible.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a chance for an afternoon/evening shower or storm.

Monday – Tuesday: Scattered showers and storms.

Wednesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy, with mainly afternoon/evening shower and storm chances.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Today and tomorrow are looking like wetter days. The weekend will end on a much drier note, though I still can’t completely rule out a shower or storm, especially in the afternoon/evening. Monday looks very wet but Tuesday and Wednesday should be back to featuring mainly afternoon/evening type showers/storms. The end of the week is trending drier, as of now.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 119 at Brawley, California

Low: 29 at both Mount Washington, New Hampshire & Choteau, Montana

Tropics

As the tropical depression that was Laura moves across the eastern US today, we already turn our attention to two additional waves that could become named storms over the next five days. The next named storm will be Nana. I’ll track them as they move across the Atlantic!

Today’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

It is a very unsettled day in the eastern US. Rain and storms with the remnants of Laura will overspread the Midsouth, while more rain and storms affect the Midwest with a frontal boundary.

Tomorrow’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

More unsettled weather can be found across the Carolinas and Virginias with “Laura”, while more storms develop with a system across the southern plains.

Sunday’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Heavy rainfall threatens a small part of the northern plains. Another area of rainfall can be found across the Lower Mississippi River, right where Laura produced so much rainfall. Severe storms may threaten the central plains. An active time for August!

Records

On this day in 1959 Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin bailed out of his plane at a height of 46,000 feet into a violent thunderstorm. Miraculously, he lived to write about the 45 minute journey (which normally would have been a thirteen minute descent). He described it as one of the most bizarre and painful experiences imaginable. #myhero (ha)

Long Range Outlook 

Cooler and wetter may be the overrule rule for the first week of September.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shot

Storms in the Northeast yesterday yielded some impressive pictures. This photo is from Don in Westbrook, Connecticut of a shelf cloud.

NASA Nerdology

Fewer drivers on the road may be complaining about uncomfortable seats, thanks to NASA!

When astronauts were aboard the first space station, NASA studied the posture their bodies naturally assumed in microgravity. The initial research and follow-on studies helped design everything from International Space Station work areas to the Orion spacecraft interior to comfortable new car seats in vehicles on Earth. Nissan Motor Company turned to the NASA research as a starting point for developing a new driver’s seat. Like an astronaut, the driver of a car needs to be safe and comfortable to operate the vehicle efficiently for extended periods. After years of research throughout the early 2000s and positive results, the car manufacturer debuted the seat derived from NASA standards in the 2013 Altima. Today, the design is in various Nissan models.

You all have a great day!

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