Baldwin’s Thursday Wx Blog for Sept. 3

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At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

Threats

Any storm today or tomorrow could contain a locally damaging wind gust, cloud-to-ground lightning, and torrential rainfall. Widespread severe weather is not expected.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

Daily Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and storms are likely, mainly this afternoon and evening. Some storms could be strong.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for a mainly PM shower or storm.

Saturday – Sunday: Partly cloudy and very pleasant! Get outside!

Monday – Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with just a chance for an afternoon/evening shower or t-shower.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Good rain chances today, along with a decent shot of rain Friday, mainly in the afternoons/evenings, will trivialize outdoor work these final two days of the week. However, a cold front coming tomorrow will usher in a pattern change that will bring cooler and drier air that will feature much lower rain chances and more pleasant conditions. Models are trending drier with the start of next week. That’s a good thing!

Almanac

Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 116 at Death Valley, California

Low: 23 at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropics

The tropics remain very active, but no storm is any immediate threat to the US. Omar is now a weakened depression, moving out to sea. Nana became a hurricane just before moving inland in Central America. Now, we have three other areas to watch in the eastern Atlantic. The one shaded in red will likely become our next named storm. It had looked like it would curve out to sea. Now, we’re not so sure. I’ll track it in the coming days and keep you posted!

Today’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe thunderstorms threaten the Mid-Atlantic with all modes of severe weather today. In fact, the Washington DC is the bullseye of a rather significant tornado threat. West Virginia faces more of a flash flood threat today, as does areas of central Texas.

Tomorrow’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A quieter day.

Saturday’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Other than heavy rainfall threatening eastern Iowa, the nation is rather quiet, thanks to the passage of that cold front you see in the South bringing a more stable air mass.

On This Day

On this day in 1961 Denver, Colorado, received 4.2 inches of snow, their earliest snowfall of record.

Long Range Outlook 

A cool, wet, unsettled and fall-like pattern continues to evolve toward the middle of September. This is for the 8th though the 12th.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shot

Check out this beautiful shot of Mt. Rainier in Washington State yesterday afternoon. Makes me wish I were on that trail in the lower left corner of the screen…..

NASA Nerdology

NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission landed on the Red Planet on July 4, 1997. It’s tiny rover, named Sojourner, spent 83 days of a planned seven-day mission exploring the Martian terrain, acquiring images, and taking chemical, atmospheric and other measurements. When the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination, no NASA mission had successfully reached Mars in more than 20 years. The final data transmission received from Pathfinder was on September 27, 1997. 

The image below shows the Twin Peaks, which are modest-size hills to the southwest of the Mars Pathfinder landing site. They were discovered on the first panoramas taken by the IMP camera on the July 4, and subsequently identified in Viking Orbiter images taken more than 20 years before. The peaks are approximately 100 feet tall (30-35 meters). North Twin is approximately 2800 feet from the lander, and South Twin is about 3300 feet away.

The Twin Peaks are cool and all, but Mt. Rainier is still prettier (ha).

You all have a great day!

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