Baldwin’s 9-11 Friday Wx Blog for Sept. 11

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*Out of respect for the anniversary of 9-11, there will be no Friday Funny today.

At a Glance

48-Hour Weather

Threats

Widespread hazardous weather is not expected over the next seven days.

Baldwin’s Severe Weather Concern

Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

Daily Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy, with just a slight chance for an afternoon/evening shower or storm. Most of us stay dry.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms become numerous by the afternoon and evening. Many of us should see rain.

Sunday: Scattered showers and storms throughout the day.

Monday: A chance for showers and storms, especially south of I-40.

Tuesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for a shower or storm, mainly in the afternoon/evening.

Baldwin’s Hay Day Forecast

Today is the last nice hay day for a few days. Showers and storms will increase Saturday afternoon and those will be with us through Sunday. By Monday, the rain chances shift southward a bit. Those of you north of I-40 may stay dry much of the day, those of you south of I-40 stand a much better chance for rain. By Tuesday, we should go back to just a chance for a mainly afternoon/evening shower or storm. As always, much of the extended forecast depends on the tropics this time of year. I’ll keep you posted.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 102 at Ashland, Oregon

Low: 11 at Daniel, Wyoming

Tropics

Things are active and I will post special blog posts as new information becomes available, such as a newly-named storm. The orange-shaded region in the Gulf is the nearest concern. That is not expected to become a hurricane, but it could certainly bring heavy rainfall to the northern Gulf Coast within the next few days. Paulette and Rene are expected to curve out to sea, though Paulette may give Bermuda some rough weather. The red-shaded region will likely become a named storm and we’ll have to track that one closely, as it may come perilously close to the US. There’s a LOT to watch and that’s just what I’ll be doing!

Today’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Unsettled weather continues for much of the US, but widespread hazardous weather is not expected. Notice the snowflakes still flying across parts of Colorado and Wyoming.

Tomorrow’s Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A quiet day, though we will be keeping an eye on those systems in the Gulf.

 On This Day

On Sept. 10, 2001, a cold front swept through the East Coast with rain and thunderstorms. Crystal clear, cool weather followed on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11.

“Temperatures at 9 a.m. that morning were 65 in New York and 70 in Washington, and warmed to 72 and 76, respectively, by 11 a.m. Winds were out of the northwest at 6 to 12 mph in both cities, which served to blow smoke and debris from the disaster in Lower Manhattan into Brooklyn,” senior digital meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.

Hurricane Erin was about 500 miles east, southeast of Manhattan. One can only forever wonder how different things might have been if Erin had been faster and threatened the Northeast that morning.

Long Range Outlook 

The 16th – 20th continues to trend wetter and a bit warm, but not too hot.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shot

The morning of September 11, 2001. What a beautiful morning.

NASA Nerdology

NASA flew nearly 6,000 4 x 6 inch flags on Endeavour’s flight during STS-108 to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Students working at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas assembled the commemorative packages, including the U.S. flags flown in space, to be presented to relatives of the victims. Distribution began on June 14, 2002, National Flag Day, at a ceremony held at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York.

“The ‘Flags for Heroes and Families’ campaign is a way for us to honor and show our support for the thousands of brave men and women who have selflessly contributed to the relief and recovery efforts,” said then-NASA Administrator Dan Goldin. “The American flags are a patriotic symbol of our strength and solidarity, and our Nation’s resolve to prevail.”

“NASA wanted to come up with an appropriate tribute to the people who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11,” added Goldin. “America’s space program has a long history of carrying items into space to commemorate historic events, acts of courage and dramatic achievements. ‘Flags for Heroes and Families’ is a natural extension of this ongoing outreach project.”

STS-108 astronauts Mark Kelly, left, and Dan Tani hold commemorative American flags the shuttle Endeavour in December 2001. The flags were later presented to victims’ relatives.

You all have a great day!

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