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Video At a Glance
Today: Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Overnight lows will drop to around 40 degrees.
Friday: Continued mostly sunny, with highs around 60 deg. Overnight lows will drop into the mid to upper 30s.
Saturday: Patchy morning frost in coldest locations. Otherwise, mostly sunny and quite nice. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows overnight should drop to around 40 deg. Look for me at the Hiking Festival in Fairfield Glade from 10-2:00! Just look for the Meteorologist Mark table.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with clouds increasing by afternoon. A slim chance for a shower or sprinkle during the afternoon and overnight. Highs in the mid 60s, with lows in the mid 40s.
Monday: A very slim chance for a morning shower or sprinkle. Otherwise, mostly sunny with highs around 60. Overnight lows drop to around 40.
Tuesday – Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with highs around 70 and lows in the mid to upper 40s.
The coldest spots of the Cumberland Plateau region could see some patchy frost by dawn Friday morning. That should be very isolated and confined to the coldest spots of the region. By Saturday morning, patchy frost could be a bit more widespread, especially in open and unsheltered, typically colder, areas.
Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern
A cooler, more stable air mass will prevent thunderstorms for the next 7 days.
Hay Wx Forecast
This is one of the finest Fall hay weather forecasts we’ve seen in some time! There is a slight chance for a shower or sprinkle Sunday afternoon and into the night, but that does not look impressive at all. Cool, damp nights that could slow the drying out of the hay, but hopefully those afternoons will be warm and dry enough to counteract that. Enjoy wrapping up that Fall hay harvest, farmers!
On This Day in Wx History
It was a wild day for weather on this day in 1987! A blast of cold arctic air hit the north central US. A storm associated with that front sparked an afternoon thunderstorm that slickened the streets of Duluth, Minnesota with hail and snow. Later in the afternoon, strong northerly winds reached 70 mph! Meanwhile, unseasonably warm weather continued in the Pacific northwest, where afternoon highs topped out at 90 degrees at Olympia, Washington, 92 degrees at Portland Oregon, and 89 degrees at Seattle. All three were records for the month of October for those locations. For Seattle, it marked the 21st daily record high for the year, a record total in itself.
It was hot this time last year!
Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes
High: 113° at Brawley, California
Low: 14° at Grand Lake, Colorado
We are now monitoring the Caribbean for the possible development of two different systems over the coming days. The first, shaded in red, now has a 70% chance of developing into a storm. Where it goes from there is uncertain, but that system could end up in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The other system, shaded in yellow, could develop in the same general area early next week. This is a common development zone for October tropical systems.
Today’s National Wx Hazards
A bit of unsettled weather for the northeastern portions of our country, but widespread hazardous weather is not expected anywhere in the country.
Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards
A rather quiet day across our country.
8 – 14 Day Outlook
A warm and dry pattern dominates the country from the 8th – 14th. The wettest weather is expected across southern Florida and again across the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures could be well above normal across the northern plains. This could be the last real taste of summer heat for those folks.
As many of you know, I have been sharing Fall pictures of foliage in this section lately. This is a gem from the camera lens of James Montanus (@JamesMontanus). James says he took this photo in the Adirondacks “well off the beaten path.” He goes on to say, “I’ve seen this Chapel before, but never quite like this. How would you like to take a walk down this aisle?” There’s nothing like a scene off the beaten path, seen in a different light.
NASA Nerd Knowledge
Astronauts have been able to vote from space since 1997, when a bill was passed allowing them to do so. The current crew of the International Space Station plans to exercise that right, but it’s a little complicated (as all things “space” are! ha).
Like many forms of absentee voting, it all begins with a Federal Postcard Application to show the intent to vote absentee. Astronaut training is carried out in Houston, so most astronauts vote as Texas residents. A test ballot is sent to the astronauts to ensure the process is successful.
After a successful test, a secure electronic ballot generated by the Clerk’s office of Harris County (Houston) and surrounding counties in Texas, is uplinked by Johnson’s Mission Control Center to the voting crew member. An e-mail with crew member-specific credentials is sent from the County Clerk to the astronaut. These credentials allow the crew member to access the secure ballot.
The astronaut will then cast their vote, and the secure, completed ballot is downlinked and delivered back to the County Clerk’s Office by e-mail to be officially recorded. The clerk has their own password to ensure they are the only one who can open the ballot. It’s a quick process, and the astronaut must be sure to submit it by 7 p.m. local time on Election Day if voting as a Texas resident.