A warming trend underway
Warmer next week
Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash
Daily Forecast Summary
Today: A frosty start to the day, then mostly sunny and pleasant in the afternoon.
Sunday: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Pleasant.
Monday: Mostly sunny.
Tuesday – Thursday: Generally partly cloudy skies.
Friday: A chance for showers.
Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern
Hazardous weather is not expected over the next seven days.
On This Day in Wx History
1971 – Great balls of fire were observed just ahead of a tornado moving down the main street of Wray, Colorado. Interestingly, little other electrical activity accompanied the storm. Nine persons were injured in the tornado at a trailer park on the edge of town.
Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes
High: 106° at Palm Desert, California
Low: 7° at Daniel, Wyoming
NOTE: During the change of season months, you’ll notice an enormous spread in the nation’s high and low temperature extremes. Pretty interesting!
The red-shaded region will likely become Tropical Storm Epsilon in the coming days, perhaps by the end of this weekend. That storm will likely meander out in the ocean, before being kicked out to sea by a cold front. Another area of low pressure may develop in the Caribbean in the coming week. I’ll keep an eye on that.
Today’s National Wx Hazards
Lots of unsettled weather across the northern tier of the US, with lots of cold air and snowflakes flyin’!
Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards
Accumulating snowfall will be possible across the northern plains. This could be their first snow of the season!
8 – 14 Day Outlook
A cooling trend continues to show in the 8-14 day outlook. There does appear to be a pattern of more moisture in the east, drier in the west developing.
This is epic video of a roll cloud over Lake Michigan yesterday. How wild is this?! The video was shot by Ken Temple.
Roll clouds are associated with gust fronts or cold fronts. These clouds are relatively rare and appear to be rolling about a horizontal axis because of the shearing effects provided by the differing air masses.
This week was the anniversary of IRIS sending us info about the sun that we had never had before. In 2014, the IRIS spacecraft revealed that the sun’s atmosphere is more complicated than we thought, with tornado-like formations to high-speed jets of material. Our sun is a wild place, folks!