Meteorologist Mark Weather for Monday (10-19-20)

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Headlines 

A mild week ahead

Showers by Friday

Watching the tropics

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Breezy, partly cloudy, and warm.

Tuesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy and very warm. Perhaps more clouds by Thursday.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. Cooler.

Saturday: A chance for showers, otherwise mostly cloudy and cooler.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

No hazardous weather is expected over the next 7 days.

On This Day in Wx History

1961 – Rain changed to a record early-season, heavy wet snow over the southern mountains of West Virginia. Leaves were still on trees, resulting in the worst forest disaster since the fires of 1952 and 1953. One to two feet of snow fell near Summersville and Richwood. 

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 105° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: at Neihart, Montana

Tropical Outlook

Tropical Depression 27 developed this morning out in the Atlantic. The depression will likely become Tropical Storm Epsilon sometime today. Bermuda looks to be in the path of this system, as it evolves into a hurricane in the coming days. How in the world does that little bitty island chain end up in the path of so many storms? So strange…

An area of low pressure could develop in the Caribbean by the middle to end of this week. That will have to be monitored closely, in case it slips into the southern Gulf by the weekend.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain and snow threaten parts of the northern plains today, while unsettled weather accompanies a front that is becoming stationary across the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River Valleys.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Colder air dominates the northern plains, with accumulating snowfall possible across much of North Dakota. Lots of unsettled weather accompanies a stationary front in the eastern US.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook

A national cooling trend seems to dominate the 8 – 14 day outlook. Drier weather prevails, as well, with the exception of the Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

The National Weather Service (NWS) Portland shared this picture of Oregon’s Mt. Hood yesterday to “lift people’s spirits.” I’d say it did the trick! The picture was taken by a NWS employee on October 1st.

NASA Nerdology 

On October 20th, the OSIRIS-REx mission will make its first attempt to collect and retrieve a sample of asteroid Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid. On sample collection day, Bennu will be over 200 million miles away from Earth.  Asteroids are believed to contain the answers to secrets for how the universe was formed. The craft will extend an arm and blow up dust and small stones, as seen below, and then collect them for a return flight to Earth. This method has never been attempted before and it is crucial that the craft land in the right spot, or risk being damaged or destroyed by nearby boulders. We wish this mission much success and hope it can give us even more answers to our beginnings!

You all have a great day!

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