Meteorologist Mark’s Wx for Monday, Oct. 26

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Headlines 

A forecast fit for a cloud lover

Heavy rainfall/strong storms possible Wed-Thurs

Turning cooler by the weekend

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today – Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Mild. Perhaps a sprinkle or light shower.

Wednesday – Thursday: Rain and storms likely. Rainfall could be heavy at times and a few storms could be strong, especially Wednesday night. Breezy.

Friday: Partly cloudy. Cooler.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and cool.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Showers may develop overnight.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

A strong storm system will interact with the remnants of Zeta to bring us widespread showers and thunderstorms from Wednesday to Thursday. Some of the rainfall could be heavy and some of the storms could be strong. If Zeta tracks farther south of our area, the threat will decrease. Stay tuned. At this time, widespread severe weather is neither likely nor expected for the Upper Cumberlands.

On This Day in Wx History

1859 – New York City had their earliest substantial snow of record, as four inches blanketed the city. 

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 104° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -29° at Potomac, Montana

Tropical Outlook

It now looks like Zeta will move just south of our region. If that hold true, the heaviest rain will fall to our south and east, across Alabama, Georgia, and western North Carolina. This path could change, so stay tuned. This would also keep much of the severe weather south of our area. Zeta is expected to make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday as a category 1 hurricane.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Bitter cold air continues to sink southward into the southern plains. Moisture within that cold air is falling as freezing rain, sleet and snow over a very large area. This is quite unusual for October! With leaves still on the trees in many areas, freezing rain could be a very serious problem, as ice accumulates on those leaves. Farther west, dangerous wildfires will threaten California and southern Nevada.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

More freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected for the southern plains and even parts of Arizona and New Mexico! What an absolutely unusual wintry event this is! Meanwhile, California continues to deal with dangerous wildfires and Hurricane Zeta emerges into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook

The first week of November continues to look very dry and rather warm for a great deal of the US. At least it’s looking like November will be off to a quiet start!

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

I snapped this shot of the moon Sunday evening, just before sunset. Notice the shadows around the craters.

NASA Nerdology 

Thirteen years ago this month, the Space Shuttle Discovery launched on mission STS-120 to the International Space Station. Discovery was commanded by Pam Melroy (right), and the ISS was commanded by Peggy Whitson (left), making it the first time two female mission commanders were in space simultaneously!

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