Meteorologist Mark’s Wx for Wednesday, Oct. 28

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Headlines 

A wet Wednesday ahead

2-3 inches of rain area-wide, w/ isolated higher amounts possible

Rain tapers off on Thursday

A drier & much cooler weekend ahead

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Rain and thunder. Rain may be heavy at times. That continues overnight.

Thursday: Rain gradually tapers off through the day. Breezy.

Friday: Partly cloudy and much cooler. Overnight frost likely.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler. Overnight frost likely.

Monday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny and quite cool. Widespread frost likely each morning.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Widespread severe weather is not expected. However, one or two storms could be on the strong side, perhaps even briefly severe. Otherwise, heavy rainfall is the primary threat, though flooding should not become a widespread concern. Localized flooding could be an issue in heavier downpours.

On This Day in Wx History

1957–A cold wave brings record low temperatures to the mid state. Nashville observes a reading of 28 degrees, while Crossville drops to 20 degrees!

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 93° at Naples, Florida 

Low: -28° at Walden, Colorado

Tropical Outlook

Tropical Storm Zeta has strengthened back into a hurricane and is headed toward the northern Gulf Coast. New Orleans has had several near misses this season, but this looks to be a direct hit for the Crescent City. The hurricane will make landfall tonight. The storm will then race northeastward and throw heavy rain across the Southeast, including across the plateau. At this time, Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall with 100 mph winds, which is stronger than originally expected. It is also possible Zeta could be even stronger than that. I’ll keep a close watch on that.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Heavy rainfall will spread inland today ahead of Hurricane Zeta. That rainfall is shown in the red-shaded areas. Severe thunderstorms are expected along the southeastern coast of Louisiana, as well as along the Florida Panhandle. Farther west, snow and ice continue to threaten portions of the southern plains once again today.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Heavy rainfall with the remnants of Zeta will spread north and east (red-shaded areas). Meanwhile, colder air will cause snowflakes to fly across the Northeast and portions of North Dakota and Minnesota.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook

Warmer and drier air continues to dominate the 8-14 day outlook for much of the country. This is for November 4 – 10.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

Parts of Oklahoma have been devastated by an October ice storm. These are pictures from Oklahoma University’s campus yesterday. Pictures are by Brayden (@BraydenSiau).

I hate it for those folks but I’m so grateful it’s staying far away from Tennessee. I love me some snow but the ice can stay away! I have a cousin (Justin Cagle) from here in TN who is out there helping restore power. I’m sure those Oklahomans are glad to see that power crew!

NASA Nerdology 

The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has been studying the Sun since 1995, from its deep core to the solar wind. In 2006, SOHO captured this image as the Sun showed off several small prominences—clouds of cooler gas suspended above the solar surface. That’s a picture that should warm ya up on a chilly winter day! (ha)

You all have a great day!

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