Meteorologist Mark’s Wx for Thursday, Oct. 29

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Headlines 

One more wet day

Turning much cooler and drier by tomorrow

Widespread frost in the forecast

First hard freeze of the season coming Sunday and Monday nights

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Rain showers likely. Very breezy, with wind gusts to 20 mph.

Friday: Becoming partly cloudy. Cooler. Overnight frost likely.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and breezy. Turning cooler in the afternoon and evening. First hard freeze of the season overnight.

Monday – Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cool. Frosty mornings.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Widespread frost is likely overnight Friday.

The first hard freeze of the season is expected Sunday and Monday nights.

On This Day in Wx History

2011 – New York City received one inch of snow, the earliest they had received that much snow since records began. It was also only the fourth times since the Civil War snow had fallen in New York City in October. The storm also left over three million people without power, including 62% of the customers of Connecticut Light and Power.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 93° at Avon Park, Florida 

Low: -2° at Kremmling & Walden, Colorado

Tropical Outlook

Zeta remains a tropical storm this morning, with winds of 60 mph and higher gusts. The storm is near Asheville, North Carolina this morning. The storm will bring winds of over 70 mph to the higher elevations of the mountains today. A remarkable storm, indeed.

While Zeta races off to the northeast, we already have another area to monitor in the Caribbean in the coming days. That system would likely move into Central America and not be a threat to the US. If that becomes a named storm, it will be Eta and will make 2020 the most active season on record.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

The remnants of Zeta will continue to combine with a storm system to produce heavy rainfall across parts of the eastern US, Ohio Valley, and even back around southwest Missouri. Meanwhile, snowflakes are flying across the Northeast and snowflakes may accumulate across North Dakota and Minnesota today. Quiet the variety of weather for this November day!

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Finally, a quiet day with no widespread hazardous weather expected.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook

While much of the country looks to be warm and dry in this period of time (Nov 5 – 11), guidance is now suggesting a cooler and wetter pattern evolving for the Pacific Northwest and northern plains.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

This was the scene in New Orleans, as the eye of Hurricane Zeta passed over. The late evening sun made the sky glow orange-red. This photo was taken in the Garden District of New Orleans by Dylan Federico (@DylanFedericoWX).

NASA Nerdology 

It was during this week in October of 1969 that NASA announced that Boeing was awarded a contract to design and build the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Their motorized “Moon buggy” made it possible for the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 astronauts to extend the range of their lunar exploration activities! Also, I want one….

You all have a great day!

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