Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Thursday, Nov. 12

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Headlines 

Clearing skies today, with frost tonight

Gusty winds coming Saturday night & Sunday with strong cold front

Cooler weather for the start of next week

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Skies gradually clear. Frost develops under clear skies tonight.

Friday: Mostly sunny & pleasant.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild. Winds picking up overnight.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a good chance of showers. Very gusty winds, as a strong cold front passes through.

Monday: Mostly sunny and cooler. Morning frost.

Tuesday – Wednesday: Frosty mornings, then partly cloudy and cool.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

A cold frontal passage will bring gusty winds and perhaps a rumble of thunder to the plateau on Sunday. Winds may become quite gusty during the day. Make sure you have secured any loose outside objects. I would discourage hiking or any outdoor activities that might put you in harm’s way of a fallen tree branch. Sporadic power outages may be possible.

Severe storms are not expected over the next 7-10 days.

On This Day in Wx History

1933- The first dust storm of the great dust bowl era of the 1930’s occurs. The dust storm, which spread eastward, reduces the visibility to ½ mile in Tennessee.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 91° at Falcon Lake, Texas 

Low: -7° at Gothic, Colorado

Tropical Outlook

Tropical Storm Eta is making its way across northern Florida this morning. The storm came ashore last night with a rather high storm surge. Some locations hadn’t seen storm surge like that in many years. Eta has proven that tropical storms are not to be dismissed, just because it’s “just a tropical storm.”

This map shows the forecast wind speeds and coverage of Tropical Storm Eta over the next several days, as the system moves northeast.

Theta continues to move toward Europe, while our disturbance in the Caribbean begins to demand our attention. That system will become Tropical Storm Iota within the next 24-48 hours. At this time, that system is expected to impact Central America and then dissipate.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Heavy rainfall continues to threaten the Carolinas today. This will only aggravate the flooding that is taking place there this morning. Farther south, Tropical Storm Eta is making the trek across northern Florida, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Meanwhile, snowflakes are flying across the Great Lakes Region, as well as back over the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A winter storm gathers strength across the Northwest. Significant snowfall is likely across higher elevations. Unsettled weather can be found in the middle of the country, as well as across the East Coast and New England, but widespread hazardous weather is not expected.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 19-25)

The pattern in the extended outlook continues to look quite warm for much of the country. At least we’re finally seeing some moisture show up for parts of the central plains and Midwest. Some dry weather is nice this time of year, but we certainly don’t want it to get too dry.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

This is video this morning from Hiddenite, North Carolina. As much as eight inches of rain has fallen there in just the past 24 hours, with more rainfall on the way. The rainfall is from a cold front passing through, while an area of low pressure develops in the area. WBTV’s Kristi O’Connor reports that, “Mooresville Fire tells me at least 23 people have been rescued from flood waters at HiddenNite Family Campground in Hiddenite. They have 5 boat crews on the water searching for more people. Some patients are being treated by EMS, I’m not sure of their conditions.” What a dire situation. Let’s hope and pray all these folks are alright after being treated.

NASA Nerdology 

NASA tweeted this gorgeous picture of an American flag on the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday in honor of Veteran’s Day. What a cool picture of our precious flag! They also tweeted, “Honoring all veterans today on Veteran’s Day and every day. Many have served and serve across the globe, including in orbit on the ISS to support human spaceflight and exploration. We thank them for their service to our country, past and present, and their families.” We echo the sentiment, NASA, today and every day.

You all have a great day!

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