Happy Friday the 13th!
When the Christmas Tree for the city of Cleveland, Ohio was unveiled this week, folks noticed that the tree looked a little bit, um, shall we say “roughed up”? The city has accepted this tree as the perfect tree for 2020. After the year we’ve had, I think we all feel like this Christmas tree looks, right? LOL
A strong cold front will bring wind and showers for Sunday
Turning cooler and drier next week
Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash
Daily Forecast Summary
Today: Mostly sunny and pleasant.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild. Winds increasing overnight.
Sunday: A chance of showers and very windy.
Monday: Morning frost. Mostly sunny and cooler.
Tuesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy and chilly. Frosty mornings.
Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern
Winds are expected to increase overnight Saturday, becoming downright gusty on Sunday. Secure any loose outdoor objects before nightfall Saturday. Winds may cause sporadic power outages across the plateau. Some gusts could exceed 30 mph.
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 1930s occurred. The dust storm, which had spread from Montana to the Ohio Valley the day before, prevailed from Georgia to Maine resulting in a black rain over New York and a brown snow in Vermont. Parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa reported zero visibility on the 12th. On the 13th, dust reduced the visibility to half a mile in Tennessee.
Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes
High: 93° at Rio Grande Village, Texas
Low: -18° at Copper Basin, Idaho
Eta has finally dropped below tropical storm status. That system broke the record for longest-lived November storm. The system in the Caribbean continues to slowly organize and should become Tropical Storm Iota before the day is through. That system is still expected to move into Central America and dissipate.
Update: Just as I was about to publish this blog, the National Hurricane Center released a statement saying the system in the Caribbean is now a tropical depression and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before hitting Central America. In fact, they forecast this storm to become a major hurricane within 72 hours. This could affect the same areas hit by Eta.
Today’s National Wx Hazards
Snowflakes are flying across the Northwest, as a strong winter storm moves in. Accumulating snowfall is likely across the mountains. I saw where one mountain peak in Washington is expecting five feet of snow! Elsewhere, more snowflakes are flying across parts of New England, though accumulations are confined to the highest mountains, for the most part.
Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards
Unsettled weather in the eastern US is the result of a cold front, while a winter storm continues to bring snowfall to the Rockies. A wildfire danger evolves on the Texas/New Mexico border.
8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 20-26)
Moisture increases throughout the middle of the country, as temperatures begin to show a changing pattern of cooling a bit in the north. That increase in moisture is likely the result of fronts that will be bringing that change about. This takes us into Thanksgiving (Nov 26) and the pattern continues to favor warm and dry weather for our region.
A few passing clouds this morning allowed for an impressive morning sky. I snapped this pic not long after sunrise. A beautiful start to a beautiful day.
During this week of November in 1980, Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Saturn. It discovered three moons and investigated the atmospheres of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan. Now, Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object in space! What a picture!