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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sat., Nov. 14


Strong winds expected tonight and Sunday

A cool, dry week ahead

Tracking Tropical Storm Iota in the Caribbean

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly cloudy and mild. Becoming breezy by evening. Winds increase overnight.

Sunday: Scattered showers, especially the first part of the day. Windy.

Monday: Mostly sunny and cool. Frost in the morning.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. Frost develops overnight.

Wednesday – Thursday: Mostly sunny and mild.

Friday: Mostly sunny and warmer.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern


Winds will be picking up this evening and become quite gusty overnight and into Sunday. Secure loose objects and stay out from under trees that might have loose branches. Sporadic power outages are possible across the plateau.

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

On This Day in Wx History

1986 – An early season cold wave set more than 200 records from the northwestern U.S. to the East Coast over a seven-day period. For some places, it proved to be the coldest weather of the entire winter season!


Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 92° at McAllen, Weslaco, & Pharr, Texas 

Low: -23° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

Iota remains a low-end tropical storm morning, but that will quickly change over the weekend. Rapid and explosive development is likely and Iota could become a major hurricane before the weekend is over! The storm could become the most powerful November hurricane on record for the Gulf/Atlantic basins. The good news is that the system will stay well away from the US. The bad news is that the storm will absolutely devastate areas already devastated from Hurricane Eta, which hit less than two weeks ago. Let’s keep those folks very near to our hearts.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe t-storms are possible today across northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. All modes of severe weather are possible, including a few tornadoes. A wildfire danger quickly evolves today across the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and northward into eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Gusty winds ahead of a cold front will led to very dangerous fire conditions. Meanwhile, a winter storm drops snow on the Rockies and northern plains.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

The quieter of the two weekend days, Sunday will feature some snowflakes flying across the Northwest and Northeast, with accumulating snowfall in the higher mountains of those two regions. Elsewhere, a strong cold front charges east of the Mississippi River, but severe storms are not expected with that front on Sunday.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 21-27)

The northern US is gradually trending cooler in these extended outlooks, while the southern half of the US continues to look very warm. Moisture increasing through the middle of the country is indicative of a more unsettled pattern evolving in this timeframe.



Weather Shots

This hurricane season has been historic and this image shows just how historic it has been! This is a compilation of images of every single named storm this season….all 30 of them! Thanks to Keith Gibson (WeatherManKG) for compiling this and sharing with us! Just wow… Oh yeah, the season doesn’t end until November 30th….if Ma Nature obeys the calendar.

NASA Nerdology 

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are seen illuminated by spotlights at Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The launch of the Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station is now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6:27 p.m. CT. I’ll have more on this in Sunday morning’s blog update, and I’ll have much more on this in a special blog post Sunday afternoon. What an exciting time!

You all have a great day!

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