Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Monday, Nov. 16

Headlines 

A windy Tuesday coming

A dry, cool start to the week

A warming trend for the second half of the week

Tracking a historic Hurricane Iota in the Caribbean

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and windy, as another cold front blows through. Cold overnight lows will lead to widespread freezing conditions.

Wednesday – Saturday: Mostly sunny. Temps gradually warming each day. Frost likely each morning.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and mild.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Another windy day is on tap for our Tuesday. Secure any loose outdoor objects, decorations, etc. Winds could gust to 20 mph or more.

Thunderstorms are not expected for the next 7 days.

On This Day in Wx History

1955- A strong cold front produced a 44-degree temperature drop at Crossville, from a daytime high of 69 degrees to 25 degrees. A 43-degree drop occurs at Nashville, as the temperature falls to 30 degrees by midnight, following a daytime high of 73 degrees.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 92° at Pala, California 

Low: -4° at Berthoud Pass, Colorado

Tropical Outlook

Hurricane Iota is a very powerful hurricane this morning. In fact, it is just shy of cat 5 status. Hurricane Hunters had an awful night flying through the storm. They encountered intense lightning and intense hail, two things that are quite rare in hurricanes, unless they are unusually powerful. It is very rare to encounter any hail in these storms, but to encounter intense hail is almost unheard of, especially as far south as this storm is. Normally, that air is far too hot and humid to support any hail growth in this region of the world. That is a testament to just how powerful and deep those updrafts are.

This is just horrific for the folks in the path of this thing. A humanitarian crisis is certain to evolve across Nicaragua and Honduras. Pleas keep these folks close to your hearts. If you pray….pray. Iota is expected to make landfall tonight. What a nightmare….to be experiencing that kind of force in the middle of darkness. To make matters even worse, this same region is still trying to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Eta from a couple of weeks ago. That storm was a cat 4 at landfall in Nicaragua.

This is the first time we have had two major hurricanes in the Atlantic basin in November, since we’ve been keeping records.

Another area of low pressure may develop in the Caribbean by the weekend. That could develop into yet another storm that could impact Central America. Let’s hope and pray that doesn’t happen, for the sake of the folks who are having a horrific end to the 2020 hurricane season down there.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

It’s a quiet day across much of the country. There are some snowflakes flying across parts of the Northwest and Upper Midwest, as well as in the Northwest, but significant hazardous weather is not expected today in the US.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Another rather tranquil day. Notice those snow flurries creeping southward toward the southern Appalachian Mountains.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 23-29)

The week of Thanksgiving is looking very warm for much of the country. For the most part, it’s also looking dry for many of us, with the exception of the Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest. Normal highs for the Cumberland Plateau this time of year are in the upper 50s, with lows in the upper 30s. According to this outlook, we could be a bit above both those temp ranges during this period. If you plan to travel, this is the kind of outlook you want!

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

NASA launched four astronauts from Cape Canaveral yesterday, but did you know there was another rocket launch Friday? This one was to put a new spy satellite in space. The timing of the launch near sunset created a breathtaking scene when the rocket launched. This is just one of the many pictures taken of that beautiful launch. How gorgeous is that?! (Photo by @AGPfoto)

NASA Nerdology 

Just in case you missed yesterday’s flawless, beautiful launch I have it right here! Also, you may just want to watch it again….and again…and again. This launch took four astronauts to the International Space Station. They will arrive later today.

You all have a great day!

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