Meteorologist Mark’s Tuesday Wx Blog for Nov. 17

Headlines 

A breezy Tuesday

A dry & cool week for us

Next chance of rain comes Sunday night/Monday

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy & breezy, as a dry cold front moves through. Hard freeze tonight.

Wednesday: Morning frost, followed by sunny skies. Cool.

Thursday – Friday: Mostly sunny and warming up a bit each day. Frosty mornings.

The Weekend: Partly cloudy skies. Showers may move in as early as Sunday night. Mild.

Monday: A 50% chance for showers across the plateau. Mostly cloudy skies.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Winds today could gust to 20-25 mph. Secure any loose outdoor decorations, etc.

Severe thunderstorms are not expected for the next week to 10 days.

On This Day in Wx History

1927 – A tornado cut a 17-mile path across Alexandria and southeastern Washington, DC, injuring 31 persons. The tornado struck the Naval Air Station where a wind gust of 93 mph was recorded. A waterspout was seen over the Potomac River 90 minutes later.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 97° at Santee, California 

Low: at Cotton, Minnesota and Lakeview, Montana

Tropical Outlook

Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua last night as a powerful, high-end cat 4 hurricane. The storm continues to track westward today and will eventually dissipate in the mountainous areas. Catastrophic flooding is occurring and will continue through today and tonight. Yet another disturbance will likely develop in that region by the weekend (orange-shaded area). That system could become a tropical storm or hurricane and impact some of the same areas both Eta and Iota impacted. It should be noted that Iota made landfall in almost the exact same location as Eta. Just unbelievable.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Some snowflakes can be found in both the Northeast and Northwest. Notice the snowflakes as far south as northeast TN! Hazardous weather is not expected in the US today.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A winter storm moves into the Northwest, with mountain snowfall (some heavy!) and valley rains. Elsewhere, it’s a quiet Wednesday.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 24-30)

The week of Thanksgiving continues to look warm for nearly the entire country. The wettest region will be the Pacific Northwest, though some precip is trending for our region now.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

I captured this satellite image last night, just as Hurricane Iota was making landfall. A hurricane officially makes landfall when at least half the eye is on land.

NASA Nerdology 

There’s just nothing like the moment the hatch is opened and the newest astronauts come onboard! We wish them a very successful 6-month stay onboard the International Space Station. If you recall, the four astronauts launched from Kennedy Space Center Sunday night.

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