Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Nov. 18th

I would like to wish my Grandma Baldwin a happy 87th birthday today!

Headlines 

A stretch of sunny days

Gradually warming each day

Next chance of rain comes Sunday night/Monday morning

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today – Friday: Mostly sunny and cool. Frosty mornings.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer.

Sunday: Clouds increase ahead of our next storm system. Showers develop overnight.

Monday: Mainly morning showers. Cooler.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies, with a slight chance for showers after noon.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Severe thunderstorms are not expected for the next seven days.

On This Day in Wx History

1957 – A tornado, 100 yards in width, travelled a nearly straight-as-an-arrow 27-mile path from Rosa to Albertville, Alabama, killing three persons. A home in the Susan Moore community in Blount County was picked up and dropped 500 feet away, killing one person. 

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 94° at Sabino Canyon, Arizona 

Low: -5° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

There’s some good news with the tropics this morning! Iota has now degenerated into a depression and should continue to weaken today. You notice two other areas to monitor now, which is bad, but neither region have more than a 20% of developing, which is good. The disturbance in the Caribbean had a 40% chance of developing but that has now been reduced to 20%.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A winter storm is bringing valley rains and mountain snows to much of the northern Rockies. Freezing rain will be the main threat for northeastern Montana. More snow will fall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, as well. Elsewhere, the weather is rather quiet.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

An extensive area of freezing rain will affect the Canadian border regions of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. Otherwise, snowflakes continue to fly for the northern Rockies, though significant accumulations are not anticipated.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 25-Dec 1)

Much of the country continues to look generally warm and dry in this time period.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

How would you like these driving conditions this morning? This is the scene in Plumas County, California. This is dust from a dust storm this morning. Burn scars in nearby mountains are dry and dusty. As winds blow from those regions today, the dust gets carried in the winds, making for a driving nightmare on area roadways.

NASA Nerdology 

50 years ago today, Soviet robotic lander Luna 17 spacecraft settled on the surface of the Moon, delivering Lunokhod 1, the first successful robotic lunar rover. Lunokhod rovers were about 7 feet long and 5 feet tall

Special Note

My dad is having surgery this week in Knoxville for complications that have developed with his foot. He has been hospitalized since Monday night. It’s looking like dad may lose much, if not all, of his foot. This all stems from complications from type 1 diabetes, which dad has battled for more than 30 years. Please keep us close to your heart and, if you pray, send up some precious words for all of us and dad. This is made all the more difficult by limited visitation because of covid. It’s a tough time, to say the least.

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