Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Thurs., Nov. 19

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Headlines 

Southerly breezes today begin a warming trend

Rain chances return Sunday night

Next week looking mild and a bit unsettled

ISS Flyover this evening at 6:04 pm (See NASA Nerdology section for info)

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny and breezy.

Friday: Sunny and warmer.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild.

Sunday: Increasing clouds. Showers develop overnight.

Monday: Mainly morning showers.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance Showers overnight.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mild.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

A strong storm system could move in on Wednesday and bring some thunderstorms to our region. There are indications that some of these storms could be on the strong side. I’ll keep an eye on it and keep you posted as we get closer to that time. For now, the severe threat looks low. I’ll let you know if that changes.

On This Day in Wx History

1981 – An unusually early-season snowstorm struck the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with as much as a foot of snow reported. In downtown Minneapolis, the weight of the heavy snow caused the newly-inflated fabric dome of the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome to collapse and rip.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 93° at Tucson & Sabino Canyon, Arizona 

Low: -4° at Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Tropical Outlook

There are a couple of areas to monitor over the coming days, but the chance for development is very low. Still, that area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean could bring more rainfall to areas already hit hard by flooding from Eta and Iota.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain threatens the US-Canada border region of the northern plains and Upper Midwest, while snowflakes fall across the northern Rockies. Elsewhere, the weather is quiet.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A few patches of unsettled weather can be found across the US, but the overall pattern is quiet. Hazardous weather is not expected.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (N0v 26- Dec 2)

This time period is looking quiet, with warm and dry weather prevailing for much of the country. If this long-range forecast verifies, December will be off to a very benign beginning.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

Perfect weather led to a beautiful sunset rocket launch last Friday from Kennedy Space Center. This was the launch of a spy satellite. How cool are the colors of that smoke trail?

NASA Nerdology 

First of all, the International Space Station will fly across our skies this evening at 6:19. It will be visible for two minutes, as it rises in the west-southwest sky, rising to 61 degrees, and then finally setting in the north. I’ll have a special blog post later this evening with some really cool details about this. Thankfully, skies should be perfect for viewing!

It was during this week of November in 1969 that Apollo 12, the second crewed lunar landing of the Apollo program, launched from Kennedy Space Center. The photo on the right is a view from astronaut Alan Bean’s window, where you can see the American flag and footprints in the lunar dust. What a cool picture!

You all have a great day!

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