Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sunday, Nov. 22

Headlines 

Showers developing today

An unsettled weather week ahead

Thanksgiving weather looking good

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers developing by afternoon, becoming likely by evening. Rainfall amounts under an inch expected.

Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with showers developing overnight.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy. Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Thanksgiving: Partly cloudy and mild.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Showers possible by afternoon.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Two chances for thunderstorms are found in this forecast period. The first comes Wednesday. Some of those storms could be on the strong side, but severe weather is not expected at this time.

Another chance for storms arrives on Saturday. Again, some of those storms could be strong. It is too early to know if any of those storms could reach severe thresholds. I’ll keep you posted.

On This Day in Wx History

1929- Five inches of snow fall at Nashville, the most ever measured on this date.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 89° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -32° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

The area of disturbed weather being monitored in the Atlantic now just has a 10% chance for development. Even so, anything that should develop will stay at sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain, sleet , and snow can be found across New England. A treacherous travel for travel for some of those folks is certain. Accumulating snowfall can be found across northern Indiana/southern Michigan, along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, across western Colorado, and in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, unsettled weather in the Southeast and southern plains will lead to showers but hazardous weather is not expected.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Lots of wintry weather can be found across the northern plains, stretching westward to the northern Rockies. More mixed wintry precip continues for parts of New England.

Sunday Story

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being at my grandma Baldwin’s house and hearing the jingle for Jeopardy come on the TV. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the challenge of the trivia involved with the game, especially when weather was a topic!

I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue meteorology, which meant that I was reading meteorology books when I was just a kid. What a thrill it was to challenge my weather knowledge when a category on Jeopardy would be about weather. What a thrill, indeed! 

Alex Trebek would read an answer. Trebek, “A category 4 hurricane hitting a wide and shallow continental shelf can produce this alliterative phrase.” I would shout at the TV, “What is storm surge?” That was an easy one.

That might be followed by Trebek reading, “Brazil’s highest peak is 9,800-foot Pico da Neblina, with Neblina being this weather condition that surrounds the summit.” “Dang, that one’s hard,” I would think. Another contestant might respond, “What is fog?” “How does anyone know that so quickly?”, I would wonder. 

How many times have you thought that while watching Jeopardy?

Psychologists tell us that trivia keeps the mind sharp. Engaging in activities that exercise the mind keeps us mentally engaged. 

Learning that Alex Trebek had passed away was the first time in my life that I truly felt the loss of someone I had never known in person. From watching the show with grandma as a kid, to making my schedule around the show in college, Alex was a part of my life. He practically felt like family.

This time the answer is, “The wittiest man in Heaven right now.” The question is, of course, “Who is Alex Trebek?” Rest easy, my dear friend.   

You all have a great day!

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