Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Tues., Dec. 8

Headlines 

Gradual clearing today (stubborn clouds!)

Warming trend begins tomorrow

Rain arrives late Friday/Saturday

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Gradual clearing. Hopefully, these stubborn clouds will scoot out of here today!

Wednesday – Thursday: Lots of sunshine! Warmer. Get outside if you can.

Friday: Partly cloudy and mild. Rain could develop overnight.

Saturday: Showers likely. Mild.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy. The day looks dry for now.

Monday: Sunny and cool.

Threats

Hazardous weather is not expected across our region over the next seven days. Both the “snow scale” and “level of severe weather concern” graphics will return when needed.

On This Day in Wx History

1963 – Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner in Elkton, Maryland, killing 81 persons.

Thankfully, airplanes today are well-suited to take a lighting strike, making crashes like this one extremely rare. 

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 83° at Death Valley, California 

Low: -27° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A few snowflakes are flying across the southern and central Appalachians today but the most serious hazardous weather is the hot and dry conditions causing wildfires across southern California.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A big storm system moves into the Pacific Northwest, bringing a variety of precip. The dangerous wildfire threat continues across southern California.

 Weather Shots

This is one of the more interesting maps I’ve seen lately. This shows the maximum probability for tornadoes issued this year by the Storm Prediction Center. Notice that our area had a maximum probability of 5% issued at some point in the year. That was not during the Cookeville and Rinnie tornadoes in March. That night, we had a 0% probability (Nashville had a 2%). So, this map doesn’t tell the whole story but it tells a good bit of it. Notice how quiet it was across the plains this year. They always get at least a day or two of 30% probabilities for tornadoes. Not this year. Very unusual, indeed.

NASA Nerdology 

During a 7-hour, 21-minute space walk on this day in 1998, astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman connected the first two modules of the International Space Station! That crew snapped this photo of the fledgling station later in the mission.

Speaking of which…if skies clear out in time, we have a really nice flyover coming this evening at 5:34. It will appear in the northwest sky and set in the southeast sky, rising to 81 degrees above our heads! I’ll send out a reminder if skies cooperate.

You all have a great day!

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