Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Dec. 30th

Headlines 

A windy Wednesday

A wet end to 2020 & a wet start to 2021 (1-2 inches of rain expected)

Unsettled weather through the weekend

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Increasing clouds and windy. Showers developing overnight.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered rain showers likely. Mild.

New Years Day: Rain likely. Windy. Very mild temperatures.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a slight chance for a shower, mainly in the afternoon/evening.

Sunday: Chance of showers. Cooler.

Monday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny & pleasant.

Threats

Strong winds are expected both today, ahead of our storm system, and Friday, behind the storm system. Wind gusts to 30+ mph are possible across the plateau each of those days.

The heavy rainfall threat continues to shift westward. While localized, minor flooding is still possible with heavier downpours, widespread problems are not expected. Rainfall amounts should stay in the 1-2 inch category. That’s still a good soaking rain but not one that causes major problems.

On This Day in Wx History

1955 – Anchorage, Alaska reported an all-time record snow depth of 47 inches.

Almanac

Data is finally starting to come back!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 88° at Zapata & Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -38° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Today’s National Wx Hazards

An active weather day! Flooding rains will threaten eastern Texas and western Arkansas. A narrow swath of freezing rain will extend from northern Texas to southern Indiana. A narrow swath of heavy snow can be found just north of that. Meanwhile, more freezing rain and snow threaten New England and the Great Lakes region, while another storm system moves into the Pacific Northwest with more mountain snows and valley rains.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain expands across the southern plains and Midwest. What a mess of a day for those folks! Farther south, flooding rainfall threatens the Arklatex region. Farther west, a storm system brings more snow to the Rockies.

 Weather Shots

As clouds stick with us through tomorrow, yesterday likely held the final sunset of 2020. It did not disappoint! I took this picture in the fields behind the house yesterday evening. It was probably the best sunset I have ever seen. I guess we can say 2020 finally did something right. (ha)

NASA Nerdology 

As I was taking sunset pictures, I looked behind me and saw that huge, nearly Full Moon, rising! It looked so big! A beautiful sunset in front of me and a beautiful moonrise behind me. It was awesome!

You all have a great day!

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