Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Fri., Jan 8

Friday Funny

Headlines 

Flurries linger today

A chilly but dry weekend

Another snow chance possible Monday

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Flurries linger, especially the first half of the day. Otherwise, mostly cloudy.

Saturday – Sunday: Partly cloudy skies. Chilly.

Monday: A chance for snow. Monitoring.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy.

Wednesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Thoughts (New!)

The system for Monday is already causing headaches. Yesterday, it looked like guidance was coming together enough to raise confidence in forecasting a decent snow for Monday. That’s no longer true. At one point this morning, I had my confidence at “medium” for 1-2 inches. I’m just not confident enough to go with that just yet. I’ve seen too many of these systems track too far south to give us any moisture. I’ll keep a close eye on things. With this being a Gulf low, it certainly bears watching.

Wx Threats for the Next 7 Days

Guidance continues to indicate that an area of low pressure will develop in the Gulf by the end of this weekend. That low will track eastward. The track of that low will determine how much, if any, snow we get. Models are not consistent with this system and therefore confidence is low at this point. I’ll keep you posted!

Meteorologist Mark’s Snow Scale

On This Day in Wx History

1886- A winter storm system ushers in one of the worst cold outbreaks in mid state history. A strong cold front brings 3.7″ of snow to Nashville, and drops the temperature from a high of 35 degrees to -8 the following morning. For the next 3 days, the temperature does not rise above 8 degrees, and the low temperature drops to 0 or below for five consecutive mornings, falling to -9 degrees on the morning of January 11.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 81° at Everglades City, Florida 

Low: -10° at Gunnison, Colorado & at Peter Sinks, Utah

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Heavy snow fall in the southern Appalachians today, especially across western North Carolina. More snow can be found across northern plains, as well as the northern Rockies. Northern New England should see some snow, as well.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Another winter storm develops on the plains. That storm will bring accumulating snowfall from Texas to southern Montana.

 Weather Shots

Yay for snow!!! I measured 1.5 inches of snow this morning. I love the wetter snows. They’re always so pretty.

NASA Nerdology 

The United States has enacted its first legislation that requires American companies and other entities working with NASA on new missions to the moon to avoid disturbing the U.S. hardware that was left there 50 years ago. The “One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act” became law on Thursday (Dec. 31).

“The success of Apollo is one of America’s proudest moments and it serves today as an enduring source of inspiration and hope. It’s critically important that our historic landing sites continue to remind the world what motivated human beings can do,” Dr. Buzz Aldrin.

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