Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sat., Jan 23

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Headlines 

A beautiful day!

Rains and strong storms possible for Monday

Chance for wintry wx Wednesday night, ending as flurries for Thursday

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny and very pleasant!

Sunday: Showers possible by afternoon. Mild. Rain becomes likely overnight.

Monday: Rain and storms. Heavy downpours are possible and some storms could be strong.

Tuesday: Mainly morning showers, otherwise partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds, with showers possible by evening. Rain may mix with snow overnight.

Thursday: A chance for snow flurries. Colder.

Friday: Mostly sunny.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

A potent storm system will pass through our region on Monday, bringing rainfall and our first thunderstorm chances for the new year. Some of those storms could be on the stronger side, though the risk for that seems to have decreased a bit today. That’s a good trend! Never the less, I’ll keep a close eye on the situation. With highs near 60 ahead of the cold front it’s worth watching.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

After a pleasant Saturday, weather conditions will quickly go downhill with the approach of our next storm system. I have noticed a trend in the guidance wanting to take the center of low pressure farther to our northwest. That would decrease our rain chances. It had looked like we would easily get 2-3 inches of rain, but now I’m leaning more toward 1-2 inches. That will become more clear with today’s data. The risk for a strong storm or two is still there, so I’ll be monitoring that, as well.

Then, the active pattern brings another system in by Wednesday evening. Temps could be just cold enough to support a rain/snow mix. If temps can cool just a degree or two more, we’ll be looking at another light, wet snow event. I’ll watch that closely.

Then, another system may move in by the weekend but it’s too far out for details, but it would likely be a rain maker and not a snow maker.

On This Day in Wx History

1963- The strongest cold front in mid state history brings heavy snow and an unprecedented drop in temperature. Nashville receives 6.2″ of snow. In addition, the high temperature reaches 48 degrees, but plummets to -13 degrees by midnight, for a range of 61 degrees. This is the greatest daily range of temperatures in Nashville’s history.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 85° at Zapata, Texas 

Low: -20° at Kabetogama, Minnesota

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain, rain, and snow threaten an area from the Kansas/Nebraska border eastward to southern Illinois. Travel will be very dicey there today! Farther north and west it’s all snow, stretching from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to the Great Lakes Region. More snow may fall from Lake Effect snow in Pennsylvania and New York, while high-elevation snow falls across northern New England.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

An active weather day! Severe storms threaten the Arklatex region (yellow-shaded region), while freezing rain wrecks havoc from Kansas to West Virginia. Snow accumulates across the Great Lakes Region, as well as across the Four Corners Region, stretching north to the Canadian border. A busty day, indeed!

 Weather Shots

I suggest we follow this Cardinal’s example this morning and soak in some sunshine today! This was taken in the backyard this morning. What a nice January day ahead!

NASA Nerdology 

It was during this week of January in 2003 that Pioneer 10 phoned home for the last time. It was 7.6 billion miles away from Earth. Traveling at the speed of light, Pioneer’s signal was very weak and took 11 hours to reach Earth. Can help but wonder where these end up……

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