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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sat., Feb. 20


A nice weekend!

Next system comes in Sunday night (liquid)

A big warming trend begins Tuesday

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today & Tomorrow: Lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Sunday night: Rain develops, mainly after midnight.

Monday: Rain showers likely, mainly before noon.

Tuesday – Wednesday: Sunny and warmer.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

A trace or so of rain may move in just before midnight Sunday. The bulk of that rain will come after midnight Sunday. Other than that, the weekend is dry.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

As we remember the 2015 ice storm today, let’s keep our neighbors to the north and west close to our hearts, as they clean up from a recent ice storm.

The forecast is looking great today and tomorrow. Enjoy the sunshine. We’ve earned it!

Our Sunday night and Monday system has slowed down a bit. That will led to lingering showers on up until at least noon on Monday. That will be all liquid. That system is followed not by colder air, but milder air. We’ll enjoy temps near 50 on Tuesday and into the 50s on Wednesday.

Beyond the 5-day, which is murky forecasting territory this time of year, another system will be worth watching. It is expected to come Thursday night and Friday. I’ll have to watch that because there is a chance, albeit small, that it could bring some snow to our area. The track of the low will be key, because temps will be so marginal for snow. It is a Gulf low, so it’s something to watch. This would be a very “warm” snow and any change in the track of the low could easily give us rain. Also, it will have to come at night, because daytime temps would be too warm for snow. So, it’s a very borderline situation and I’d give it a 20% – 30% chance of giving us snow. I’ll watch it.

On This Day in Wx History

2015- A devastating ice storm brings up to 1″ of ice accumulation to the Cumberland Plateau. The weight of the ice, combining with wind gusts up to 50 mph, brought down over 700 power poles and hundreds of trees, knocking out power to all of Fentress County and most of Cumberland County for up to 1 month. It was considered the worst natural disaster in the history of Cumberland County.


*27* Days until Spring!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 90° at Titusville, Florida  

Low: -21° at International Falls, Minnesota

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Some snow flakes are still flying across the Northeast and parts of the Great Lakes region, though that snow is finally winding down from that big winter storm that brought so many of us snow this week. Freezing rain is the main threat today, falling across parts of the plains. More snow is piling up for the Rockies, as a very snowy winter continues for them.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

As cold air retreats and another system moves in, mixed precip will be found all across the Midwest and into the southern Appalachians. Farther north, it will be snow for the Upper Midwest and parts of the Northeast. Some more snow can be found across the Front Range of the Rockies, as well as in the Northwest.

 Weather Shots

This is a map of what snow cover looked like yesterday afternoon across the country. Have we entered another ice age? (ha) Notice how far south into Texas the snow and ice go! Incidentally, the folks in Texas have had it rough with this stuff. Many of those areas are the coldest and snowiest they have been in a generation! Even sea turtles had to be rescued from the cold on the beaches! What a disaster for that state.

NASA Nerdology 

The Apollo astronauts were just amazing people, that’s for sure. But did you know they were also great at photography? I wonder if they were trained for that, considering how important good pictures would be? I’ll have to check on that.

This is probably my favorite shot. I’m honestly not sure how I would feel about being that far from Earth. Can you imagine?

You all have a great day and keep lookin’ up!

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