Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Wed., Feb. 24

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One more really nice day

A wet pattern begins Friday

Heavy rain possible over the weekend

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Increasing clouds and a bit breezy. Very mild!

Tonight: A slight chance for a shower.

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Cooler.

Friday: Scattered showers likely. Mild.

Saturday – Sunday: Rain likely. Some of the rainfall could be heavy.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Today’s trace rain amounts come after dark. Thursday’s chance comes before dawn.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

This is total rainfall for the next seven days. Guidance continues to indicate that some of this rainfall could be heavy. I’m expecting areawide totals in the 2-3 inch range, though some areas could pick up an inch or two more than that, depending on where the axis of heaviest rainfall sets up. I’ll keep an eye on this. Appreciable rainfall would begin Friday and end sometime Monday, as it looks right now.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

The heavy rain threat this weekend is the most interesting weather on my radar these days. Some of that rainfall could be heavy, though I’m starting to believe the heaviest rains will be off to our west. I’ll have to monitor that. Still, a solid 2-3 inches or rain is a safe bet for our area from this spring-like rain system.

The good news is that the severe weather threat looks to stay to our south and even that threat seems to be decreasing for the Deep South now. Hopefully, everyone can get through this storm system with just some good spring-like rainfall.

I continue to see some guidance bring rain showers in here early enough on Friday for them to mix with snow. I doubt that happens and even if it does, surface temps will stay above freezing, leading to zero accumulation. I’ll continue to watch this but I don’t anticipate any issues at all at this point, nor have I at any point thus far.

On This Day in Wx History

1967- Record lows for this date are set at both Nashville (10 degrees) and Crossville (2 degrees).

Almanac

23 Days until Spring!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 88° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -11° at Crested Butte, Colorado

Today’s National Wx Hazards

The most impactful weather today will be from accumulating snowfall for portions of the Upper Midwest, as well as across parts of the Rockies.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Rain and thunderstorms impact the Deep South, though those should stay below severe limits. That rain/snow mix you see in Tennessee is unlikely for most, not impactful for all. Accumulating snowfall can be found across the Great Lakes, as well as Colorado and the northern Rockies. Some of the snowfall in the northern Rockies could be very heavy.

 Weather Shots

Clear skies yesterday evening allowed me to snap this beautiful picture of the Waxing Gibbous Moon. I love it when you can see the Moon, but the sky is still blue. Very cool, indeed. Sunset was still about an hour away at this point. Unfortunately, clouds will likely obscure the view of the Full Moon coming in just a few days.

NASA Nerdology 

The Mars rover has recorded the first sounds heard on another planet! You can hear the Martian breeze in the recording below. Strap on your headphones and crank that volume up. I still get chills.

https://mars.nasa.gov/resources/25629/nasas-perseverance-rover-microphone-captures-sounds-from-mars/?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email#.YDZo_TB_y6Y.twitter

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