Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Fri., March 12

Friday Funny

Headlines 

Rain showers return

Mild weather continues

Unsettled into next week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: A good chance for showers. Mild.

Saturday: A chance for showers, otherwise mostly cloudy skies.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy.

Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Tuesday: A chance for showers.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

On This Day in Wx History

1855- A “terrible tornado,” accompanied by hail and rain, strikes downtown Nashville, unroofing the State Capitol and causing $10,000 in damage to the building. The First Presbyterian Church and other buildings are also damaged.

Almanac

Solar/Lunar Data 

7 Days until Spring!

I took this picture yesterday morning. I think we were all ready for spring!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 94° at Zapata, Texas 

Low: -15° at both Copper Basin & Stanley, Idaho

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding threaten an area from northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas to western Kentucky. Farther west, severe storms threaten the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma. accumulating snowfall is expected in the Rockies. A wildfire danger exist across much of New Mexico today.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Flooding rains threaten much of Kansas and southern Nebraska, while severe storms threaten western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, stretching south across western Texas. Very heavy snowfall threatens the Rockies and Front Range, where several feet of snow may fall in some mountain locations. A wildfire danger continues for portions of eastern New Mexico and western Texas.

 Weather Shots

This picture, taken by Evan Fisher (@EFisherWX), shows a good example of virga. See that blurry looking cloud in the middle of the screen? I have an arrow pointing to it. That is rain that is falling toward the ground but evaporates before it reaches the ground. That is called virga. Sometimes the air here at the surface is too dry for it to rain, so the rain (or snow) evaporates before reaching the ground. If there’s lightning with the precip, we call that “dry lightning.” That is how wildfires get started from thunderstorms.

NASA Nerdology 

in 2009, a nearly full Moon set as the space shuttle Discovery sat atop Launch pad 39A at @NASAKennedy in Cape Canaveral, Florida. How beautiful is that shot?

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