Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Mon, March 15

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Headlines 

Rain & storms for Today (should be non-severe)

Rain & storms Wed/Wed night could pack a punch

Turning cooler by the end of the week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers and storms, especially this afternoon and evening. Some of the rainfall could be heavy. Some of the storms could be strong, with gusty winds to 40 mph. Breezy.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy.

Wednesday: Showers and storms. Some of the storms could be severe later in the day.

Thursday: A chance for showers. Breezy.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance for showers. Cooler.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

While storms and heavy rainfall may occur throughout the day on Wednesday, the greatest risk for severe storms may hold off until the overnight hours. That’s one reason why my concern is a bit higher.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Wednesday is one of those weather days we dread in the spring. A severe weather outbreak is certainly in the cards for the Deep South. The bulk of the worst weather is expected from Arkansas to Alabama and all points in between. The storms will then progress eastward in the evening/overnight. While the punch will be weakening as they move our way, they could still be packing a punch. All modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes.

The best chance for the long-track, strong/violent tornadoes looks to be across Arkansas and West TN, Mississippi and Alabama. If you know anyone who is living or visiting there, let them know that Wednesday is a day they need to pay attention to the weather.

In fact, we ALL need to be weather aware Wednesday and Wednesday day. I’ll keep a close eye on things and keep you updated!

For severe storm safety info, please see my special Sunday afternoon post, if you haven’t already.

On This Day in Wx History

1973- And F-2 tornado strikes Taft (White County). A manufacturing plant is destroyed. The entire roof is ripped off and thrown to the ground, killing the night watchman. Several homes are moved from their foundations, and one is flattened. Two heavy trailers are overturned. There are $250,000 in damages, and 3 injuries.

Almanac

Solar/Lunar Data 

4 Days until Spring!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 88° at Cecil Field, Glen St. Mary, Salt Springs, Astor Park, Immokalee, & Pembroke, Florida ( a warm Sunday in Florida!)  

Low: -4° at Copper Basin, Idaho

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain and sleet will affect areas from southern Minnesota to central Indiana, along with southern Michigan. Dangerous travel is possible there today. Farther west, accumulating snowfall can be found across the Rockies.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms will threaten much of Oklahoma, stretching north into eastern Kansas. All modes of severe weather are possible. Flooding rainfall could also cause problems all across southern Kansas. Farther west, accumulating snowfall can be found across the Rockies and Front Range. Elsewhere, freezing rain may threaten much of Pennsylvania and southern New York state, with a band of accumulating snow just north of that freezing rain threat.

 Weather Shots

The NWS in Boulder, Colorado, found something interesting in their snow yesterday! They tweeted, “Check it out! We received a few comments that people saw a brownish layer in the snow and we were able to capture a picture of it here at the office. This is actually a layer of dust transported from Mexico! @NWSAlbuquerque pointed it out on satellite last night.” Wild stuff, indeed!

NASA Nerdology 

Yesterday was Pi Day (3.14) and NASA reminded us of how important pi is to them! Pi was used to land @NASAPersevere on Mars. From determining the parachute’s size to the area of its landing zone, pi made it possible to land Percy and other rovers on Mars, and to take cool pics like this one! Pretty cool!

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

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