Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Thurs., Mar 18

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Headlines 

Rain shower today (w/ small hail?)

A cool Friday

A beautiful weekend coming

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers likely. Some heavier showers could contain small hail (there’s lots of cold air aloft)

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Cooler.

The Weekend: Mostly sunny and nice.

Monday: Mostly sunny and warm.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

The severe storms of yesterday are pushing eastward and now folks on the other side of the Appalachians are at risk today. Let’s hope they fare as well as Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama did yesterday. Yes, there’s lots of damage across parts of the Deep South from yesterday’s storms, but many of us were certain those storms would take at least one life. Thus far, I’ve heard of no fatalities! That is certainly a wonderful testament to the fine job the NWS did yesterday in those areas.

Looking at the latest guidance, it’s hard to find any good chances for severe weather within the next seven days or so. Let’s hope that stays true.

On This Day in Wx History

1925- An F-4 tornado rips a 60-mile path from near Buck Lodge (8 miles north of Gallatin) to Barren County, Kentucky. Homes are swept away in many communities, including in Keytown, Angle, Oak Grove, and Liberty. As many as 8 people die in one home. Trees are blown down in steep valleys as well as on hilltops. At least 29 people are killed in Sumner County, with one woman dying from her injuries one month after the tornado. Crossing into Kentucky, the tornado strikes Holland, killing 4, and Beaumont, killing 8 more. Over 150 homes are damaged or destroyed. There are a total of 41 fatalities, and 95 injuries. This is the 3rd deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee.

Almanac

Solar/Lunar Data 

1 Day until Spring!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 95° at Harlingen, McAllen, Zapata, Pharr, & Falcon Lake, Texas 

Low: -9° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms will threaten an area from the Ohio Valley to the Carolinas, and down to northern Florida. All modes of severe weather are possible.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

With no high-impact weather expected, it’s finally a quiet day.

Thursday Drought Monitor

Each Thursday, the updated drought map for the week is released to the public. You’ll notice they continue to highlight Cumberland County as abnormally dry and we are the only place on this side of the state that they do that to. This map was made before yesterday and last night’s rainfall, so we may see this change a bit for next week’s update.

NASA Nerdology 

Perseverance carried a helicopter with it to Mars, and the helicopter team has zeroed in on a good place for takeoff! The first flight is expected no earlier than the 1st week of April. How cool is that? This will be the first helicopter ever flown on another planetary body.

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

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