Meteorologist Mark’s Wed Wx Blog for Mar 24

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A decent Wednesday in store for us

Severe storms threaten Thursday afternoon and evening

Unsettled weather continues through the weekend

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Thursday will be a “weather aware” day for strong to severe thunderstorms.

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Mild.

Thursday: A weather aware day! Rain and storms. Some of the storms could be severe and rainfall could be heavy.

Friday: Mostly sunny. Pleasant.

Saturday: Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday: Chance of showers.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Much of Thursday’s threat will come in the afternoon and into the early evening hours.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Much of tomorrow’s severe threat will come in the afternoon and evening hours, with the greatest risk being from straight-line winds. Finish all chores/errands in the morning. There will be a lot of wind energy in the atmosphere and storms will be moving quickly (up to 55 mph). That will make the situation a bit more dangerous, as there will be little time for warnings on storms that quickly become severe. While the severe threat is much higher to our west and south, it just takes ONE bad storm to make for a bad day. Does it matter to you if all of Alabama has a dozen tornadoes and Tennessee just has one….but that one hits your street? It just takes one.

Hopefully, morning rain will stabilize our atmosphere and keep us safer. Never the less, the atmosphere will be more volatile this time around than it was with last week’s threat. Please plan your day around this storm threat. I have cancelled everything I had planned for tomorrow to watch and track the storms for you.

At this time, I’m thinking there could be an area of heavy rain and storms, followed a few hours later by a severe storm threat (including possible tornados), followed by another round of heavy rain behind that. This would take place through the afternoon and end before midnight. My thinking on this could change, so stay tuned. I’ll become more specific with timing, as well.

I’ll have a special update this evening at 7:00.

On This Day in Wx History

1921- An F-3 tornado (described as “twin tornadoes”) moves across eastern Maury County and Marshall County before lifting in northwest Bedford County, traveling 18 miles. Four people are killed about 10 miles north of Lewisburg, as five homes are destroyed at Rich Creek.

Almanac

Solar/Lunar Data 

88 Days until Summer!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 96° at Falcon Lake, Texas

Low: -3° at Antero Reservoir, Colorado

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe storms will threaten portions of the southern plains and Lower Mississippi River Valley, while flooding once again threatens the New Orleans area and points eastward to the Mississippi coastline. Much farther to the north, freezing rain threatens the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, while heavy snow threatens parts of New Mexico. More accumulating snow will fall across different parts of the Rockies.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A severe weather outbreak is expected across the South, extending northward to the Ohio Valley. All modes of severe weather are likely, including the potential for strong and long-track tornadoes. Flooding will also be a concern across north Mississippi, north Alabama and central and eastern Tennessee. Farther north, freezing rain threatens Wisconsin and Michigan, while more snow falls across the Rockies (a heck of a skiing season!).

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday. Hopefully, this week’s rain will make a dent in the dryness across our area. We are currently 3.23″ below normal on rainfall for this year.

NASA Nerdology 

There was a reason the ladies who worked under Helen Ling would proudly say, “We’re Helen’s Girls!” Today, we honor Helen Ling (pictured on the right). As supervisor at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Helen created a supportive environment for the women she hired. She encouraged them to further their education & would rehire women who left to have children

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

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