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Meteorologist Mark’s Thurs Wx Blog for Mar 25

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Headlines 

Severe storms likely this evening. Greatest risk from 3:00 pm – Midnight.

Flooding rainfall possible

Very gusty southerly winds today

Strong to severe storms possible Saturday

Special Notes

  1. Have multiple ways to get warnings today (app, wx radio, tv, radio, have a friend/family member call/text, etc.) A good app is the Red Cross Tornado App. Channel 6 in Knoxville (WATE Weather) has a good one too.
  2. Have your helmets ready to strap on
  3. Cushion yourself from flying debris (pillows, mattresses, cushions, etc)
  4. Abandon mobile homes. There is NO safe place in a mobile home. It MUST be abandoned. You are literally safer in a ditch. Find better shelter when a warning is issued.
  5. Treat severe thunderstorm warnings as if they were tornado warnings. These storms will be moving at up to 70 mph. There will be little to no time to take cover if a severe storm suddenly produces a tornado.
  6. Straight-line winds today could exceed 70 mph. Take ALL warnings very seriously.
  7. Get to the lowest level of your house, away from windows, with as many walls as you can place between you and the outside.
  8. Even in a basement, you need to be under a sturdy table with helmets on.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

Five-Day Forecast

Severe storms are likely today. Severe storms are possible Saturday.

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Rain and storms. Some of the storms will be severe. Rainfall could be heavy. Windy.

Friday: Mostly sunny.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be severe.

Sunday: Chance showers, possibly a thunderstorm.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Cooler.

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

This is the first time I have used the “very high” category.

A chance for strong to severe storms will come again Saturday, with damaging winds and large hail being the main threats with those storms.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Our morning rain will give way to a break in the precip by this afternoon. We could even see the sun peak out. It’s certainly a weather-aware day. It is still possible that morning/afternoon rain could stabilize our atmosphere a bit, but I wouldn’t count on that. Our atmosphere will rapidly become unstable today, with that instability unleashing itself in the form of severe storms this evening. Our greatest threat may hold off until later this evening, but it’s safer to be weather aware throughout the afternoon and evening hours.

I’ll be watching it all throughout the day.

On This Day in Wx History

1934 – A spring storm produced 21 inches of snow at Amarillo, Texas in 24 hours. However, much of the snow melted as it fell, and as a result, the snow cover was never any deeper than 4.5 inches.

Almanac

Solar/Lunar Data 

87 Days until Summer!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  98° at Zapata, Texas

Low:   -15° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Today’s National Wx Hazards

An outbreak of strong to severe storms is likely across the Southeast today, with a tornado outbreak appearing imminent. Farther north, freezing rain threatens southern Wisconsin and parts of Michigan, while snow flakes fly across the Rockies.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A quiet day, with little to no high-impact weather.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday. This is the latest map.

Our area remains highlighted in the abnormally dry category.

NASA Nerdology

During this week in 2015, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed a marathon (26.219 miles) after 11 years and two months on Mars! The rover’s team planned a marathon-length relay run at the lab the week after to celebrate. It’s taken me a while to run a marathon but never has it taken me 11 years! I feel so much faster now! ha!

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