Meteorologist Mark’s Easter Sunday Wx Blog for Apr 4

Headlines 

A beautiful Easter Sunday

Warming trend continues

Next rain chance comes Wednesday night

48-Hour WX

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Easter Sunday: Sunny and absolutely beautiful.

Monday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Wednesday: A few more clouds. Rain develops overnight.

Thursday: Rain and storms.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

The forecast is just looking absolutely awesome through Wednesday….well, that is if if you like sunny and warm and calm April days. (ha)

The pattern looks to change significantly by the end of the week. You’ll see signs of the coming change in the skies on Wednesday, as a few more clouds begin to roll in. I suspect it will become a bit breezy by Wednesday, as well. Rain showers should begin by Thursday morning.

As for severe storms, that is still a bit uncertain, though I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see at least some strong storms. The greater risk for severe weather is expected across Arkansas, well to our west. I’ll keep an eye on it for ya and let you know if anything more threatening appears in the outlooks.

Almanac for Yesterday

Solar/Lunar Data 

On This Day in Wx History

1983 – Colorado was in the midst of a three day winter storm. Buckhorn Mountain, located west of Fort Collins, received 64 inches of snow!

A Year Ago Today

77 Days until Summer!

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  103° at Ocotillo Wells, California

Low:   -1° at Mount Washington, New Hampshire  

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A beautiful Easter Sunday for much of the country, with no high-impact weather.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Some rain and storms are expected for the Upper Midwest, but those storms are expected to stay below severe limits.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

NASA Nerdology 

This week at NASA

BioSentinel CubeSat Prepares for Deep Space Flight

The first mission that will get us closer to landing on the Moon again (Artemis 1) will contain an experiment that will test deep-space radiation on living organisms. The mission will leave Artemis and keep trucking toward the sun. That then-separated mission, called BioSentinel, will contain yeast, a living organism. This will be the first long-duration biology experiment in deep-space and could help us better understand the radiation risks to humans during long-duration deep-space missions.

Spacecraft to be Destined for Asteroid Psyche

Targeted for launch in August 2022, the Psyche mission will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name, located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Studying the asteroid, which may be the core of an early planet, could provide valuable insight into how Earth and other planets formed.

Gatens Named Director of Space Station

NASA has named Robyn Gatens as director of the International Space Station for the agency. She was appointed to the position after serving as the acting space station director for about seven months. Gatens has 35 years of experience at NASA in both the space station program and in development and management of the life support systems for human spaceflight missions. We wish her all the very best!

Arctic Winter Sea Ice Ties 7th Lowest on Record

According to NASA-supported research, the 2021 Arctic wintertime sea ice extent reached on March 21 tied 2007 as the seventh-smallest extent of winter sea ice in the satellite record. This year’s maximum extent is 340,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average maximum. For perspective, that is equivalent to a missing area of ice larger than the states of Texas and Florida combined!

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