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MM’s Fri Wx Blog for Apr 9

Friday Funny


I’ll do a special blog post update later this evening to update you all on the storm potential for tonight and Saturday. The severe storm risk is low but it’s not zero.


Chance of storms today (strong?)

Rain & storms for Saturday (some strong?)

Nice wx returns by Sunday

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly cloudy, with a chance for an afternoon shower or storm. Any storm that develops could be strong.

Saturday: Rain and storms. Some storms could be strong.

Sunday – Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny. Pleasant.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

The Storm Prediction Center does not have the plateau in any severe weather risk today, but that threat is just off to our southwest (southern Middle TN). With our heat and instability today, any storm that does develop could contain hail and gusty winds.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in the marginal risk for severe storms on Saturday. This risk does include a 2% chance for a tornado. I’ll keep an eye on this and will let you know if our threat increases.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Today’s severe weather threat is even lower than yesterday’s, but if any storm can develop it could pack a punch. There’s just nothing to kick of storms today like we had yesterday.

Moving into Saturday, we have another situation were the severe threat is really low but it’s not zero. And, once again, we are included in the 2% risk for a tornado. That’s often not enough of a risk for a tornado watch, but it’s enough that we could see another isolated spin-up. There are indications that much of this threat will peak in the very early hours of Saturday. I’ll keep an eye on that.

After Saturday, the weather turns nice again for several more days.

Almanac for Yesterday

Solar/Lunar Data 

On This Day in Wx History

1947 – A tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma, during the late evening killing 95 persons and causing six million dollars damage. The tornado, one to two miles in width, and traveling at a speed of 68 mph, killed a total of 167 persons along its remarkable 221-mile path from Texas into Kansas, injured 980 others, and caused nearly ten million dollars damage.

This is a very famous tornado and one that is still discussed in meteorology classrooms today. The day of this event the weather had been cloudy, foggy, and a bit cool. All that changed in the late evening and overnight hours. (Kinda sounds familiar, right?)

A Year Ago Today

72 Days until Summer

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  105° at Falcon Lake, Texas

Low:   at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms will likely wreck havoc across the Lower Mississippi River Valley region today. That threat extends eastward overnight to include much of the Deep South. All modes of severe weather are possible, including tornadoes. Farther west, a wildfire danger can be found across western Texas and much of New Mexico. Farther north, accumulating snow can be found across southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, and the northernmost region of Colorado.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall continue to threaten the Deep South, while snow accumulates across western Montana northern Idaho and eastern Washington and Oregon.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

NASA Nerdology 

NASA takes us to Paris in this Nerdology moment! In 2015, astronauts aboard the ISS captured this photograph of the “City of Light” at around midnight. Look at ALL that light! The prominent black spaces are the city’s parks. Can you spot the Seine River?

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

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