MM’s Saturday Wx Blog for Apr 10

Headlines 

Showers & storms for Saturday (A couple severe storms possible)

Nice wx returns by Sunday

A cooling trend for next week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers and storms. Some storms could be strong this afternoon. Windy.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and breezy.

Monday: Partly cloudy and warm.

Tuesday – Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cooler.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

My confidence is high in that we’ll see a low-end threat for severe storms this afternoon. That threat is low, but not zero. There is a risk for a brief tornado spin-up, as well.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in the marginal risk for severe storms. This is the lowest of the five severe weather risk categories.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Showers and thundershowers are very benign across the state this morning. Let’s hope it stays that way!

As we go through the next several hours, we’ll watch for new storm development back to the west, around the Nashville area. As that activity moves east, it will encounter some warm and unstable air over the plateau. That could cause storms to briefly become strong to severe. There is a 2% risk for a quick spin-up tornado. That risk is very low, but not zero.

If we get any sun and warm things up even more, that would increase our storm threat.

The main severe weather action is well to our south today and that activity will likely rob our atmosphere of a lot of energy. That bodes well for us.

Once we get past today, the weather is looking much quieter and that quiet weather should last through much, if not all, of next week. Temps will cool by the end of the week and we may be looking at “Dogwood Winter” by this time next week.

Almanac for Yesterday

Solar/Lunar Data 

On This Day in Wx History

1994- One person is killed and 18 others injured when lightning strikes during an Ultimate Frisbee Match in Antioch in Davidson County.

2009- An EF-4 tornado carves a 23.25 mile long by 1/2 mile wide path across Rutherford County, passing through the northern sections of Murfreesboro. A total of 194 homes are destroyed and another 1547 damaged or affected across the county, with two people killed and 58 others injured. Nine other tornadoes touch down across Middle Tennessee.

A Year Ago Today

71 Days until Summer

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  110° at Falcon Lake, Texas

Low:   at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Severe storms are expected across parts of the Southeast today, with all modes of severe weather possible. A wildfire danger continues across western New Mexico, while accumulating snow falls across western Montana.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

It’s a rather quiet April day, with the exception of accumulating snowfall causing high impacts to travel across Montana and Wyoming.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

NASA Nerdology

A field of sand dunes occupies this frosty 3-mile diameter crater in the high-latitudes of the northern plains of Mars. Some dunes have separated from the main field and appear to be climbing up the crater slope along a gully-like form. How cool is it that we get to see images like this from another planet? The picture is so crisp and clear! I can almost feel the frosty air.

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

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