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MM’s Sun WX Blog for Apr 18

Weather Headlines

Mild Through Tuesday

Turning Sharply Colder by Wednesday

Widespread Frost Likely Wednesday & Thursday Nights

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny, with clouds increasing later in the day.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a 30% chance for showers.

Monday & Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warm. Pleasant. Showers develop Tuesday night.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and colder. Frost likely overnight.

Thursday: Sunny. Continued chilly. More frost overnight.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

Well, the good news is that this cooler pattern prevents any severe weather threats. Many of you will welcome that news. The bad news is that you’ll be scrambling to protect the plants Wednesday and Thursday nights. Widespread frost is likely each of those nights. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some upper 20s by Thursday morning.

I will say that I can’t find any signs of severe weather through the end of April. That’s true for us and much of the country. This cool pattern is keeping a lot of folks safe the rest of this month.

Almanac for Yesterday

On This Day in Wx History

1906 – A severe earthquake shook San Francisco, followed by unusual easterly winds that spread fires that destroyed much of the city. Most structures in cities were build of wood in those days. This is known as the Great San Francisco earthquake.

63 Days until Summer

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  93° at both Boca Rotan and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Low:   at Dubois, Wyoming 

Today’s Statewide Weather (New!)

Parts of Middle and West Tennessee will see a few clouds today. The only precip will be in the form of some thunderstorms around the Nashville to Dyersburg area. Some of those storms could contain hail. The most abundant sunshine can be found across East Tennessee. It’s a warm spring day, with highs in the 60s across the state. Folks in southeast Tennessee may even flirt with the 70-degree mark.

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Today’s National Weather Map

The most impactful weather today will be heavy snow across the mountains of Montana and northern Wyoming.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

NASA Nerdology 

She’s gonna fly! NASA has stated that, “The test flight will see the helicopter, which weighs in at around four pounds, attempt to fly about 9 feet high, remain in one place for around 30 seconds and then return to the surface of Mars.”

Keep in mind that the Wright Brothers’ first flight only lasted 12 seconds, as they rose to a height of 120 feet. A piece of their plane is on this mini chopper. (I’m not sure why this isn’t called a drone? lol)

This will be the first flight of an aircraft on another planet in which we take off and land on the planetary body. The Moon missions landed on the Moon and then took off but they never took off from and then landed again on the Moon.

We wish Ingenuity all the very best and we hope the chopper enjoys the historic flight!

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

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