MM’s Fri WX Blog for Apr 23

Friday Funny

Weather Headlines

Showers possible today

Rain likely tonight and Saturday

Much warmer/sunnier weather on the way!

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a chance for showers. Rainfall amounts should stay under 1/4 inch.

Tonight: Showers likely. Rainfall amounts around 1/4 inch.

Saturday: Rain and thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts around one half inch.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and warm.

Monday & Tuesday: Sunny and even warmer.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

Showers and thunderstorms will overspread our area from tonight through Saturday. The risk for strong storms is expected to stay across southern Middle and East Tennessee. That threat has been trending northward with time but still does not appear to be a threat to either Cumberland or Fentress Counties. You folks to our south may have a bit higher threat for gusty winds and small hail. I’ll keep an eye on all of this and I’ll do a Friday evening update, if needed.

Warmer temps next week may combine with another end-of-the-week storm system to produce heavy rainfall and strong storms for our area next week. We have plenty of time to watch that and that’s just what I’ll be doing!

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

The last of the frosty nights came to an end last night! We’ll see frost again, mark my word! We still have Blackberry winter and probably a couple more winters beyond that. Don’t let those temps near 80 fool you again next week! (ha) Ma Nature is a trickster this time of year!

The warmer temps coming next week could spell some thunderstorm problems for us the end of next week. That’s too far off to nail down any specifics, but it is something to keep in mind.

Almanac for Yesterday

On This Day in Wx History

1988 – An intense winter-like storm brought thunderstorms to southern California, and produced snow in some of the higher elevations. Nine girls at Tustin CA were injured when lightning struck the tree under which their softball team had taken shelter from the rain.

58 Days until Summer

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  97° at Death Valley, California

Low:   -7° at both Peter Sinks, Utah and Climax, Colorado  

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

Skies will be cloudy today, ahead of our next storm system. That system will begin spreading showers across the state from the west today. It’s a milder April day from what we’ve seen over the past couple of days, with highs in the 60s for West and Middle Tennessee, and near 60 degrees for the plateau and much of East Tennessee.

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Tonight’s Tennessee’s Weather 

Showers are expected to overspread the state in the overnight hours. Any thunderstorms should be confined to the western end of the state. It will be a mild night. Overnight lows will only fall into the 50s for most, with lows in the mid to upper 40s for East Tennessee.

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Tomorrow’s Tennessee’s Weather 

The weekend is off to a wet start, with rain and thunderstorms likely across the state. Thankfully, severe weather is expected to stay south of Tennessee, though a few strong storms may be found near the Alabama and Georgia border. Small hail and gusty winds would be the main threats with those storms. Thunderstorms should end from west to east during the day, leaving behind scattered rain showers in their wake. These April showers will be warm ones, with highs in the 60s statewide.

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Today’s National Weather Map

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall will threaten the southern plains and Lower Mississippi River Valley today. To the west, drier air and gusty winds will fuel a wildfire danger across eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Accumulating snowfall can be found across much of Montana and Wyoming.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

NASA Nerdology 

Another huge first: converting CO2 into oxygen on Mars. Working off the land with what’s already here, the MOXIE instrument has shown it can be done! Future explorers will need to generate oxygen for rocket fuel and for breathing on the Red Planet.

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

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