Mark your calendars for July 27 at 4:00! That will be the next Meteorologist Mark science class for kids! The topic this month will be flooding. Registration is required and that sign-up sheet can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV5IY9mADWj0XfnXO1YYJKjOP5QLjurGJKUTZI3vUZMRr5Jw/viewform. The class is sponsored by TCAT. Come ready to get your hands dirty! 🙂
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A Hot & Humid Sunday
Best Chance of Rain Comes Monday
Turning Hot and Humid Again Next Week
Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for showers & storms.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.
Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday – Thursday: Hot & humid!
Friday – Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.
Hay Weather Forecast
The rain chances for Friday and Saturday could increase. I’ll keep an eye on that.
Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns
Almanac for Yesterday
A well-defined area of low pressure is now about 160 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida and drifting westward toward Florida. The system could become a tropical depression later today or Monday. The low pressure is expected to then drift across Florida, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds. It is possible the system could organize further in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ll keep an eye on it! If, at any point, the system develops into a tropical storm, it would be named Fred.
Sun & Moon
Planting by the Moon
25th – 27th Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for vine crops.
28th – 29th A barren period.
30th – 31st Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
1st Good day for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
2nd – 3rd Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
4th – 6th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.
On This Day in Wx History
1986 – Tremendous hailstones pounded parts of South Dakota. The hail damaged crops, buildings, and vehicles. Hail piled up to two feet deep at Black Hawk and northern Rapid City. Hail an inch and a quarter in diameter fell for 85 minutes near Miller and Huron, piling up to depths of two feet!
Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes
High: 115° at Stovepipe Wells, California
Low: 25° at Peter Sinks, Utah
A River of Air
Those of us who observe the weather for any length of time know that most of the weather for the plateau comes from the west. That’s the case for the rest of the country, as well.
That means we can track storms that develop across West and Middle Tennessee and then see what they do when they hit the plateau. Sometimes they break apart, sometimes they move around us, and sometimes they just come barreling right on through.
Something else we can track these days is smoke. Smoke from the enormous wildfires across the western US this summer is, like the weather, making its way eastward. That smoke will give us hazy skies in the afternoons and evenings.
Thankfully, the smoke has risen high enough into the atmosphere to not affect our ability to breathe. The smoke is in the higher levels of the atmosphere and is of no threat to us down here at the surface.
One of the benefits of the hazy atmosphere is stunning sunsets. The bright orange and red hues can provide the most beautiful of sunsets.
The eastward movement of both storms and smoke in our atmosphere reminds us that so much of the world is connected. Not only do the winds of the atmosphere blow west to east here in the US, but across much of the northern hemisphere.
That means that pollution in China can make its way to the US. That’s why we need to be concerned about not only our pollution standards, but standards across the northern hemisphere. Consequently, the pollution of the US will eventually travel to Europe.
Our atmosphere acts as a river, flowing along in the sky above us. Let’s just hope that whatever is in that stream is something beneficial and not detrimental.
The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.
This photo was taken yesterday by Lori Grace Bailey (@lorigraceaz) in Arizona. In the distance, thunderstorms are kicking up a dust storm. She later commented that they watched as the dust dropped into a 1,000 feet canyon!
This panoramic photo was taken in July of 1976 by Viking 1 after it landed on the surface of Mars. The sun is high in the sky on the left side of the photo, with the horizon line about 2 miles away from where Viking is positioned.