A Warm & Very Windy Wednesday
MM’s Wx Vlog
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Wednesday: Mostly sunny & warmer. Windy.
Thursday: Rain & thunderstorms. Some of the rainfall could be heavy and some of the storms could be strong. Strong southerly winds could gust to 45 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny & colder.
Saturday – Sunday: Mostly sunny & warmer.
Monday: Chance showers.
MM’s Severe Wx Concerns
Our area has been placed in the slight risk for severe storms by the Storm Prediction Center.
MM’s Winter Wx Concerns
On This Day in Wx History
1987 – A winter storm produced snow and ice in the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Region. Snowfall totals in Virginia ranged up to 14 inches around Farmville, while Granville, North Carolina reported eight inches of sleet and ice. Freezing rain in eastern North Carolina caused extensive damage to power lines. Gales lashed the coast of Virginia and North Carolina.
31 Days Until Spring
Almanac for Yesterday
The next MM kids class will be Thursday, February 17th at 4:30 at TCAT. Class is FREE. (Note: Class is full but there is a waiting list.) This hour-long class focuses on staying safe in high winds. With severe weather season upon us, it’s a good time to think about how to stay safe when bad storms threaten. We’ll review our severe weather safety tips and then the kids will construct a home they feel can stand up to Mother Nature’s worst. We’ll then put those homes to the test and discuss why certain ideas worked and why other ideas may fail. Come ready to learn and ready to build! All materials are supplied by MM.
Registration can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdA2XF2d9eVl6g-Ufil7vYMsXi14GQi1GuE7tKY2Iwjijv_Kg/viewform
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I’m currently raising money for tablets for my kids classes at TCAT. I have applied for a grant that will likely put me $1,000 closer to the goal! I will officially announce that grant in the coming weeks. I am now less than $400 from the goal! A HUGE thank you to all who have given and to all who subscribe to my newsletter! Those funds make these classes possible!
The centerpiece of this week’s newsletter features a story about why some folks think February 14th is the real Groundhog day! It’s quite fascinating and my grandfather was actually one who believed this. Find out why in this week’s newsletter!
Weekly newsletter subscription proceeds go toward supporting my education outreach, primarily including the monthly class for kids that I teach at TCAT. Try a free sample at https://meteorologistmarkpro.com/ and go to the “Free Sample” link. Subs are only $5 per month or discounted at $50 a year. Each week’s newsletter primarily focuses on the weather of the plateau. Find out why subscribers are raving on their new weather newsletters!
Keep in mind there is a monthly newsletter for kids for FREE at https://meteorologistmarkpro.com/newsletter-for-kids/! Starting this month, there will be two newsletters for the kids each month, with one being issued at the beginning of the month and the other in the middle. One newsletter is focused on space and the other on weather.
The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is each Tuesday at 7 a.m. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. This week’s latest map is seen below.
On Tuesday, the plateau had a deficit in rainfall for the first time this year. That has already changed and after today we won’t worry about rainfall deficits again for a very long time.
For much more drought info, please follow my link to https://meteorologistmark.com/drought-info/.
Saving our Hardwoods
To learn more about the fight to save the hardwoods from being deforested on Catoosa, please see https://meteorologistmark.com/save-the-hardwoods/. Legislation is being considered that would prevent TWRA from directly profiting from the timber cutting, which would likely discourage them from further deforesting. Please help us fight to save our hardwoods for present and future generations.
A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 pm at the Community Complex. Marvin Bullock from the White County Chamber of Commerce will share his experience with fighting the cutting on the Bridgestone-Firestone Wilderness area of White County and offer advice on what we can do to fight clear cutting on Catoosa. Representatives from the TWRA have also been invited.
Keep in mind that Creative is ready to help with low-housing needs as best we can. We can help you secure a mortgage and we can help with home repairs. We even have assistance available to help with utility bills and/or rent. Please see our website for more info at https://ccihomes.org/ and to check out our new newsletter. Let me know if you have any questions!