On August 18, 1994, STS-68 (Shuttle Endeavour) was scheduled to launch on an 11-day mission with the Space Radar Laboratory payload, but at just 1.9 seconds before lift-off, the launch was called off. Sensors had detected that a turbo pump was overheated. This was the fifth (and last) launch pad abort of the Shuttle Program. It was also the one that happened closest to the launch time.
The crew launched without a hitch six weeks later, on September 30, 1994.
Today is looking like a carbon copy of yesterday’s weather. Looks for lots of sunshine and a few passing clouds. By Friday, a storm system moves in and that will increase our rain and storm chances. Those elevated rain chances will be with us through the weekend and into at least the start of next week. As of now, Sunday is looking like the wettest of the next five days.
This Week’s Hazards
MM’s Wx Vlog
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Northeast wind at 5 mph.
Friday: Scattered showers and t-storms are likely. Southeast wind at 5 mph.
Saturday: Scattered showers and storms, especially in the afternoon. Southeast wind at 5 mph
Sunday & Monday: Scattered showers and t-storms are likely. Southwest wind at 5 mph.
On This Day
1925 – During the late morning hours a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of 2.5 million dollars damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work. It was one of the worst hailstorms of record for the nation.
1920 – A 22-year old representative, Harry T. Burn, is the deciding vote in Tennessee’s and thus America’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women’s suffrage after receiving a letter from his mother.
An area of low pressure is expected to develop in the southwestern Gulf over the coming weekend. That system could develop into a tropical depression or storm as it moves toward southern Texas. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring this closely.
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