Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Mon., Nov. 23

Headlines 

A strong storm or two possible Wednesday

Gusty winds develop Tuesday night and into Wednesday

An unsettled weekend could lead to more strong storm chances

Thanksgiving weather continues to look nice

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly cloudy and cool.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Becoming windy overnight.

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. A few storms could be strong.

Thanksgiving: Partly cloudy and mild.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Mild.

The Weekend: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible each day.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

The latest data shows our atmosphere becoming a bit more unstable on Wednesday than it looked like it would be with yesterday’s data. Therefore, the threat has increased a bit. Still, we remain on the “very low” end of the threat scale. I’ll let you know if that changes!

Another system bears watching this weekend (more info below).

Threats

A strong storm system will bring the chance for thunderstorms to our region on Wednesday. A few of those storms could be on the stronger side. I’ll keep an eye on it. Right now, widespread severe weather is not expected.

By this weekend, another powerful storm system will approach from the west. That system could also have some stronger storms associated with it. I’ll monitor that situation as we go through this week.

On This Day in Wx History

2004 – An outbreak of severe thunderstorms produced reports of 54 tornadoes across portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. In Texas’s Hardin county, one person was killed and three were injured when a tornado struck during the afternoon. 

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 89° at Pharr, Texas & Sabino Canyon, Arizona  

Low: -33° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

An area of disturbed weather continues to be monitored in the Atlantic. The good news is that it is moving out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Accumulating snowfall can be found across New York State, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in a stretch of real estate from southern Indiana to southern Wisconsin, and across the northern Rockies and stretching eastward to Denver. Freezing rain could cause problems in northern Maine. Elsewhere, hazardous weather is not expected.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Unsettled weather can be found throughout the middle of the country. Accumulating snowfall may be found across Wisconsin, Colorado, and eastern Washington/northern Idaho that could cause travel issues.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 30 – Dec. 6)

Much of the country looks warm and dry for the first week of December, with the exception of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, where conditions may be a bit wetter and therefore cooler.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

On Saturday, with perfect weather, my cousin Brandon Dixon married his best friend Kailyn Carver. We wish them all the very best, and many more laughs, as they begin this new adventure together! And yes, my gift was the weather. ha

NASA Nerdology 

Happy belated birthday to astronaut Eileen Collins! A skilled pilot, Collins was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and became the first female Space Shuttle Pilot in 1995 and the first female Space Shuttle Commander in 1999. On November 19th, Collins turned 64 years young.

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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sunday, Nov. 22

Headlines 

Showers developing today

An unsettled weather week ahead

Thanksgiving weather looking good

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers developing by afternoon, becoming likely by evening. Rainfall amounts under an inch expected.

Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with showers developing overnight.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy. Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Thanksgiving: Partly cloudy and mild.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Showers possible by afternoon.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Two chances for thunderstorms are found in this forecast period. The first comes Wednesday. Some of those storms could be on the strong side, but severe weather is not expected at this time.

Another chance for storms arrives on Saturday. Again, some of those storms could be strong. It is too early to know if any of those storms could reach severe thresholds. I’ll keep you posted.

On This Day in Wx History

1929- Five inches of snow fall at Nashville, the most ever measured on this date.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 89° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -32° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

The area of disturbed weather being monitored in the Atlantic now just has a 10% chance for development. Even so, anything that should develop will stay at sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Freezing rain, sleet , and snow can be found across New England. A treacherous travel for travel for some of those folks is certain. Accumulating snowfall can be found across northern Indiana/southern Michigan, along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, across western Colorado, and in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, unsettled weather in the Southeast and southern plains will lead to showers but hazardous weather is not expected.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Lots of wintry weather can be found across the northern plains, stretching westward to the northern Rockies. More mixed wintry precip continues for parts of New England.

Sunday Story

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being at my grandma Baldwin’s house and hearing the jingle for Jeopardy come on the TV. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the challenge of the trivia involved with the game, especially when weather was a topic!

I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue meteorology, which meant that I was reading meteorology books when I was just a kid. What a thrill it was to challenge my weather knowledge when a category on Jeopardy would be about weather. What a thrill, indeed! 

Alex Trebek would read an answer. Trebek, “A category 4 hurricane hitting a wide and shallow continental shelf can produce this alliterative phrase.” I would shout at the TV, “What is storm surge?” That was an easy one.

That might be followed by Trebek reading, “Brazil’s highest peak is 9,800-foot Pico da Neblina, with Neblina being this weather condition that surrounds the summit.” “Dang, that one’s hard,” I would think. Another contestant might respond, “What is fog?” “How does anyone know that so quickly?”, I would wonder. 

How many times have you thought that while watching Jeopardy?

Psychologists tell us that trivia keeps the mind sharp. Engaging in activities that exercise the mind keeps us mentally engaged. 

Learning that Alex Trebek had passed away was the first time in my life that I truly felt the loss of someone I had never known in person. From watching the show with grandma as a kid, to making my schedule around the show in college, Alex was a part of my life. He practically felt like family.

This time the answer is, “The wittiest man in Heaven right now.” The question is, of course, “Who is Alex Trebek?” Rest easy, my dear friend.   

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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Sat., Nov. 21

Headlines 

Rain returns on Sunday

An unsettled week next week

Thanksgiving Day’s weather is looking good

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Partly cloudy and mild.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with showers developing by afternoon. Rain becomes likely by evening.

Monday – Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Winds pick up a bit on Tuesday.

Wednesday: Showers and perhaps a thunderstorm.

Thursday – Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy and mild.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

Threats

Thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday but it now appears that the severe threat has diminished. Still, I can’t rule a strong storm or two. Overall, the next seven days are looking free of any severe storm threat.

On This Day in Wx History

1967 – Excessive rains in southern California caused the most severe flooding and the most damaging mud slide in 33 years. Downtown Los Angeles received eight inches of rain, and 14 inches fell in the mountains. For perspective, Los Angeles gets about 14 inches of rain a year.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 92° at Rio Grande Village, Texas 

Low: -10° at Peter Sinks, Utah

Tropical Outlook

The tropics are still trying to develop at least one more storm in the Atlantic this season. The chances are low, at this point, but it’s a possibility. The good news is that the system, should it develop, would stay out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Accumulating snowfall is likely across Minnesota and parts of Colorado and northwest Montana today. Elsewhere, unsettled weather can be found along a cold front across the middle of the country, but hazardous weather is not expected with that activity.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A wintry mix of precipitation can be found across the Northeast, with hazardous driving conditions possible. Accumulating snowfall can be found across the Upper Midwest, the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and western Colorado. Much unsettled weather exist across the eastern half of the country but severe storms are not a forecast hazard.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 28-Dec 4)

A very warm pattern appears to be evolving for much of the northern US for the end of this month and the beginning of the next. Much of they country is trending dry, with the exception of the Deep South and northern New England.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

“If you choose not to find joy in snow …. you will have less joy in your life and still the same amount of snow,” Jenny Hagan (@LostInSk). She snapped this picture in Saskatchewan, Canada yesterday.

NASA Nerdology 

Happy belated birthday to astronomer Edwin Hubble, born on this day in 1889. Hubble proved that the universe contains multiple galaxies, rather than just the Milky Way. He’s the namesake of the Hubble Telescope. Hubble would have turned 131 years old yesterday. We sure have come a long way since then!

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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Blog for Fri., Nov. 20

Friday Funny

It’s so cold in Alberta, Canada these days that there are warnings for area residents to not let the moose lick their cars. LOL And yes, this is real!

Headlines 

Another ISS flyover this evening (see NASA Nerdology section)

Next rain chance arrives Sunday

Thunderstorms are possible Wednesday

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Mostly sunny and pleasant.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with showers developing in the afternoon. Showers likely overnight.

Monday: Clearing skies should lead to partly cloudy skies by noon.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Overnight showers possible.

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Thanksgiving: Partly cloudy and mild.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern

A powerful storm system will approach from the west and lead to thunderstorms for Wednesday, some of which may be strong.

Threats

Severe thunderstorms are not expected through Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a powerful storm system will approach the area. Some of the storms with this system could be on the stronger side. I’ll keep you posted. At this time, widespread severe weather is not expected.

On This Day in Wx History

1900- An F-4 tornado cut a devastating swath 300 yards wide and 8 miles long along the northwest edge of Columbia, located in southern Middle Tennessee. Hardin, Wayne, and Lewis Counties may have had related tornado activity before the storm reached Columbia. Most deaths are in the Macedonia community, 2 miles west of Columbia, where the homes and cabins are “turned into kindling wood.” The funnel was moving northeastward, heading for the center of Columbia, but turns suddenly to the north. Damage is estimated at $40,000. The tornado kills 27, and injures 75. It is the 4th deadliest tornado to ever strike Middle Tennessee. Another F-3 tornado kills 9 and injures 40 along a 25-mile path across Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford Counties.

Almanac

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 90° at Canadian, Texas 

Low: -6° at Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Tropical Outlook

An area of disturbed weather will be monitored in the Atlantic over the coming days. At this time, there are no threats to the US. If this area of disturbed weather develops into anything, it will likely move out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

A quiet day across the country.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

A storm system will produce some snowfall for Minnesota and northern Iowa, with showers occurring farther south in the warmer air. Elsewhere, the weather is quiet.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 27-Dec 3)

December looks to start off on a warm a dry note for much of the country.

Temperature

Precipitation 

Weather Shots

Can you believe it’s already that time of year?! Sugar Mountain, North Carolina became the first ski resort in the Southeast to open this season when it opened up today! They have an 8-22″ base, with five runs being open. (Thanks to Evan Fisher (@EFisherWX) for the info.)

NASA Nerdology 

There will be another ISS fly over this evening! This one should be even better than yesterday’s. Look to the southwest at 5:15 and wait for the ISS. It will rise to a height of 69 degrees and be visible for five minutes, before setting in the northeast.

This was the view from Crew Dragon, as the four astronauts were en route to the International Space Station on Monday. What a view of our precious planet!

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