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MM’s Wed Wx Blog for July 28

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Yesterday evening’s MM Kid’s class went so very well! We learned all about floods and then we build a home and made it flood proof! The kids turned into very smart engineers. We discovered that a mix of playdough and gravel, along with some other random items (ha) can make for a great flood wall! We’ll definitely be doing this lesson again! We had so much fun we forto to taek any pcitures!

Next month’s lesson, as voted on by the kids, will be on lightning. Stay tuned for more info on that!

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Weather Headlines 

Thursday expected to be the Hottest Day so Far This Summer

Rain Chances Pick Up By Friday & Weekend

Relief From Heat & Humidity Could Come Early Next Week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Wednesday – Thursday: Hot & humid! Be safe outside in the heat.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for a mainly afternoon shower or storm.

SaturdaySunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Monday: Partly to mostly sunny, with a chance for a shower or storm.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Lower humidity!

Hay Weather Forecast

Farmer’s Almanac Fishing Forecast 

Gone Fishin' - Biz New Orleans

Jul 28 Poor

Jul 29 Poor

Jul 30 Fair, but best in the evening (Just watch out for any storms that may be around)

Jul 31 Fair, but best in the morning

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Summer Heat Safety

Almanac for Yesterday

Tropics 

35 Photos of Snoozing Dogs That Will Make Your Heart Melt | Best Life

Sun & Moon

Planting by the Moon 

28th – 29th A barren period.

30th – 31st Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.

August

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.

7th – 10th Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.

11th – 12th Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.

13th – 14th Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.

15th – 17th Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.

On This Day in Wx History

1819 – A small but intense hurricane passed over Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. The hurricane was considered the worst in 50 years. Few houses were left standing either at Bay Saint Louis or at Pass Christian, and much of the Mississippi coast was desolate following the storm. A U.S. cutter was lost along with its 39 crew members. The storm struck the same area that was hit 150 years later by Hurricane Camille. 

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  112° at Death Valley, California

Low:   35° at Albany, Wyoming 

Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity 

The size of the dot indicates the magnitude of the quake. Larger dots equal bigger quakes. If the dot is red, that means it happened more recently. Orange dots represent quakes that occurred several hours ago.

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

After some patchy morning fog in some areas, skies will become mostly sunny for our Wednesday. All that sunshine will help warm us all up into the low to mid 90s. High humidity levels will make it feel much hotter. Be safe in the heat!

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Under starry skies, overnight lows will range from the mid 70s across the western end of the state, to the mid 60s in the easternmost regions.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

Thursday will likely be the hottest day Tennessee has seen this summer. With abundant sunshine, afternoon high temperatures will climb to near 100 degrees for areas of West and Middle Tennessee. Elsewhere, low to mid 90s are expected. High humidity levels will lead to dangerous heat indices. Please be safe in the heat.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots


Laura Hedien (Photography@lhedien) recently captured this Texas storm moving toward an abandoned school house. The school just looks like it must always be at the mercy of the elements out there.

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NASA Nerdology 

This week marks 50 years since Apollo 15 launched. This was their view of the Earth as they rocketed out into space.

Earth as taken by Apollo 15 crewmembers

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MM’s Tues Wx Blog for July 27

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Weather Headlines 

Hot & Steamy Days Ahead

Rain Chances Pick Up By Friday & Weekend

Relief From Heat & Humidity Could Come Monday!

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon/evening.

Wednesday – Thursday: Hot & humid! Be safe outside.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for showers & storms all day.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Monday: Partly to mostly sunny. Lower humidity!

Hay Weather Forecast

Farmer’s Almanac Fishing Forecast (New!)

Gone Fishin' - Biz New Orleans
  • Jul 27 Best in the Evening (Just watch out for any storms that may be around)
  • Jul 28 Poor
  • Jul 29 Poor
  • Jul 30 Fair, but best in the Evening (Just watch out for any storms that may be around)
  • Jul 31 Fair, but best in the Morning

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Summer Heat Safety

Almanac for Yesterday

Tropics 

142 Puppies That Can Sleep Anywhere And Anytime | Bored Panda

Sun & Moon

Planting by the Moon 

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.

August

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

1943 – On a whim, and flying a single engine AT-6, Lieutenant Ralph O’Hair and Colonel Duckworth were the first to fly into a hurricane. It started regular Air Force flights into hurricanes.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  109° at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low:   26° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Twister Tuesday

This is the damage report from the NWS after the Smithville, Mississippi EF-5 tornado on April 27, 2011.

18 HOMES DESTROYED...2 BUSINESSES /POST OFFICE AND
  POLICE STATION/ DESTROYED...8 HOMES WITH MAJOR DAMAGE...7 BUSINESSES
  WITH MAJOR DAMAGE...44 HOMES WITH MINOR DAMAGE...AND WATER SYSTEM DESTROYED. MOST TREES EITHER SNAPPED OR TWISTED AND DEBARKED. MOST OF THE HOMES DESTROYED WERE WELL BUILT...TWO STORIES...LESS THAN TEN YEARS OLD AND BOLTED DOWN TO THEIR FOUNDATIONS. A 1965 CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK PARKED IN FRONT ONE OF THE DESTROYED HOMES HAS NOT BEEN FOUND. ALL APPLIANCES AND PLUMBING FIXTURES IN THE MOST EXTREME DAMAGE PATH WERE SHREDDED OR MISSING.

Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity (New!)

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

It’s a hot and humid Tuesday in Tennessee! Look for afternoon highs to top out around 90 degrees statewide. A few of us will dodge a shower or storm today, as there is about a 30% chance for a heat-of-the-day shower or thunderstorm.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Skies should be clear to partly cloudy overnight. Muggy overnight lows will range from the mid 70s across the western end of the date, to the mid 60s across the eastern end of the state.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

We’re in for a scorcher on Wednesday and this time any relief from a shower or storm looks very unlikely. Be safe in that heat! Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 90s, with our cities likely reaching 95 degrees.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots


Rob Hoff (@robhoffimagery) took this incredible photo at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. Rob commented, “I’ve been trying to get a bolt here all summer, with many of the storms lacking any lightning at all and others just putting down at the wrong time or place. Today, I finally got the shot.” You sure did, Rob, and we sure are glad you did!

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NASA Nerdology 

Apollo 15 launched during this week in 1971 from Kennedy Space Center, carrying David Scott, James Irwin, and Alfred Worden towards the Moon. Apollo 15 was the first of the Apollo “J” missions, which were capable of a longer stay and more mobility on the lunar surface.

Apollo 15 Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center

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

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MM’s Mon Wx Blog for July 26

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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 think and to get your hands dirty! I’m also going to turn the kids into junior engineers! 🙂

Floods | Ready.gov

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Weather Headlines 

Best Chance of Rain is Today

Heat and Humidity Crank Back Up by Midweek

More Storms Possible by End of the Week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Today: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon/evening.

Wednesday – Thursday: Hot & humid! Be safe outside.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers & storms.

Hay Weather Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Advice on staying safe during summer  storms – Your Local News

Almanac for Yesterday

Tropics 

Development is looking less likely for the system that has been monitored off the Southeast coastline over the past several days. The systems is also no longer expected to get into the Gulf, but will instead likely head inland to the southeast Georgia coastline and eventually dissipate.

Sun & Moon

Planting by the Moon

26th – 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.

August

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

1943 – Tishomingo, Oklahoma, baked in the heat as the mercury soared to 121 degrees, a state record.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  118° at Death Valley, California

Low:   28° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Monday Sun Day

The Sun’s gravity keeps all the planets in orbit. The Sun’s gravitational pull is stronger than anything else’s in the Solar System.

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will keep high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s across the state. Some of the storms today could produce heavy rainfall and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. Be safe if you plan to be outside.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Showers and thunderstorms dissipate while moving eastward overnight. High humidity levels will keep overnight lows in the 70s.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

Tuesday’s heat and humidity will lead to some afternoon showers and thunderstorms for some of us. That rain chance increases from west to east, with a 30% chance across West Tennessee, increasing to about 50% for East Tennessee. Afternoon highs will top out around 90 degrees, though high humidity levels will make it feel even warmer.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

This gorgeous photo was taken a few years ago in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo credit goes to Craig Boehm (@Skstormchaser).

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NASA Nerdology 

Here on Earth, spacesuits weigh about 280 pounds. In space, they’re practically weightless.

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MM’s Sun Wx Blog for July 25

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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! 🙂

Radar & Wx Alerts Link 

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Weather alerts can be found here:

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Weather Headlines 

A Hot & Humid Sunday

Best Chance of Rain Comes Monday

Turning Hot and Humid Again Next Week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

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

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Almanac for Yesterday

Tropics 

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.

August

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 

Sunday Story

A River of Air

Global Warming Is Messing with the Jet Stream. That Means More Extreme  Weather. - Inside Climate News

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. 

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

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!

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NASA Nerdology 

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.

Sand dunes and large rocks are revealed in this panoramic image of Mars taken by Viking 1's Camera 1.

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