1:15 Storm Update

WHAT: A strong/severe thunderstorm

WHEN: This afternoon and evening (2:00 – 8:00)

We’re seeing storms pop on radar this warm and humid afternoon. Those will likely increase in both coverage and intensity over the next several hours. A few of these storms could become strong or even severe, with damaging straight-line wind gusts being the main threat. A couple of storms could produce some hail, too.

Just be weather aware if you’re out and about. As always, don’t forget that deadly cloud-to-ground lightning that will be present with any storm. We could also see localized flash flooding from heavy downpours. Keep that in mind if you’re driving and get caught in one of these downpours.

The current radar shows storms forming at a diagonal across Cumberland County. This activity is moving northeast. More storms will form as we go through the afternoon hours.

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Baldwin’s Thundering Thursday Wx Blog for June 4

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Showers and storms today and tomorrow

A few strong to severe storms are possible today

Watching “Cristobal”

Main threats

Some of the storms today, especially this afternoon and evening, could be strong to severe. Damaging, straight-line winds are the primary threats. Large hail could also be a concern in the strongest storms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in the marginal risk for severe storms today. Be weather aware.

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Baldwin’s Severe Wx Concern

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Daily Forecast

Today: Shower & storms are likely, especially in the afternoon and evening. Some storms could be severe.

Friday: Showers and storms are likely.

Saturday: Warm and humid, with a chance for a mainly afternoon shower or storm.

Sunday – Monday: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny.  We should stay dry.

Tuesday – Wednesday: Showers and storms may become likely, as the remnants of “Cristobal” move our way.

Hay Weather Forecast

I’ve updated the hay weather forecast!

Almanac

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Yesterday’s National High and Low Temperature

High: 120 degrees at Death Valley, California (Yikes!)

Low: 27 at Estcourt Station, Maine

Difference of: 93 degrees

Today’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Severe storms will threaten three separate areas. The first, and more widespread area, can be found across the central US. Another area can be found in the southern plains and yet another area can be found in the Mid-Atlantic. The greatest risk for tornadoes and very large hail is across the central US, across South Dakota and Iowa, where upgrades to that threat are likely as we go through the day.

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Tomorrow’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

Widespread hazardous weather is not expected anywhere this day. Notice some snow falling in the Pacific Northwest mountains again!

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Saturday’s 

Wx Hazards Across the Nation

A severe weather outbreak is likely across the northern plains. Cold air behind that storm system will bring widespread snows to the northern Rockies and as far south as the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Cristobal moves north in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tropics

Tropical Storm Cristobal is barely a tropical storm this morning, with winds of 40 mph. The storm has moved inland and that is keeping him from strengthening. This was expected. What is also expected is that Cristobal will move back out over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico by Friday night and track northward. The system is expected to be a strong tropical storm or low-end hurricane when it makes landfall on the Louisiana coastline late Sunday night.

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Records

On this day in 1825 an early-season hurricane wrecked havoc from Charleston, South Carolina to New York City. Numerous trees were downed and ships damaged.

Weather Trivia 

Q: In which month does hurricane season peak?

a. July   b. August   c. September   d. October

(Answer at the end of the blog!)

Long Range Outlook 

A cooler pattern is expected to evolve for the plains’ states, while moisture from T. S. Cristobal brings increased rainfall to the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

Temperature

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Precipitation 

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7-Day Projected Precip Totals

Moisture from Cristobal can be seen very easily across parts of the South.

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NASA News

I shared this on Facebook last night but it certainly deserves a share here, too! This is a picture of DEMO-2 approaching the ISS over the skies of Turkey Sunday morning. How cool is that? They eventually docked over the Mongolia/China border 262 miles above the Earth’s surface. This is one of the coolest pictures I have ever seen from the International Space Station!

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Baldwin’s View-of-the-Day

It’s been a fine week for hay cutting and bailing in our area this week, but that has come to an end for now. Those hay fields sure are pretty though! And who doesn’t love the smell of that fresh-cut hay?

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Weather News

I have asked this question on Facebook but I’ll ask you all, too.

Currently, the blog is mostly written material and graphics. Would you be more inclined to regularly visit my site if it were more vlog (video blog) than blog, or do you prefer more written material (aka leave it as it is)? I’ve been experimenting with this video concept with the “hay weather forecast”, “the hurricane outlook” and “forecast at a glance” with a lot of good feedback. Feel free to let me know what you think! It’s a work in progress but I’m willing to keep working at it if that’s what you all prefer. The video segments would be kept short, as that’s what most people prefer.

Answer to Trivia Question

A: (c) The average date of the peak of hurricane season is September 10th.

You all have a great day!

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8:20 pm: The sky right now

You folks in Cumberland County (maybe others)….if you look east right now you’ll see a beautiful storm in the distance. You can see it light up with lightning. To make matters even more beautiful, the moon shines so bright above it.

The storm is near Rockwood and moving away from the area. If you’re close enough to hear it thunder please don’t watch this out in the open. If you live in the northern half or western half of the county you are more than safe to watch this from anywhere.

I just noticed this and thought you all would enjoy the view! Plus, it’s a really nice evening!