Get Outside For This One...

A few spots will get to 80 today, with another shot at it Thursday. Also, a discussion of why a dust storm can provide a neat opportunity.

Indeed, Mr. Frey... (though I did prefer you as a member of the Eagles)

We'll be on 80-degrees watch today, expecting the driest and sunniest weather we'll get from here on out through the end of the week. All sorts of reasons to get outside today and make this one count. Of course, this is what I'll probably be doing:

Okay...You're right, probably more like


 So anyway, today's the best day to get out there today, because we'll be in a nice little lull before the 'scattered afternoon storm' weather pattern arrives early this year. Temperatures are running 20-25 degrees above normal, and about 30 degrees warmer than where they were this time last year. Back in 2008, we hit 80-degrees around this time, and all our record highs are more-or-less just out of reach (so there is precedent for this kind of weather in mid-March).

--- Tangent ---

It happened a few days ago, but I just couldn't fit it in to the blog without making it ridiculously long. We covered this on WSAZ during the day, but there was a large dust storm that affected many spots in the Southwestern United States. Normally these are known as being only annoying all the time, gumming up the works and sending you running for cover. Well, that's all true... but a dusty mist on a blazing sunny day can provide for some great opportunities for photographers when it comes to the Sun. Normally, looking directly at the Sun is a no-no, and photographing the Sun places a huge risk on your camera, but look at what one photographer was able to zoom in and do during this same dust storm:

These images were taken from the Tularosa basin near Alto, New Mexico. If you look closely at the picture on the right (or click on it to blow it up), you'll notice a mark on the Sun just above the center-line and to the right. This is what is called a 'sunspot'. There are indeed times when you can see them on the Sun with the naked eye (but you need a 'screen' of sorts to be safe on the eyes). This particular sunspot was responsible for the huge X-class 'coronal mass ejection' that gave us that geomagnetic storm we talked about a few days back. Pretty neat stuff. I know some of you are interested in solar things, particularly as it relates to our climate, and climate/climate change are topics of deep interest to me. I may end up talking more about such matters eventually.

--- End Tangent ---

Here's a map of our anticipated high temperatures the next two days:

Wednesday's Highs Thursday's Highs

So long as our southwest wind continues to deliver the warmth as if we're on the end of a conveyor belt, we'll be in the 70s straight into the weekend. Starting Thursday though, we'll be talking about the arrival of the 'air mass thunderstorm'. But for now, let's just enjoy the guilt-free warmth :-)

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

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Have a great day everyone!



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