T in TGIF Stands for Thunder
March came in like a blustery lamb today with a gusty breeze (I picked up three trash can lids on my morning walk thru the neighborhood) and mild 60 degree temperatures. A welcome change from the cumulonimbi clouds and strong winds that made for a turbulent Leap Day on Wednesday.
Tonight under the cover of darkness, temperatures will settle back into the 40s by late evening as the planetary dance of Venus and Jupiter help the waxing moon guard the astronomical heavens. I wrote about this alignment earlier this week. For the morning school bell it will feel chilly as lows settle into the 30s. Even some frost will greet the new day in colder hollows.
But the red or orangey sky that greets the new day will portend another weather change. The biblical adage “Red sky in morning, sailor take warning” is worthy of close scrutiny as Friday’s weather unfolds into a second day in three of spring thunderstorms.
The most likely chain of events on Friday is for the morning cirrus clouds that paint the sky red and orange to give way to an afternoon of grey nimbus clouds. As the wind freshens from the warm southlands, the temperature will jump back into the 60s by the lunch hour. Brown baggers can munch on their favorite sammy clad in shirt sleeves. I suggest you keep an umbrella close at hand in case a shower passes your park bench.
After that… the weather gets dicey as severe thunderstorms are expected to erupt along the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys by late afternoon. There is some early evidence that Friday’s action (straight line and cyclonic wind storms, hail storms and flash floods) will be closer to our area here in Appalachia. That means the probability that severe thunderstorm and/or tornado watches/alerts will again be with us.
To get you ready for that possibility and to re-educate you on spring severe weather precautions, I will be adding a refresher to my blog after dinner. For now, just plan on staying weather-wise on Friday as we wait to see what Mother Nature throws our way.