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The late Friday morning view of the WREG-TV News Channel 3 Champion Windows cam from I-40 and Whitten Road (someone hand me the Windex, please?) shows clear skies and quiet conditions as the work/school week winds down. Dry air, along with some reinforcing shots for clouds, will be the rule for the Mid-South as we head into the weekend. A complete look at your forecast after some WREG-TV weather almanac stuff. Keep reading…
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WREG-TV WEATHER ALMANAC: U/V RADIATION FOR FRIDAY
Via EPA.gov: Take precautions if you will be outside, such as wearing a hat and sunglasses and using sunscreen SPF 30+. Reduce your exposure to the sun’s most intense UV radiation by seeking shade during midday hours.
WREG-TV WEATHER ALMANAC: MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVELS
A slight rise in the level of the river over the next few days, but well below flood stage.
WREG-TV WEATHER ALMANAC: NOAA WINTER FORECAST
NOAA: Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather
Repeat of last year’s extremely cold, snowy winter east of Rockies unlikely
Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
YOUR WREG-TV WEEK-ENDING FORECAST…
Friday: Mostly Sunny, Dry and Mild. Warmest temperatures of the week with highs in the lower 80’s. Winds: West at 5-10 MPH. Coverage chance for precipitation: 0%.
Friday PM > Saturday AM: Mostly clear and chilly. Lows: high 40’s to lower 50’s. Winds: W turning N @ 5-10 mPH. Coverage chance for precipitation: 0%.
Saturday: Plenty of sunshine with dry air remaining and a reinforcing shot of cool air keeping temperatures cool-ish. Highs: mid/high 60’s. Winds: North at 5-10 MPH. Coverage chance for precipitation: 0%. |
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FORECAST:
Heading out on the town tonight, or to the local outdoor athletic events? Cool and dry with clear skies for kickoff/national anthem time; temperatures will be in the low 70’s by then and no rain is expected. Take along a jacket or something to ward off the chill, as temperatures will be heading downwards through the evening after sunset.
SKYBLOG3: STARGAZING CONDITIONS TONIGHT
Great conditions for stargazing tonight as dry air remains in place. Memphis Clear Sky Clock courtesy of Memphis Astronomical Society.
SKYBLOG: METEORS LAST NIGHT?
No fireballs/meteors witnessed last night according to the American Meteor Society web traffic page.
SKYBLOG: TONIGHT’S SATELLITE OVERFLIGHTS – HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE
If skies stay clear enough this evening, we should be able to see a not-quite-entirely-bright overpass of the Hubble Space Telescope. Look to the WSW horizon after 7:17 PM for a steady, non-blinking point of light heading upwards to fade quickly around the middle of the sky.
SKYBLOG3: ALL EYES ON MARS!
Via NASA: Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet — less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth.
Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest to Mars around 11:27 a.m. PDT (2:27 p.m. EDT), hurtling at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second). This proximity will provide an unprecedented opportunity for researchers to gather data on both the comet and its effect on the Martian atmosphere.
“This is a cosmic science gift that could potentially keep on giving, and the agency’s diverse science missions will be in full receive mode,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This particular comet has never before entered the inner solar system, so it will provide a fresh source of clues to our solar system’s earliest days.”
Siding Spring came from the Oort Cloud, a spherical region of space surrounding our sun and occupying space at a distance between 5,000 and 100,000 astronomical units. It is a giant swarm of icy objects believed to be material left over from the formation of the solar system.
Siding Spring will be the first comet from the Oort Cloud to be studied up close by spacecraft, giving scientists an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the materials, including water and carbon compounds, that existed during the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.
STARE WITH YOUR EARS: TODAY’S AUDIO FORECAST
Today’s audio forecast from the WREG-TV News Channel 3 weather center on Friday, October 17.
TALKING WEATHER: WATCH LAST NIGHT’S MWN WEATHER CHAT:
Join FedEx Meteorologist & head of MemphisWeather.net Erik Proseus and his guests for an informative chat about severe weather and policies regarding inclement weather across the Mid-South and beyond. Recorded last night on G+ Hangout, and also podcast on the MWN website. #ShareAndEnjoy
STAY TUNED FOR MORE THIS WEEKEND!
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Austen L. Onek, AMS Meteorologist / Station Scientist
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