Tuesday, April 29, 2008
OZONE FORMS WHEN TWO GROUPS OF KEY POLLUTANTS...NITROGEN OXIDES AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS...COOK IN THE SUN. FOR EXAMPLE...PARTICULATE MATTER CAN BE DIRECTLY EMITTED IN SMOKE FROM A WOODSTOVE...BUT A LOT OF PARTICLES FORM WHEN GASES REACT IN THE AIR. NITROGEN OXIDES AND SULFUR DIOXIDES CONTRIBUTE TO PARTICULATE MATTER FORMATION.
THESE OZONE AND PARTICLE FORMING POLLUTANTS COME FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SOURCES...INCLUDING CARS...TRUCKS...BUSES...POWER PLANTS...AND INDUSTRIES. NATURAL SOURCES SUCH AS WILDFIRES AND DUSTSTORMS CONTRIBUTE TO PARTICULATE MATTER POLLUTION. TREES AND OTHER VEGETATION ALSO EMIT ORGANIC COMPOUNDS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO PARTICULATE MATTER AND OZONE POLLUTION.
WEATHER PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN THE LEVELS OF OZONE AND PARTICULATE MATTER POLLUTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY. SUNLIGHT AND HEAT PROMOTE OZONE FORMATION. LIGHT WINDS AND TEMPERATURE INVERSIONS CAN KEEP POLLUTION CONCENTRATED NEAR THE GROUND. DEPENDING ON ITS DIRECTION...THE WIND CAN BRING IN MORE POLLUTION...SOMETIMES FROM HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY.
TOMORROW WE WILL LEARN ABOUT THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF POOR AIR QUALITY.
Monday, April 28, 2008
EACH DAY OF AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO EDUCATION AND PREPAREDNESS. TODAY WE HIGHLIGHT TWO TYPES OF AIR POLLUTION: OZONE AND PARTICLE POLLUTION...THESE ARE TWO COMMON POLLUTANTS FOUND IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.
OZONE IS A COLORLESS ODORLESS GAS. IT IS THE SAME GAS THAT IS FOUND IN THE OZONE LAYER...HIGH IN THE EARTH'S STRATOSPHERE...WHERE IT PROTECTS US FROM THE SUN'S ULTRAVIOLET ENERGY. BUT AT GROUND LEVEL WHERE WE LIVE...OZONE POLLUTION IS UNHEALTHY TO BREATHE. OZONE POLLUTION CAN REACH UNHEALTHFUL LEVELS DURING THE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL MONTHS ACROSS THE MID SOUTH.
PARTICLE POLLUTION...OR AIRBORNE PARTICULATE MATTER...CONSISTS OF MICROSCOPIC PARTICLES IN THE AIR. IN THE MID SOUTH...PARTICULATE MATTER POLLUTION CAN OCCUR YEAR ROUND. LIKE OZONE...PARTICLE POLLUTION IS NOT HEALTHY TO BREATHE. THE PARTICLES ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO HAZE WHICH BLURS THE VIEW IN MANY CITIES AND NATIONAL PARKS.
TOMORROW WE WILL LEARN HOW THESE POLLUTANTS FORM AND CREATE POOR AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT THE WORLD WIDE WEB AT http://www.airquality.noaa.gov/
... courtesy NWS/Memphis
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Unfortunately for those wanting more time to dry out, an unsettled pattern will be setting up for the next several days as a frontal system nears the Mid-South today and stalls jsut northwest of the region through Friday before moving over us Friday night. This will mean on and off chances of showers and t'storms, with the best chances right now appearing to be Thursday and Friday, as well as with the frontal passage Friday night. Following quickly on its heels, another front looks to be moving in late Sunday or Monday, but computer models are really all over the place on timing and location of systems by this weekend, so confidence is still fairly low that far out. I guess we just plan on wet and warm for the next several days!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Due to recent warmth, and plenty of rain, many spring plants and flowers have already begun sprouting, growing, and blooming. A few hours of sub-freezing temperatures could damage or kill tender vegetation, especially those not right at the soil level, where soil warmth will protect the lowest couple of inches above the ground. Be sure to cover anything that you do not want damaged overnight tonight. My just-blooming azaleas will definitely be shrouded!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
For those of you concerned about spring vegetation that has already made it's appearance, the frost factor for tonight will be minimal thanks to cloud cover and a steady breeze that should keep everyone in the upper 30s. By Sunday night/Monday morning, outlying areas could see a light frost as temps drop into the mid 30s, though once again cloud cover and wind should keep frost to a minimum. The best time to cover those tender outdoor plants will be Monday night. The low Tuesday morning could drop to 28-32 degrees outside the city proper and with clear skies and light wind, frost and perhaps even a couple hours of sub-freezing temps are possible.
The good news is a quick warm-up will take place starting Tuesday and we're back in the 70s Wednesday. I firmly believe that after Tuesday morning, this is the last time we will have to deal with frost until fall!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Here's what the NWS-Memphis office has to say:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
554 AM CDT THU APR 10 2008
...A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK IS LIKELY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MID SOUTH THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT...
A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE EAST INTO THE MID SOUTH LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT. A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED IN ADVANCE OF THIS SYSTEM ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS EARLY THIS MORNING AND WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST AND INTENSIFY THROUGH THE DAY. BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON...SURFACE HEATING WILL ALLOW THE AIRMASS OVER MUCH OF THE MID SOUTH TO BECOME MODERATELY UNSTABLE. AS LARGE SCALE LIFT OVERSPREADS THE HIGHLY SHEARED AND UNSTABLE AIRMASS IN PLACE...EXPECT THE POSSIBILITY OF DISCRETE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS. ANY DISCRETE STORMS THAT CAN DEVELOP WILL BECOME SEVERE QUICKLY AND BE CAPABLE OF DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND TORNADOES. A FEW STRONG TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY DISCRETE STORMS.
THE LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL EVENTUALLY MOVE ACROSS THE MID SOUTH LATER THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. THIS LINE OF STORMS WILL LIKELY BE SIGNIFICANT AND CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS. WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 80 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE IN ISOLATED AREAS WHERE SIGNIFICANT BOW ECHOES MOVE THROUGH. LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE. THE GREATEST RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE BETWEEN 3 PM CDT AND 11 PM CDT ACROSS FAR WEST TENNESSEE AND NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI.
Be prepared for the possibility of severe weather later today and tonight - have a plan ahead of time in case severe weather strikes and review severe weather safety tips now.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE MID SOUTH THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF STRONG LIFT AND A HIGHLY SHEARED AND UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE STORMS ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE REGION THURSDAY AFTERNOON. ANY SEVERE STORMS THAT DEVELOP THURSDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND TORNADOES. A FEW STRONG TORNADOES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE OVER THESE AREAS.
THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD EVENTUALLY FORM INTO AN INTENSE SQUALL-LINE AND BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND ISOLATED TORNADOES TO MUCH OF THE MID SOUTH THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.
In addition, flash flooding will be a concern, and for this reason a Flash Flood Watch will be in effect Thursday night as well. The graphic below (courtesy Storm Prediction Center, NWS) highlights the area where severe weather will be most likely.
Friday, April 4, 2008
My shout out for today goes to the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team down in San Antonio!! If you're headed that way for the weekend, conditions will be dry with highs from 80-85. Nice... Being an alum of the U of M, I'll be rooting hard for a national championship for this very deserving team!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
WXLIVE! (the MemphisWeather.Net official recording station in Bartlett) ended up with 8.81" of rain for the month of March!
Finally, a quick shout out to my friends from the AMS/NWA Memphis Chapter! We had a great meeting last evening featuring NWS Meteorologists Jon Howell and Todd Beal discussing the recent Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak. To see my Super Tuesday webpage, including damage pics from the storm, click here.