We have a weak boundary…I won’t even call it a front..that is sagging down our way. You can make the argument that this is the leftover of Hurricane Dolly which went across South Texas and Northern Mexico, into Arizona and New Mexico before getting into the flow and moving back into Oklahoma and then has gotten stretched into the plains around a ridge of high pressure. Now, it is sagging down our way. There may be a little wave that progresses along the boundary Wednesday evening and with afternoon heating could conspire to produce some decent t’storms across the area. While there is no risk area, the SPC does have something to say about it so I have reprinted the part of the discussion that pertains to our region. For
this reason, I have not much more to say since I am tending to a bunch of horses and a goat and a mule. Yesterday, I was mending fences after Snow White and I had to go chase down the mule and the goat after the goat had busted a hole through the fence. I found out that I can make a donkey go where I want it to by simply grabbing its ear and then leading it to Snow White who had a lead rope in hand, whatever that is, and we returned it to its field. The goat was a different story. I wrestled the big goat and won! Here’s the SPC report:
…SRN PLAINS TO THE OH VALLEY THIS AFTERNOON… A LOW-MID LEVEL CYCLONE OVER ERN KS/WRN MO WILL MOVE SLOWLY EWD THROUGH THE PERIOD. A LOW-MID LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDS SSWWD ACROSS ERN OK INTO N TX…WHILE A WEAK OUTFLOW BOUNDARY/DIFFERENTIAL HEATING ZONE EXTENDS EWD ACROSS SRN MO INTO KY. SCATTERED STRONG STORMS ARE EXPECTED INVOF THESE SURFACE BOUNDARIES WHERE MODERATE-STRONG INSTABILITY WILL DEVELOP WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW-MID 70S. RATHER MODEST MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND WARM TEMPERATURES ALOFT SUGGEST THAT ISOLATED DOWNBURSTS WILL BE THE MAIN THREAT THIS AFTERNOON…THOUGH INSTABILITY COULD STILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR ISOLATED/MARGINALLY SEVERE HAIL. THE THREAT FOR MORE ORGANIZED STORM TYPES WILL BE LIMITED TO A NARROW CORRIDOR IN ADVANCE OF THE MID LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS MO/IL WHERE VERTICAL SHEAR WILL BE RELATIVELY STRONGER.
On This Date in History: President Eisenhower signed into law a bill requiring “In God We Trust” be put on all currency and be considered the official US Motto. Since the Civil War the motto had been put on all coins but not paper currency. The “in God We Trust” bill was just two years after Eisenhower pushed for “under God” to be added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Most historians conclude this action was part of a reaction to the Red Scare of the 1950’s. Eisenhower himself has been said to have been raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, while more modern accounts suggest he was raised as a Mennonite. Sources say that Ike abandoned his family religion but that religion was still important to him and in 1953, he was baptised as a Presbyterian, less than a year into his first term as President. Today people claim the insertion of God into state mottoes and the pledge is a violation of the separation of church and state. Many defenders of the verbiage mistakenly think that the inclusion of God was mandated by our founders when in fact, “under God” and “In God We Trust” did not come along until after the founders were dead and gone. I’ll let you make the call.