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A wet Monday, but better weather ahead, and the naming of hurricanes.

I guess by now you’ve figured out that it’s going to rain today? One glance at the radar shows we have off-and-on rain and storms in store for us all day. A weak frontal boundary near the KY/TN line will be the main focus of rain, and a flash flood watch is currently in effect for everyone north of I-40. That boundary will slowly sag southward today, and more flooding is possible throughout the Upper Cumberlands.  It will be another mild and humid day, with highs in the lower 70s. This front is not in any hurry, and it looks like we’re going to have to keep a chance of a shower around through the first half of Tuesday. Highs Tuesday will once again be in the lower 70s, after a morning low near 60. On Wednesday, the sun breaks out and it will be beautiful! In fact, Wednesday-Friday look awesome, with highs in the low 70s, lows in the lower 50s, and very low humidity.  Hopefully, we can keep this good weather streak going through the weekend, but I’ll keep you posted on that.

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I had promised to tell you on Friday how the names for tropical systems come about, but it completely slipped my mind. For those of you who have been on the edge of your seats about that, I’m finally coming through this morning! (ha) We are now in the fifth day of hurricane season, and there are no tropical troubles in sight, but we all know that will change. We’ve already had our first named storm, Arlene, which occurred several weeks ago out over the open waters of the Atlantic. Were it not for satellites, we would never know Arlene ever existed. The next storm will be Bret.  The National Hurricane Center doesn’t name the storms, rather, that responsibility lies with the World Meteorological Organization. They meet once a year to discuss a myriad of subjects, one of which is the naming and/or retiring of tropical systems. A name is retired when it is associated with tremendous death, misery, destruction, etc. For example, Katrina and Sandy are both retired names. Otherwise, the list of names gets recycled every six years. So, the list of names we use in 2017 will be used again in 2022. Storms began being named in 1953 and, until 1979, were all female names.  Today, the names are alternated between male and female names.  Naming storms was easier for communication, especially if there were multiple storms at once.  Prior to naming storms, storms were usually identified by their latitude/longitude position. A storm could be named, however, if it occurred on a particular saint’s day, or it could be named after a ship affected by the storm. There are six lists of 21 names but if all of those names are used, the Greek Alphabet is used (ie. Alpha, Beta, etc).

We are expecting an above average year for storms in 2017, so be sure and stay tuned for that! I’ll be watching those satellites and if I spot any tropical trouble, you’ll be the first to know!

 

 

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