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Is my calendar right?

My calendar is right beside the thermometer that tells me the outside temperature, and I’m wondering if it’s really August 1st? Did I really contemplate turning on the heater in my truck this morning? Even more interesting, is that I can’t see any really hot weather in sight. Even the extended outlooks through the middle of August indicate below normal temps and above normal precipitation.

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Out West, however, they are experiencing record heat. Some places in Oregon may record their hottest temperatures ever today (100+ deg). And they don’t typically have ACs out there either.

As for us, clouds will keep us cooler today. We should climb to 80 by the afternoon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t make it there. Lows tonight will fall to around 60. Both Wednesday and Thursday will be partly to mostly sunny, with highs in the low 80s and a slight chance of a shower or storm, though some of the models this morning keep us completely dry until Friday. On Friday, we’ll see a strong cold front approach, and that will bring showers and storms, some of which could be strong. Friday is definitely the wettest day this week. Saturday looks absolutely perfect! Highs in the mid 70s (that’s right, MIDDLE 70s!) and no humidity. A yard salers paradise, folks! (ha) Sunday still looks good but models are trying to bring in a disturbance that could bring some showers, so if you have outdoor plans this weekend, do it Saturday. Next week looks cool and wet.

As for the tropics, Tropical Storm Emily didn’t survive the trek across Florida very well and she is pretty much history. The other disturbance in the Atlantic has also pretty much disintegrated, so all is quiet in the tropics again.

I was noticing in the records today two events that took place on this date. On Aug 1, 1985 a severe t-storm stalled out on Cheyenne, WY, and dropped 6″ of rain in 6 hours. The storm also, get this, dropped 2-5 FEET of hail! Twelve people lost their lives and 65 million dollars in damage was left behind. It was the most damaging storm in WY history. On this date in 1986, a powerful t-storm with 100 mph winds and hail raced across Kansas and into Missouri. Crops were mowed to the ground, roofs blown off houses, and 71 million dollars in damage was done by the storm. It was the worst t-storm in KS history, with a damage path 150 miles long and 30 miles wide.  Notice that both storms were not tornadoes and were the most destructive ever in each state. You don’t have to have a tornado to have a life-threatening, damaging storm (like our windstorm Memorial Day weekend).

So, on that note, you all enjoy this nice, calm, and unseasonable weather we have in TN today!

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