A wet week ahead and an active tropical pattern

If you were needing rain, this is your week! The radar shows that we will not be hard pressed for showers and storms today, so if you have to head out for anything be sure and take that umbrella. Every day this week brings a good chance of showers and storms. Those showers will keep our temps below normal limits, with highs each day in the mid to upper 70s. Lows at night will fall into the low to mid 60s. The driest day of the week looks to be tomorrow, but we still can’t rule out an isolated shower or storm.  Rain chances continue right on through the weekend. The good news is that we aren’t expecting any widespread severe weather this week, just showers and typical summer-time storms. Just always be mindful of that lightning!

The tropics have heated up a bit this morning, with a new tropical storm that has been named Franklin. It will hang out in the Caribbean before making landfall in Mexico and then heading back into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm should then hit the east coast of Mexico as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane. We’re still watching a disturbance farther out in the Atlantic. It doesn’t look to develop into anything of concern until later this week and into the weekend. I’ll keep an eye on it!

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I was looking at the records for today and we had better be thankful that this isn’t August of 1930! That was a scorcher of a month! In fact, during this week of 1930 Middle TN had one of the worst heat waves we’ve ever had. Even places on the plateau were in the 100-105 degree range! Nashville hit 111 degrees! That was one hot week and a far cry from what we’ll see this week!

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