It looks we’ll get a break from the rain today. The front that brought us rain yesterday has sagged to our south, taking the deepest moisture with it. The front is still close enough that we could see an isolated shr or storm this afternoon, esp south of I-40. By tomorrow, the front throws a bit more moisture our way and we should see scattered showers and storms at any point during the day. That forecast holds true right on through the weekend and into early next week. As of now, Thursday looks to be the wettest day of the week, but scattered showers and storms can happen anytime, day or night, in this kind of pattern. Highs each day will be in the mid to upper 70s, with lows in the low to mid 60s.
Next week looks continued unsettled, with a possible tropical system thrown in as well. As of now, and things can certainly change, it looks like we may have a tropical system impacting the Carolinas and throwing moisture all the way over to us. It’s something to watch as models have been consistent with this forecast. I’ll keep an eye on it! If you, or anyone you know, has travel plans to the Carolinas next week, pay attention to the forecast.
We’ve seen a bit of an usual August so far, but it’s not the first time August has been unusual! On this date in 1989, a total of 99 cities across the central and eastern US recorded record low temperatures. Mt Mitchell, NC was the coldest spot in the nation on this date, with a morning low of 35 degrees! On this date in 1882 a ship on Lake Michigan reported being covered with six inches of snow and slush, and snow showers were reported along the shores of Lake Michigan. That’s weirdly cold even by their standards! Most of our records here in Crossville for August are for heat, but ever once in a while we have a cooler-than-average August, like the one we’re having now. What does that mean for the fall and winter? I’ll have more on that later on!