The center of what used to be Harvey is now just north of Nashville. Heavy rains pounded Nashville last evening and overnight, leading to water rescues and flooded interstates as 6-8 inches of rain fell. Many schools around Nashville are closed today due to flooding. Several tornadoes were spawned by this system yesterday over north Mississippi. We are lucky because had the system been a bit faster, that activity would have been very close to us and we would have likely seen wind damage from storms on the plateau. The timing was just right because the best position to be in, with respect to the storm center, to get tornadoes was last night. Thankfully, the storms with Harvey have been dying down to nearly nothing at night, so our threat was greatly diminished. Now, that threat is east of us. Folks north of Knoxville and into eastern KY have the best chance for seeing tornadoes today. A secondary threat exists over in the Carolinas.
For us, we can expect more rain showers throughout the day today. We could pick up another quarter to half inch of rain, especially if the heavier showers come over your neighborhood. It will be very breezy today, as well, so hold on to your hats!
Showers will linger tonight but they should be moving out tomorrow morning. Highs will only be in the mid 60s tomorrow, as cooler air wraps in behind this system. Sunday and Monday both look great, with highs back up into the mid to upper 70s.
On Tuesday, another front approaches and this is the strongest front we’ve seen since last spring! I don’t think we’ll get too much bad weather from it, but it will certainly bring some rain Tuesday and Wednesday and drop our temps! We should be in the 60s for highs Wed-Fri, with overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s! How nice will that be?
Happy first day of Fall, by the way. In meteorology, we do seasons in three month increments, with Sept-Oct-Nov being Fall. We don’t go by the crazy astronomer’s calendar (ha).
Speaking of crazy, would you like to know some crazy weather history on Crossville? I thought so. In early September of 1954 we found ourselves in a very dry airmass that is more commonly found in the desert. Dry air heats up quickly and cools off quickly. Think about how moisture holds on to heat and gives us those super warm, humid summer nights. Well, on Sept. 2, 1954 we woke up to a record-breaking low temp of 44 degrees. We then warmed up to 90 degrees that afternoon, falling just two degrees short of a record high! We almost broke a record low and high on the same day! Now that’s what I call a crazy weather day!
You all have a great Labor Day weekend! Remember, we dodge rain and winds today, some showers in the morning, and then we have an awesome Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday to round out the holiday weekend. Not too bad, if you ask me.