Springlike weather in November

As I write this, the temperature is 59 degrees with 78% humidity and a light south breeze.  Someone needs to remind Ma Nature that it’s November and not May! It’s hard to believe that it was just a few days ago that it was about 30 degrees colder than this at this time. What a difference a few days make! This very mild-for-November airmass will remain locked in place through next Monday. Highs each day will be near 70, with warm overnight lows near 60. This is a very humid airmass, so temps won’t fluctuate too much from day to night. We’ll also have lots of clouds and some breezy winds for the next several days, but the winds will be from the south, ushering in even more warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. The best chance of rain comes tonight and tomorrow, though rain amounts will stay under an inch. We could hear some rumbles of thunder but nothing severe is expected. Right now, the weekend just looks mostly cloudy with isolated showers and breezy.

Early next week a cold front will move toward us and start to bring some changes about. We’re going to have to keep an eye out for the chance of severe weather. I’m already seeing area weather service offices mentioning strong storms for Tuesday. November is our secondary severe weather season, so we can’t let our guard down on that fact. Indiana and Ohio look to be in the severe weather cross-hairs on Sunday, but that activity will stay north of us.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I had noticed something in the weather records. As we all know, November is the big-time month for the change of seasons from Fall to Winter, so it’s anybody’s guess as to what type of weather you’ll have from day to day (heck, just look at last Sunday vs today!). But, I now notice that records for each day are starting to mention snow. For instance, today is the anniversary of a winter storm in 1966 (anyone young enough to remember this?) that pounded Middle TN with one HECK of a snowstorm. Nashville recorded 7.2″, setting a record one-day snowfall for the month of November. But that’s nothing, folks. We picked up 15″ of snow here!!! Cookeville picked up their greatest one-day snowfall ever! I’m not sure I would be able to contain my excitement. I’d be out running around like a crazy person! (HA) This is the earliest big snow storm for Middle TN on record.

It’s always interesting to look at the records and see what significant events have occurred each day. The change-of-seasons months are certainly the most interesting, with November being no exception. I see big snows, then record highs, then record lows. And then I see the big write-ups for tornadoes that have hit this time of year. It’s nice for snowbirds like me to see the snow records starting to show up, but there are some pretty disturbing tornado records for November across our state, too.  Whenever we see these big warm-ups, like we’re having now, we have got to pay attention to the approach of the next cold front that will take us back to Fall. But that’s why you have Meteorologist Mark!  You know I’m always watching and I’ll be the first to let you know if I see anything nasty coming!

Tomorrow I will share with you my take on weather folklore by sharing an article I recently wrote for the Fentress Courier and Livingston Enterprise. You’ll want to come back for that, for sure! You all have a great day!

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