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A warm, wet pattern on the way

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SUMMARY

With lots of sunshine today, we’ll warm up considerably. Surprisingly, the snow held on yesterday! We fell a few degrees short of the forecast high of 35 and only got to 32 degrees. So, we spent the first full day of spring below freezing. Had our temp gotten to 35, all our snow would be a memory. By this evening, I assure you our snow will be a memory!

This evening and tonight, clouds will increase as a warm front approaches. Temps will dip back down to around freezing, so a freeze warning is in effect once again tonight. If clouds move in early enough, we’ll just stay around the 32-degree mark, if clouds are thinner and more broken, we could drop as low as 28. Light precip will be moving in tonight, but the air should be too dry to allow it to make it to the ground here on the plateau. Better coverage of rainfall moves in Friday night, along with much warmer air. Saturday looks very wet, but Sunday isn’t looking too bad. The showers you see on the outlook above for Sunday will fall in the morning hours, with the rest of the day looking pretty good. Enjoy it. More rain moves in for Monday and that rain looks to stick around all week, as a big storm system stalls to our west. This will keep us in a very mild, wet pattern as we get lots of moisture pumped in from the Gulf of Mexico. The good news is that, at this time, there are no substantial threats of severe weather in sight for next week. The primary hazard will be heavy rainfall.

We still have some snow around the farm here in Rinnie today! I got out and snapped some pics this morning. I’m trying to enjoy my snow as much as possible. It’ll be a memory all too soon….. Notice my little snow drift on the porch roof (haha).

DISCUSSION

It looks like the rainfall for Friday night into Saturday night will add up to at least an inch. Some places may see a bit more. There is enough instability that we could hear some rumbles of thunder, but there shouldn’t be any severe weather.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sunday is the nicest day we see for many days. Be sure to get out and enjoy it. Next week is looking very rainy but temperatures will be very mild. I don’t see any cold weather coming back anytime soon. I dreamed last night that folks were begging me to tell them it was alright to plant their gardens. I literally woke up saying, “No, no ,no”.  (haha) On that note, keep in mind that we have frosts all the way up to May. Never, ever, ever plant frost-sensitive plants until after May 15. To do so otherwise is gambling with that plant’s life! Ha

Just a quick update on the tornadoes in Alabama on Monday. One of the tornadoes was rated EF-3. That’s the rating given to the last Tansi tornado we had back in November of 2002. We all know how bad those EF-3s can be! With this Alabama tornado getting this rating, we end our country’s 306 day streak with no tornado of that intensity or stronger. This is the longest stretch of time we have ever gone without an EF3 or stronger tornado, since records have been kept.

Speaking of records, on this day in 1968 we were digging out from nearly a foot of snow! Middle Tn was walloped with a storm that moved out of the Gulf, just in time to meet up with an arctic front coming down from the north. The result was record-breaking snowfall all across Middle TN, with several locations setting all time records. Anywhere from 6-10 inches of snow fell across the mid-state.

You all have a great day!

 

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