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A brief break from the rain today and a look at the snowy significance of this date

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SUMMARY

We’ll see only isolated showers/sprinkles today, as we catch a bit of a reprieve from these rainy days we’ve seen lately. I’m seeing some clearing over West TN, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those breaks in the clouds make it over this way by this afternoon/evening. Fingers crossed, right?

Below is the current satellite image at 8:40 a.m. The clouds are moving north to south, but that clearing in West TN is trying to inch our direction.

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Tomorrow, our next system moves in, but this will be a welcome storm. It will be just what we’ve been needing to push this slow-moving upper level low out of our neck of the woods. We will see more rainfall and possibly a rumble of thunder. No severe weather is expected. Additional rainfall of up to one inch is certainly possible.

Below is the radar this morning at 8:45 a.m. You can see our next system over the Plains, moving east.

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Once this system clears out of here Thursday night, we’ll be in really good shape to have a beautiful weekend. We may still see a shower or sprinkle on Friday, though. The models want to bring one more little disturbance in here Friday evening, but I’m not sure we’ll see anything more than a few clouds and a sprinkle. I’ll keep you posted.

DISCUSSION

I’m not sure about us here in Crossville, but one of the meteorologists for Chattanooga said this morning that it had been 10 weeks since Chattanooga had a beautiful Saturday and Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same is true for us, too!

So far this month we’ve picked up 7.2″ of rain here in downtown Crossville, with 2.44″ having fallen since Sunday. We’re at 22.93″ for the year. I know some of you have more than that.  Like many of our systems this spring, this week’s system has over-produced on rainfall. Models had shown it going just to our south, but it moved more over the top of us. That more than doubled expected rainfall. Crazy models…. ha

It’s not rainfall catching my eye as I look at records for today. Instead, it’s snow! I was really surprised to see so many snow records for April 25. Heaven knows there are plenty of tornado records across the country for April, but today really jumps out as an oddity. This date has a rather snowy significance, folks.

I’m most surprised to see so many places record their latest snowfall on April 25. First of all, on this date in 1910 Chattanooga picked up 4.5″ of snow! That’s a lot of snow on a January day for that place! On that same day,  Nashville picked up 1.5″ of snow. This is the latest measurable snowfall for both cities. I can’t find what Crossville recorded, but I imagine we had something, especially with both Chattanooga and Nashville getting snow. Interestingly, on this very same day, Chicago also measured their latest significant snowfall ever, when 2.5″ of snow fell on top of 4.5″ they already had on the ground. This put them measuring 6.5″ of snow on the ground for this day.

On this day in 1920, Atlanta received 1.5″ of snow and recorded their latest freeze and snowfall on record.

On April 25, 1875 New York City recorded it’s latest measurable of snowfall, when three inches of snow fell.

On this day in 1984 a paralyzing winter storm hit the northern Rockies and northern Plains. This is considered by many to be the worst late-season snowstorm to ever strike the northern Rockies. A whopping 72″ of snow fell at Red Lodge, Montana. The town of Lead, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, picked up 67″! Northern Wyoming was blanketed with 60″ (5 feet!).

Moving north, Anchorage, AK also set a record snow on this day in 2008, when 17.2″ of snow fell at the Anchorage airport (22″ fell just north of the airport). This is the third highest amount of snowfall ever received in a single day for the city of Anchorage.

I’m tellin’ ya, there’s something weirdly snowy about this day! ha

One thing is for certain, we don’t have to worry about snow today! In fact, the extended outlooks for next week look very warm for us. I guess it’s about time!

You all have a great day!

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