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A light breeze and a few passing clouds kept many of us free of frost this morning. While we may be a bit warmer tonight than we were last night, calm winds and clear skies may allow some areas to get just cold enough to see some of that frost Monday morning. Other than that, the weather looks perfect through at least the first half of this week, folks. I can’t remember the last time we were on this long of a streak of good weather. We’ve dealt with rain, snow, and/or cold all spring!

The biggest difference between today and yesterday is that the winds will be much calmer.

If you haven’t voted in early voting you still have a chance on election day, which is Tuesday. You sure can’t use weather as an excuse not to venture out to the poles!

For those not following me on Facebook you should know that the race went well Saturday. I didn’t set a PR but I managed to finish in two hours and three minutes. It was a crowded race, as 30,000+ of us ran down the streets of Nashville. It was so crowded I got ran out of the road at one point. I had to jump a ditch and then run back up an embankment. Thankfully, I pulled that off without hurting myself. ha

Sometimes in races people hand out a lemon Popsicle-like treat on a Popsicle stick. It’s kinda like lemon slush froze to a stick. They’re delicious when your hot and tired (ha). I thought I was being handed one of those a little over halfway through the race and I was so excited. I love those things. But, it turned out to be a big blob of Vaseline on a stick, for those folks with chaffing issues in the race. It didn’t taste as bad as I thought Vaseline would taste and it really helped my lips that had been chapping.

Still……YUCK!!!

Other than that, all went well. The best news is that we raised more money than had ever been raised for St. Jude in this race. A whopping 2 million dollars was raised!!! How awesome is that?

While our weather is calm this week here in Tennessee, that will not be the case for folks to our west across the central U.S. Areas from the Dakotas to Texas will have to aware of numerous threats facing them this week. Wildfires, floods, and tornadoes are all included in those hazards. The Climate Prediction Center issues a hazard map to let people know the hazards they’ll face this week. As you can see, things will be quiet active for portions of the middle of our country. Wednesday looks to be the most active for tornadoes and most of those will be in Kansas and Oklahoma.

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I was looking at some records this morning and found an interesting one for Tennessee on this day. On April 29, 1909 an F-4 tornado hits Giles and Lincoln Counties in southern Middle Tennessee (near the AL border). The tornado killed 29 and hurt 70 others. It is the 3rd deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee. In Bee Spring alone, 24 persons were killed. Another F-3 tornado hit Hickman and Williamson Counties, killing 10, and injuring 40. For perspective, Brentwood and Franklin are in Williamson County.

FYI, the Fujita scale that we use to rate tornadoes today comes from a system derived by Dr. Ted Fujita of the University of Chicago. He came over to the states from Japan to study damage from wind. He saw what the atomic bombs did to Japan and was intrigued by the extreme wind damage produced by the bombs. In fact, had the weather over his town not been cloudy, one of the bombs would have been dropped on him. Anyway, he began studying the wind damage from downbursts and tornadoes here in the States and came up with a system for classifying the damage.

The Fujita scale was born in the 1970s. So, when you see tornadoes from, say 1909, you may wonder how we give them an F-scale rating when the system wasn’t around then? Well, we have to go back and look at the storm reports, newspaper pictures, personal accounts of damage, etc. to try to get an idea of what the tornado would have been rated today.

The scale has since been improved and is now called the Enhanced Fujita scale. The tornado is rated on damage produced and nothing else. There has been controversy over the use of radar to be included in rating tornadoes. In one instance, a tornado in Oklahoma was shown to have winds well over 150 mph according to Doppler, but it produced only damage to grass as it churned over open fields. Therefore, it was given a really low EF scale rating. Maybe someday radar will be good enough to use for tornado ratings but we just aren’t quite there yet.

I hope you all have the best Sunday and that you get out an enjoy this beautiful weather!

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