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More chances for rain and a strong storm

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SUMMARY

It looks like our rain chances will stick around right on through the week, though those chances should decrease a bit by the end of the week. We’ll continue to see scattered afternoon/evening showers and storms (you know the drill). Just be aware of that if you have outdoor plans. Any storm that develops will have the potential to become strong, with gusty winds, frequent lightning, small hail, and heavy downpours. This is a very summer-like pattern, with heat and humidity sparking off heat-of-the-day showers/storms.

I will mention that the Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Middle TN in the marginal risk for severe weather today. Out of the 5 threat levels, this is the first (the lowest one). Again, it’s mainly for those storms that flare up and briefly become strong/severe.  The tornado threat is practically zero.

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We do have another factor to consider. There is a slow-moving and meandering front across Kentucky today and it will be setting off lots of showers and storms. The outflows from these storms will move south and offer another trigger to set off some activity for us. An outflow boundary from last night’s storms in Kentucky set off some showers on the plateau this morning. Those have since moved east.

No widespread severe weather is expected this week.

DISCUSSION

About the most exciting thing in the weather world this morning is Hurricane Bud in the eastern Pacific. He’s been a beast! At one point he was a category 4 storm. He’s not drifting northward and will impact the Baja of California later this week as a tropical storm.

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The Atlantic, on the other had, continues to look clear. It had looked like this coming week might get interesting for the Gulf but that’s a  bit more uncertain today. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Like I mentioned above, the Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in the marginal risk for severe storms today. That’s really not surprising with a front hanging out in Kentucky and our heat and humidity getting so high. The risk is just to our west tomorrow, so we may have more strong storm chances then, as well.

Looking at some records for this day, I found another one for New England that involved snow! On this day in 1842, a late season snow storm hit New England and dropped 10-12 inches of snow on parts of Vermont! Snow whitened the highest peaks of the Appalachians as far south as Maryland. That is some crazy late-season snow, folks!

A weatherTAP Facebook follower, Gene Bank, lives in Vermont and he messaged me this morning and said it actually got cold enough to frost up there this past Saturday night. He said he had friends who lost their gardens. He said one of them sent him a pic of one of the tomato plants. How crazy is that?! We’re almost in the middle of June!

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Aren’t you glad we live far enough south that we don’t have to worry about our gardens getting killed by frost this late in the season? Lord knows we got plenty of garden woes to deal with, but frost isn’t one of them. Now, to battle the bugs and weeds…..

You all have a great day and keep an eye out for one of those storms.

 

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