Good morning! It’s good to be back home from Nashville! The good news is that our booth at the NENA convention was busier than I could have imagined, but the bad news is that I didn’t even have time to blog! But, I’m back and just in time for a streak of very unsettled weather.
So relax, your weatherman has returned! ha
First of all, we’ll be seeing lots of showers and storms develop this afternoon. While widespread severe weather is not expected, a couple of the storms could become strong in this hot and humid airmass.
On Thursday, a lot of deep, tropical moisture will begin moving in and that will lead to widespread showers and thunderstorms. Some of the rainfall will be quite heavy, so be careful and aware of this if you’re out and about tomorrow. Those rain chances will be with us all day.
On Friday, the atmosphere will be more conducive for strong to severe storms. At this point, it looks like we could see some intense storms scattered around the plateau. Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats. I’ll be here monitoring the situation all day, so stay tuned. I can’t rule out an isolated tornado, but strong, damaging straight-line winds looks to be the main threat. As of this morning, the Storm Prediction Center has placed our area under the marginal risk for severe storms for Friday.
As of now, all indications are that Saturday will be a mainly hot but dry day. I can’t rule out an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like the driest day of the 5-day outlook. Don’t let your guard down too much though, as models are hinting at a complex of storms that may drop down out of the Midwest on us Saturday night. It’s too soon to know exactly who will be impacted the most by that, but whoever ends up in the path of that complex of storms will face a risk for damaging winds and large hail. I’ll keep an eye on it. The last time we had a threat like this the storms dropped down onto West TN, sparing the plateau from most of the threat. We’ll see if that happens again.
Whew! We have certainly entered an more active period, folks, but hopefully this means all of us will see some beneficial rainfall from this pattern. Some of us could use some rain!
I’ll be watching it all!
There’s really not much to add to the discussion here, plus I’m trying to get caught up from being away for a few days. The interest in weatherTAP at this NENA convention was quite impressive. NENA stands for the National Emergency Numbers Association. This is their annual national meeting and we were very lucky that it was just down the road in Nashville. A lot of emergency management folks use weatherTAP. We sell Weather Display Systems that they can customize any way they want. They tell us what maps, etc they want to see, and we customize it for them. It’s anything and everything they could possibly want with weather information, including alerts and all kinds of good info.
Plus, they always want to meet Meteorologist Mark (of course! ha) and it’s always fun to talk to those folks. First responders always have lots and lots of weather stories! (ha) So, this was a very good thing to attend and I am so very grateful for my travel companion on this trip, Charlotte Carter, who did an incredible job! Thank you, Charlotte. These trips are absolutely exhausting but it’s so much easier when you have good travel companion.
Like I said in the summary above, the weather has certainly taken a more interesting turn around here. Tomorrow, the main threat will be heavy downpours of rain. There may be some flooding issues for some folks, to that will have to be monitored. Those tropical downpours can really put down the rain in a short amount of time. I think the greatest threat of severe storms will come Friday. I’ll have to keep an eye on that. And, then again Saturday night could be a bumpy ride, depending on where that complex of storms goes.
You all have a great day!