One more beautiful day

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Monday: Chance of strong/severe thunderstorms

SUMMARY

We have one more beautiful day ahead before the pattern becomes more unsettled. The humidity will still be on the lower side, but it will be a bit higher than it was on Saturday. This increase in humidity is ahead of our next storm system that will begin arriving Sunday night.

By Monday, we will have an atmosphere that will support thunderstorms. Some of these storms may become strong to even severe, especially during the afternoon and evening. I’ll keep an eye on these. The Storm Prediction Center continues to outline an area at a marginal risk for severe weather Monday. That outlined area has now been expanded to include all of the plateau. The marginal risk is the first of five risk levels for severe weather. In other words, it’s the lowest category.

The unsettled weather looks to continue into Tuesday, with more scattered showers and storms. Rain chances drop off a bit, but stick with us right on through next weekend. Those chances will be highest in the afternoons/evenings, as it looks right now.

DISCUSSION

The pattern this week features unsettled weather and disturbances. The timing of these features is always tricky, but we’ll just recommend you keep the umbrella handy through at least the first of the week. Will there be times of sun? Of course. But, you need to always be ready for a shower or storm. The rain chances should drop off to about 50% or so by Thursday and Friday, but still means half of us will get wet. Keep that in mind if you plan on yard sailing. The good news is that clouds, rain will keep temps down next week.

RECORDS

We all know it’s normally very hot this time of year. Record highs were set in both Lewisburg and Hohenwald, located in southern Middle TN, on this day in 1930. Lewisburg hit 110, while Hohenwald hit 108 degrees. Keep in mind that all most folks had to cool off with was a fan back in these days.

On this day in 1952, another late July heat wave brought temps to 110 degrees at Smithville and 108 degrees at Waynesboro. Can you imagine how hot that must have felt when you factor in our TN humidity? Sheesh!

Looking around the region, on this day in 1981 lightning struck a tree in a cow pasture in Vance, Alabama. Underneath that tree stood 50 head of cattle, each with an estimated weight of 800 pounds. The lightning hit the tree they were standing under ran down the trunk of the tree and spread out in all directions along the ground, killing all 50 head of cattle. I bet that was one depressed farmer, folks!

You all have a great Sunday and be sure to take advantage of this beautiful weather!

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