A wet pattern continues…and continues..

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MAIN THREATS

No major threats, though any storm this forecast period can produce frequent lightning, gusty winds, and very heavy rainfall.

SUMMARY

Well, as many of us know, tomorrow is both Election Day here in Tennessee and the official start of the Highway 127 Yard Sales. I have seen better weather for these two events and I have seen worse. Don’t let the weather deter you from either, but just be prepared for scattered showers and storms that you may have to work around. Right now, it looks like today will be the wetter day of the five day outlook, but if you get caught under one of these showers or storms tomorrow or Friday you may disagree with me real quick! We have a very tropical-like airmass in place and there is more than enough moisture around for storms to produce heavy rainfall.

Rain chances look lower by Friday and Saturday, but there will continue to be isolated to scattered showers and storms around, mainly in the afternoons and evenings.

If you plan to head out yardsailing, please be mindful of the lightning. That is a force of nature that you do not want to mess around with. One strike and you may find yourself in that big yard sale in the sky…..

DISCUSSION 

Remember that time I told you next week was looking warmer and drier, but that models have shown that pattern before for us this summer and it was all lies? Guess what? Yep, they lied again.

The pattern next week is now looking quite unsettled and, in all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up getting some storm complexes coming down on us from the Midwest that could pack a punch. We’ve heard this story all summer long and I no longer think we’ll get a break next week. The good news for next week, as has been the case all summer, is that the unsettled weather will keep our temps down.

I took a glance at the extended outlooks for August and the folks at the Climate Prediction Center are showing similar thoughts. The image on the left shows above normal precip, and the image on the left shows below normal temps for August 11-24. Notice how widespread those below normal temps are!

 

TROPICS

I keep knocking, but nobody’s answering.

RECORDS

Normally, this would be a record I would offer you as a cool thought to cool you off. It is, after all, August first and we should be baking right now. Never the less, this is a “cool” weather record (no pun intended) that involves beautiful Mount Rainier in Washington State. On this day in 1954 it was reported that there continued to be 16 inches of snowpack as low as 5, 500 feet elevation! Folks, that is an incredible measurement for August 1st. Just for perspective, we’re around 2,000 feet here on the plateau. Can you imagine finding snow just a few thousand feet higher up? Hinch Mountain is just a little over 3,000 feet.

If you were living in Cheyenne, Wyoming on this day in 1985 you would certainly remember it well. That was the day a thunderstorm parked itself over the town and delivered the most damaging flash flood in the city’s history. Half a foot of rain fell in six hours, taking the lives of 12 people and destroying 65 million dollars worth of property. Two to five feet of hail covered the ground, which took several hours to melt, even after the storm had finally dissipated.

SCIENCE/WEATHER NEWS

A 2.5 earthquake rattled parts of the Chattanooga area Tuesday morning. The quake was centered near the airport and no damage has been reported.

On Friday, NASA will announce the astronauts that have been chosen to launch from U.S. soil and head to the International Space Station. This will be the first launch from the U.S. since manned launches ended in 2011.

NASA had this to say, “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems designed to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit. The Starliner and Crew Dragon will launch American astronauts on American-made spacecraft from American soil to the International Space Station for the first time since NASA retired its Space Shuttle Program in 2011.

Commercial transportation to and from the space station will enable expanded station use, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery aboard the orbiting laboratory. The station is critical for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight, and necessary for a sustainable presence on the Moon and missions deeper into the solar system, including Mars.”

We wish the astronauts Godspeed and successful missions.

You all have a great day!

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