This week: No widespread hazardous weather is expected, though any storm that develops could contain frequent lightning, gusty winds, and torrential downpours of rain. Isolated, localized severe storms are possible, but they are not expected to be widespread.
Today’s showers and storms will be confined to the afternoon and evening hours and should remain quite isolated. The much better rain chances arrive on Wednesday and most (if not all) of us should see some rain. Our atmosphere is very humid and loaded with moisture, so any storm that develops could certainly put down some torrential downpours of rain. Please be aware of this if you approach one of these storms while driving.
Many of us will see rain again on Thursday, mainly in the afternoon/evening. Friday and Saturday look a little bit drier for us, but there will still be scattered showers and storms in the heat of the afternoons. This unsettled pattern looks to continue right on into next week, with mainly afternoon/evening showers and storms scattered about. The good news is that the scattered showers/storms will keep us from getting too hot. We all know how hot August can be around here!
Not much left to discuss. Just look for numerous showers and storms on Wednesday. Some of those storms could pack a punch, as they often do this time of year, so be aware of that. There’s also concern for localized flash flooding but that should stay localized and confined to some of the stronger storms.
Things have become very active in the eastern Pacific! Look at all those storms!
We still have a very major hurricane out there and Hector has been an impressive storm for some time now. Ignore the major news outlets that are dramatizing this storm. It is NOT headed for Hawaii and it was never expected to hit Hawaii. It was embarrassing listening to the news this morning (I literally blushed for a certain network). Hawaii has enough problems dealing with the Kilauea eruption. They surely don’t need to be scared to death over a hurricane that will pass 150 miles to their south. Below is the projected path of Hector. The Big Island is now under a tropical storm watch.
Hector has, at times, flirted with being a category 5 storm. It’s appearance on satellite has been incredible. As I discussed yesterday, landfalling hurricanes on Hawaii are rare. Had Hector headed for Hawaii, it would have forever changed their hurricane history. Let us all be thankful for this miss!
But Hector isn’t alone out there! There are four other systems spinning about. The U.S. is lucky in that the storms in the eastern Pacific spin to the west, out over the open waters of the Pacific. This bodes well for Mexico, too. Occasionally, one will swing east and hit Mexico but it’s definitely not the norm.
Some folks ask me why California doesn’t have hurricanes, even though they are on the coast. There are two reason. One, the water near the coast of California is too cool to support hurricanes. Hurricanes need water temps of at least 80 degrees. The water along the California coast flows down from Alaska, so it is quite cool. Second, the flow aloft takes storms west and out over the Atlantic. The same Trade Winds that bring storms toward us in the Atlantic are the same winds that carry Pacific storms away from our west coast.
Folks, the record today really should make you thankful for our weather that we have these days. On this day in 1930 an extreme heat wave was underway in Tennessee. In fact, a major heat wave was underway for a very large portion of the U.S. To make matters worse, the Great Depression had started in the previous fall of 1929.
Now, the country was absolutely baking in the heat of the summer of 1930. Drought and heat were widespread and winds were carrying away the topsoil out west. You think we have tough times now a days? Try being here 88 years ago.
The temp in Nashville hit 104 degrees on this day and that would be the start of a string of 100+ degree days all across our state. Just wait till I tell ya how hot we all get on the 8th of August, 1930. Tune in tomorrow!
In time, the dust from the Dust Bowl will arrive in Tennessee. I’ll have more on that later on.
Thunderstorms hit the Gulf Coast yesterday evening and some folks got some incredible pics of the storms moving in. I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing I am…”Man, that is perfect beach weather!”
You all have a great day and stay cool out there!