Rain and storms scattered about

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Main threats

Today-Sunday: Just be aware that any storm that develops will be capable of very heavy rainfall, which could drop visibility to nearly zero if you’re out driving.

Summary

A slow-moving, washed out cold front has sagged into Middle TN. This will act as a trigger mechanism for showers and storms today, tonight, and tomorrow. Not all of us will see rain today, but the ones who do could see some gully-washers. The heaviest rain looks to stay just west of the plateau today, but that could easily expand our direction later on.

Showers and storms will continue to be scattered about the area on Sunday.

A much stronger cold front will move in Tuesday night and bring the chance for more rain and storms. Some of these storms could be strong as the front moves through.

The airmass behind this front will feature our first fall-like temps of the year. We may even see highs in the 60s by this time next week.

Tropics

The tropics are indeed becoming active again. Thankfully, nothing is of incredible concern at this point. The closest area to monitor is the disturbance off the Carolina coast. Believe it or not, this is actually some of the remnants of Florence trying to make their way back around. Hopefully, that won’t redevelop into anything.

Other disturbances will need to be watched over the next week or so, and I’ll be doing just that!

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Records

As you all know I’ve been saying, fall-like weather is on the way. On this day in 1983, fall-like weather was here! We were only 33 degrees here in Crossville on the morning of September 22, 1983! That is some frost-on-the-pumkin weather, folks! Even Nashville was down to 36 degrees. That is the coldest September morning low ever recorded for Crossville.

During this week in 1989, Hurricane Hugo was quickly losing strength as it crossed South Carolina. However, the storm was still a tropical storm as it moved just west of Charlotte at around 7:00 a.m. Winds at Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gust just shy of 100 mph. At one point, 80% of the city of Charlotte was without power.

Hurricane history was made on September 22, 2005 when Hurricane Rita reached category 5 status in the Gulf of Mexico. Cat 5 is the strongest rating we have for a hurricane. When Rita reached this status it was historical because this was the first time in recorded history that two cat 5s had been in the Gulf in a single season. Hurricane Katrina had been a cat 5 while in the Gulf just four weeks earlier. Both storms weakened below cat 5 status before making landfall.

You all have a great weekend!

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