A very unsettled pattern

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Main Threats

Today-Wednesday: Heavy downpours that could lead to localized flash flooding.

Summary

Our forecast remains rather unchanged, with continued chances for scattered showers and storms. The rain should decrease in intensity this afternoon and turn to scattered showers, before picking back up again tonight in both coverage and intensity. Be careful if you’re out driving after dark. Some of the roads are starting to hold water and you sure don’t want to hydroplane.

We’ll see more scattered showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday, with another 1-2 inches of rain coming for most of us. The front pushes through on Wednesday, but another disturbance is expected to swing through here on Thursday. That should set off more showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Putnam, Overton, Pickett, and Fentress Counties until 7:00 this evening. Be especially careful if you have travel plans to these areas today. This watch does not include Cumberland County, but it’s close enough that we should be mindful of heavy rainfall. I have collected a little over 4″ of rain in my gauge in Rinnie over the past 36 hours.

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Tropics

The tropics continue to look active. We still have the remnants of Florence that have circled back around and are threatening the coastal regions of North Carolina. The good news is that even if the system regenerates it will not move inland and hit the already flooded areas of the Carolinas. The front we have coming through here on Wednesday will sweep that system well out to sea.

We also have Tropical Storm Leslie, but that storm is moving out to sea. Another disturbance to her north is showing better organization, so we may end up with two tropical storms spinning out to sea together, off into the sunset….. ahhhh. (ha)

Kirk is one to watch. He’s struggling and, after becoming a storm on Sunday, has now dropped back down to depression status. However, he is expected to become better organized and become a storm again soon. Kirk is tracking off to the west and will enter the Caribbean by Saturday. I’ll keep an eye on him.

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Records

The cold streak continues and Nashville drops to 36 degrees for the second time in three days. September of 1983 was a frosty one, folks, and many of those September morning lows set that year still stand today.

During this week of 1950, wildfires in western Canada were producing phenomenal amounts of smoke. Upper level winds carried that smoke into the eastern U.S., where skies were darkened to night over much of the Northeast. Throughout the rest of the eastern U.S., the sun shone as a tan, pink, purple, blue, or lavender color, depending on the amount of smoke in the atmosphere.

This last one is another lightning tale of caution. You know I’m always saying to watch out for that lightning. It only takes one strike for you to change your address to Heaven.

Interestingly, this lightning story reminds me of a news story I heard on the radio as I was driving to work one morning last week. A Bridgeport, Connecticut lady’s electricity had gone out after severe storms hit that area. She was fumbling around in the dark in her junk drawer for a candle. She found one and struck a match to it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a candle, after all, it was a stick of dynamite. Thankfully, it was only  a quarter of a stick of dynamite. She survived but she’s minus a few fingers now.

Which brings me to today’s record….

On this date in 1972 a young man in Waldport, Oregon was struck by lightning. Now, while that is tragic enough, I have to also report that he did not survive.

He was carrying 35 sticks of dynamite when he was struck.

Always be careful if you’re out and about in lighting…..

 

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