Nice weather, for a change

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Main Threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

We are finally in a pattern that features some nice weather, with pleasant afternoon high temps and crisp, cool nights. I think we’ve earned this!

A chance for a shower will creep back in here for Monday, followed by scattered showers and storms for Tuesday. This is a progressive system, so we won’t see the rain we saw this week from a stalled out boundary. Skies will return to sunny conditions on Wednesday.

Tropics

The tropics are quiet again.

Records

Yesterday, I reminded you that fall brings a secondary peak to our severe weather season. The records reflect that today.

On this day in 1927 a tornado outbreak devastated communities from Oklahoma to Indiana. At least 81 people lost their lives. The bizarre part of this story is two-fold. First of all, of the 81 people killed, 79 lost their lives to one tornado! It cut an eight-mile long path across St. Louis, Missouri. The tornado may have been a combination of two separate tornadoes. Never the less, that one storm took the lives of 79 people.

The second odd thing about this story is that this deadly twister took the same exact path as tornadoes in 1871, 1896, and 1959. I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll pass on buying real-estate in that area!

On this day in 1987 a week of terrible flooding in Oklahoma would come to an end tonight. In fact, this was one of the worst flooding events that state has ever experienced. (Interestingly, they just had a similar flood event this past week). But, during this week in 1986 they had several rounds of storms that would drop more than half a foot of rain at a time. By week’s end, parts of the Oklahoma metro area were devastated.

Farther west in Arizona, heavy rains led to devastating flooding on this day in 1983. This is some of the worst flooding in Arizona state history. Rainfall amounts ranging from eight to ten inches fell across the state. Thirteen people lost their lives. President Reagan declared eight counties as disaster areas.

Interestingly, Hurricane Rosa in the Pacific will be moving into the desert Southwest early next week, bringing flooding rains that could be quiet devastating for parts of the desert.

You all have a great weekend! Wish me luck as I run the Hillbilly Half marathon in Leipers Fork, near Franklin, TN. I’ve never ran this race before but I hear it’s a hoot! 🙂

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