Kickin’ the “snow” can down the road…

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Main Threats

Wednesday night/Thursday morning: mixed wintry precipitation. Possible light accumulation if temps are sub-freezing with precip (unlikely but I’ll watch it).

Thursday evening/night: Another round of possible light wintry precipitation.  This could impact Friday morning travel (stay tuned).

Summary

It seems we keep kicking the “snow” can down the road. Last week it looked like Monday night would be wintry. Temps, however, stayed above freezing and kept us all liquid. Then, it looked like Tuesday would be wintry, but that is no longer the case, as temps have stayed warm enough to be rain (though it’s been cold rain!). Then, it looked like Wednesday night could be problematic, but that looks less likely all the time (though not 100% impossible). Now, we look to Thursday night/Friday morning for a chance of light snow. Stay tuned.

As you can see from the five-day outlook, we are in an unsettled pattern. Cold daytime rain could turn to a nighttime mix of wintry precip. This pattern doesn’t look to break any time soon. Models are already hinting at another shot of wintry precip Sunday, but that’s way too far off to say anything with any certainty. With so much cold air hanging around, we’ll keep looking for snow flakes. Stay patient, Snowbirds! ha

The months when the seasons are changing are the toughest to forecast for. With so many systems always on the move, each shuffling warm, cold, dry, and moist air in ever which direction. It’s hard to know when combinations of each will give us rain or snow. You have to check the forecast daily and sometimes a few times a day!

I may need to add rain chances to Wednesday morning but for now I’ll be optimistic and say we’ll be drier. Friday is looking decent (at this time). We just have to watch the timing of these systems that keep swinging through, speeding up and slowing down as they approach.

Tropics

With so much weather going on, I almost neglected to see that we have a possible tropical storm developing in the Atlantic! That seemed to come out of nowhere. That’s summer still trying to hold on. This is why you can’t let your guard down during these “change of seasons” months! The system is looking less organized, however, and it may not develop as expected. Still, it’s worth watching.

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Records

You may recall the story I shared with you all on Saturday about the dust bowl affecting Tennessee. It was the story I had published in the newspapers. Well, it was on this day in 1933 that that dust arrived in Tennessee. One thing is for sure, had that dust arrived in 2018 it wouldn’t have stood a chance against all the rain we’ve had!

The first of the big dust storm had actually spread from Montana. The storm reached the Ohio Valley on the 11th and then spread southward into Tennessee and Georgia. Some of the dust continued eastward. Rain in New York City turned black and falling snow in Vermont turned brown. Here in Tennessee, visibilities in many locations dropped to one half of a mile or less.

We can be thankful that we don’t have any of that today!

Also on this date, General Electric scientists produced the first snow in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The snow was the result of the first modern-day cloud seeing experiment. The year was 1946 and there still hasn’t been a lot of progress with cloud seeding.

News

I turned in my first story to the Scott County News yesterday! I polished up my story about the woolly worms for them to enjoy. Here’s hoping for many, many more weather articles for those folks to hopefully enjoy!

You all have a great day!

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