A good day to be indoors

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Main Threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

We’ll see rain showers throughout the day, tapering off the later into the day we go. Rainfall shouldn’t be too heavy, so widespread flooding is not expected.

The clouds will likely be stubborn to leave on Sunday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the sun makes an appearance some time in the afternoon or evening. You should see a lot more of that sun the first half of our work week.

Temps will be mild for this time of year, with pleasant afternoons and frosty mornings.

Records

On this day in 1901 a very strong cold front crossed our state. The temperature at Nashville reached a high temperature of 42 degrees on December 13th, but after the arctic front passed through during the night, Nashvillians woke up to temps a couple of degrees below zero! One thing is for sure, the folks who didn’t check the weather forecast, and assumed this day would be as warm as the day before, were in for quite the shock when they stepped outside to go to work that morning!

Almanac

Sunrise: 6:43

Sunset: 4:27

Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins 54 secs

Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins 38 secs

One year ago today

On this day last year we were cold! Our high temperature only made it one degree above freezing, giving us a high of 33 degrees. The day started with a morning low of 23. There was no precipitation and the highest wind speed of the day was 14 mph.

The first half of the day was cloudy, followed by fair skies for the afternoon and evening.

News

I didn’t get to share my weekly newspaper article with you last weekend because of all the wild weather we were having. I decided that since this weekend is so much quieter, I would go ahead and share that article with you here. Tomorrow, I’ll be back on track and I’ll share with you the article I had printed in the papers this week.

I hope you enjoy!

The End of Another Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season officially came to an end November 30th. An average season produces 12 named storms, with six of those storms becoming hurricanes and three becoming major hurricanes.

A tropical storm is named when maximum sustained winds reach 39 mph. This year 15 storms reached that threshold. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph. Of the 15 storms that became named this year, eight reached hurricane status. Two of those eight reached “major” hurricane status, meaning their maximum sustained winds reached 115 mph or greater.

Some tropical systems become so destructive that their name gets retired and is never used again. This season contained two storms that will likely have their names retired.

Frances brought catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas. The hurricane slowed to a crawl, leading to historic rainfall totals along coastal communities. The storm led to criticism of the National Hurricane Center when forecasters feared the storm would make landfall as a major hurricane. Instead, the winds died down before landfall, and that is when flooding became the main threat. A tropical system’s greatest threat is most often flooding, not wind.  

Hurricane Michael became the most powerful hurricane to ever strike the Florida Panhandle. The category four hurricane was just one mile-per-hour shy of reaching category five status when it made landfall. The highest category a hurricane can reach is category 5. The hurricane’s storm surge completely wiped out Mexico Beach, Florida. The storm also made history by making it all the way to southern Georgia as a major hurricane.

This season was an active one and many of us are glad to see it end. Let’s not forget those who are still recovering and will be doing so for years to come.

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