Nice today, wind & rain tomorrow

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Main Threats

Thursday: Very strong winds throughout the day. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Isolated power outages are possible and caution is advised if you have outdoor plans in wooded areas. Watch those tree limbs and shallow-rooted trees! A wind advisory is in effect from 6:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Friday. The graphic below is from the NWS Nashville office.

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Summary

Today is shaping up to be a nice day! Be sure and get out and enjoy it. One glance at that 5-day outlook above and you’ll know our dry weather is about to come to an end.

Tomorrow, winds will really kick up from the south as we go through the day. That wind will blow in some warm temps and our next big storm system. Thankfully, the severe weather looks to stay to our south. We could see some heavy downpours of rain and we should all pick up 1-2 inches of rain from this system. Those of you who get some thunderstorm activity may pick up even more rain that that.

That rain tapers off during the day Friday and that will lead to a partly to mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday morning. That break will be short lived, as our next system quickly develops and moves in for Saturday night and Sunday, bringing more rain.

Records

It was a temperature roller coaster for Miami during this week in 1983. On this day, they recorded a record morning low of 33 degrees. Remember, this is that awful arctic blast of 1983 that shattered so many record lows for Christmas Day. That cold air was filtering into southern Florida by the 26th. Interestingly, three days prior to that 33-degree morning low, Miami had record highs in the 80s. Three days after the 26th, they were breaking record highs again with temps in the 80s.

On this day in 1987 a major ice storm struck portions of the lower Mississippi River Valley and southern plains. Southern Missouri was compared to a great big ice skating rink, with all roads completely impassable, even with 4-wheel drive vehicles. The damage to trees and power lines was compared to that of a 100 tornadoes.

In Oklahoma, the ice accumulated to 1-2 inches from Normal to Tulsa in a 40-mile wide band of destruction. The ice was made even worse by gusty winds. Folks in this swath of ice were without electricity for up to two weeks.

In 2003, a major snow storm struck Utah. Numerous avalanches resulted from the 1-2 feet of snow. Several deaths were reported, all as a result of avalanches. Three people were last seen snowboarding near Aspen Grove, an area hard hit by avalanches in this storm. They were presumed dead, though their bodies were never recovered.

Almanac

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Sunrise: 6:49

Sunset: 4:33

Day Length: 9 hrs 43 mins 57 secs

Day Length Tomorrow: 9 hrs 44 mins 17 secs

We’ve already added 52 seconds to the day since the days started getting longer on Saturday! By tomorrow, we will have added one minute and five seconds.

One Year Ago Today

This time last year we had a high temperature of 39 degrees, after a cold morning low of 23 degrees. No precipitation fell and winds were light to calm all day long. Skies were mostly cloudy.

News

It’s a very active weather day across the country! A major winter storm is affecting the central and northern plains, with a rather significant severe weather threat across Texas.

 

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. Some of us were left looking for something new to do on Christmas Day, as traditions that have existed in the past have been shaken by loss. For my parents and I, we decided to head to Cades Cove after having our traditional Christmas breakfast at my Granny and Pa Baldwin’s. It was a good trip and we enjoyed the snow capped mtns, tons of deer, and several turkey. We weren’t the only ones with this idea! It wasn’t too crowded but there were many other folks there, too. I took some pics that I hope you enjoy.

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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones who decided to go to Cades Cove for Christmas!
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Snow-capped mtns

 

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Cemetery decorated with red poinsettias
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The clouds were beautiful over the mtns

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