A beautiful weekend ahead

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Main Threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

Look for scattered, light rain showers to continue for most of our Friday, tapering off toward evening. We shouldn’t see anything heavy today but it sure will be a cloudy day. The clouds will break just in time for us to have a really nice weekend. Get out and enjoy it!

Another system will begin threatening by Monday, but it doesn’t look all that impressive. Some cooler weather will come in behind that system but it still won’t be unseasonably cold around here next week.

The pattern doesn’t look to significantly change until next weekend. More details on that as we get closer to that time. For now, make plans to get out and enjoy this beautiful, spring-like weekend!

Records

This was a stormy day on this day in 1997. In Houston County, just west of Nashville, a man was killed instantly when winds estimated to be 110 mph picked up his mobile home and wrapped it around a tree. The mobile home traveled 100 feet before making contact with the tree. Storms produced numerous reports of wind damage around the Nashville metro area.

Now, for more wintry records….

Sacramento, California recorded 3.5 inches of snow on this day in 1888. This is the all-time record snowfall for this area. They came close to that record 88 years later, when they measured two inches of snow on February 4, 1976.

In 1989 fierce and frigid winds struck New England. Wind chill readings were as cold as 60 below zero across parts of Maine. Mount Washington, New Hampshire had wind gusts to 136 mph, with air temperatures hovering around 30 below zero. Those conditions created wind chills of around 100 degrees below zero!

Remember the record I shared yesterday about the nation facing two winter storms and frigid arctic air in 1988. This came just after our country recorded a weird absence of snow cover on the first of January of that year. Well, on this day, that frigid arctic air had invaded a vast majority of the country with record cold temps. The only place spared up to this day was Florida.

Finally, in 1994 we had a big snow across the plateau! We were digging out from about half a foot of snow. Snow even fell in Knoxville, with several inches of snow being reported all across East TN.

Almanac

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Record high: 66 (2004)

Record low: 0 (1969)

Sunrise: 6:50

Sunset: 4:39

Day Length: 9 hrs 48 mins 56 secs

Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 49 mins 45 secs

One Year Ago Today

A year ago today we only reached a high temperature of 21 degrees. This was after a very bitter cold start of only 8 degrees. I think I just felt a chill just typing those numbers. Incidentally, last January was one of the coldest and driest on record for Tennessee.

There was a trace of precip recorded, in the form of light snow. That snow was only reported for about an hour, from about 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The rest of the day was just cloudy and cold. Winds gusted to 20 mph in the afternoon, making it feel much colder.

News

Below is a map issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) yesterday. It shows the number of winter storm warnings that have been issued by each NWS forecast office since September 1st. There are 122 NWS offices across the country. Notice that both the Memphis office and the Morristown (East TN) offices have issued at least one winter storm warning within their coverage area this winter, with Nashville not having to issue any. In fact, notice that interesting path from Michigan, down through Middle TN, with no winter storm warnings. Unless I’m overlooking someone, it looks to me like Maine and eastern Wyoming are the big winners so far. They’ve already had seven winter storm warnings issued in that area this fall/winter (and it’s only the fourth day of January!).

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This is another map releases showing the rainfall from 2018. It’s a different perspective. It highlights cities and towns that had their wettest year on record. The darker the red color, the more they blew that record by. Notice how the plateau really sticks out in TN. The big water winners of the year were folks along the southeast coast of North Carolina. Maps like these a meteorology graduate students dream come true (ha). There’s so much to study and figure out with patterns like these.

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FYI, for those of you interested in tornado climatology for our area for 2018 be sure and check back here tomorrow. I have all those stats to share in your Saturday blog!

You all have a great day and make sure to make plans to get outside tomorrow and Sunday!

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