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Main Threats

Sunday night-Tuesday: Flooding from heavy rainfall on saturated soils. If you live in a flood-prone area you need to monitor this closely.

Summary

We have a nice couple of days on tap for us, though it is significantly cooler than what we’ve been used to this week! At least we have a some sunshine to look forward to.

The next storm system to affect us will move in on Sunday. Look for showers to develop as we go through the day, giving us pretty good coverage by Sunday evening. There are some indications that the precip could move in early enough to be a light wintry mix, but that does not look to be a big problem. Still, I’ll keep an eye on that.

Rain will likely become heavy at times Sunday night through Tuesday, with several inches of rain falling across the plateau. With soils already saturated and water tables so high, we will have to be very mindful of flooding. Right now, models are suggesting 2-4 inches of rain.

There may be some thunderstorms from time to time, but widespread severe weather does not look likely. This is primarily a heavy rain threat.

Records

I know it’s cold out there today, but you better be glad you weren’t here in 1835! Also, you’d be 184 years old, but I digress.

A cold wave like no other gripped the Southeast. Jacksonville, Florida dipped to zero degrees! It even got down to zero degrees in Savannah, Georgia. It was reported that Orange trees were killed to the roots! I can’t imagine how cold it must have been here on the Cumberland Plateau.

A strange thing happened in southern California on this day in 1989; snow fell! A very powerful winter storm moved into the southern parts of California and produced snow from the beaches of Malibu to the deserts of Palm Springs. Falling snow created a traffic nightmare in the city of Los Angeles, were drivers are not accustomed to such weather. Marysville, California recorded an all-time record low of 21 degrees. Marysville is just north of Sacramento. Sixteen other western cities also set all-time record lows.

This one is for us snow lovers! On this day in 1985 Blue Canyon, California recorded 42 inches of snow in only 24 hours! That set a new 24-hour snowfall record for the state. Can you imagine 3 1/2 feet of snow in a day!? I think it’s safe to say that would completely shut down the plateau! haha

Almanac

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Record high: 66 (1994)

Record low: 0 (1995)

Today’s sunset: 5:14

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:32

Today’s day length: 10 hrs 41 mins 16 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 10 hrs 43 mins 18 secs

*We set a record high of 73 yesterday, shattering the old record of 64 degrees.

**This morning I noticed our average high for this time of year ticked up one degree, from 46 to 47 degrees. Spring is getting closer!

One year ago today

It wasn’t too bad around here a year ago. We enjoyed an afternoon high of 46 degrees, after starting the day off at 24. Skies were cloudy until about 8:30 in the morning, then those clouds broke up and led to a nice day. Winds were calm and no precipitation fell.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: EXCELLENT

Moon phase: waxing crescent, 11% illumination

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What to look for?

Tonight will be a good time to use the Big Dipper to find the North Star, also known as Polaris. The Big Dipper will be low in the northeastern sky after nightfall, but it climbs higher into the sky as night goes along. I’ve attached two pics to guide you in your search! The International Space Station will fly over this evening, too. I have details on that in the News section below!

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News

The Nashville NWS confirms there were two EF-0 tornadoes that touched down Wednesday evening in Middle Tennessee. One was in Wilson County (Lebanon) and one was in Rutherford County (Murfreesboro). Both were on the ground for about a mile and had winds of around 75 mph. That was the evening we had all the heavy rain across mostly the northern end of the county.

If snow is what you want then you need to head over to Mammoth Mountain, California this weekend (ha). They have picked up 11 feet of snow so far this month, and it’s only February the 8th! That’s right, 11 feet in eight days! I think that would satisfy my inner snowbird. (ha)

I’m signed up to receive alerts when the International Space Station will be doing a flyover. They just sent me a notice saying it will be flying over the plateau this evening at 6:37 pm. It will be visible for 4 min, have a max height of 88°. It will appear at about 10° above the northwest horizon and disappear at about 48° above the southeast horizon. Go out and look up! Sky viewing conditions should be good for it!

You all have a great day!

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