A rainy/stormy Saturday

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Main threats

THIS AFTERNOON: HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG STORMS

THURSDAY: MONITORING FOR STRONG STORMS

Summary

A line of strong to severe storms is currently moving through central Arkansas. These are the storms we’ll watch out for by later this afternoon. As is often the case with these events, our idea of the timing of these storms is better today. Yesterday, I said to be looking for these storms between the hours of 2-6:00 p.m. Today, I can tell you to look for them between the hours of 5-9:00 p.m. The greatest risk for severe weather will stay west of Nashville, but we can’t rule out a strong (or even severe) t-storm on the plateau. Thankfully, the upper-level support will be outracing the line of storms by the time they get here.

Also, look outside. It’s cool and rainy. If it stays like this all day, we’ll just see a line of heavy rain come through with this squall line and maybe a rumble of thunder. Should the sun come out and warm us up more, we would be looking at stronger storms. That sunny scenario is looking highly unlikely.

With all that being said, the Storm Prediction Center did move the severe wx risk closer to us again. But, even they admit it was a tough call. If we stay cloudy and cool we have little to worry about. Here on the plateau, we remain in only the MARGINAL risk for severe weather. This is the lowest of the severe wx risk levels.

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The sun returns for our Sunday! That will be a welcome sight. This system doesn’t have much cold air behind it, so we won’t even cool off for tomorrow. It should be a nice, spring-like Sunday.

Our next system arrives the middle of next week with more heavy rain and strong chances. That system may also be followed by much cooler air. We won’t worry about all that just yet.

Records

A lot of record lows lately have come from the year 1960. In fact, the 1960s were a cold decade for the Southeast, with lots of record lows and lots of big snows (wasn’t that when Renegade Ski Resort was open?). On this day in 1960, an incredible snowstorm struck portions of Kentucky and West Virginia. A narrow swath of up to two feet of snow fell across central Kentucky, on over to West Virginia. Some drifts in West Virginia were as deep as 11 feet! Now that’s what I call a March snow! (ha)

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Record high: 75 (1974)

Record low: 3 (1996)

Today’s sunset: 5:42

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:56

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 44 mins 32 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 46 mins 43 secs

“One year ago today” and “Astronomy” have been left out for today.

News

If we can’t have sun here we might as well enjoy someone else’s pics of it, right? Astronaut Anne McClain wanted to help you get your weekend off to a nice start with these pics she took. What an incredible view from the International Space Station! Can you imagine 16 sunrises and sunsets a day?

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I’ll be watching those storms as they move our way later on today.

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