Winds of change

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THURSDAY: HEAVY RAINFALL & STRONG STORMS

Summary

Those winds of change will be howling today, so hold onto your hats today! Those winds will still be kicking tomorrow. These winds are in response to a very powerful storm system that is making its way up the plains today. This system is bringing horrific blizzard conditions to the northern plains.

We’re on the warmer side of the system, so we will be dealing with rain and wind. That moves in tonight, though an isolated shower can’t be ruled out for today. That rain really picks up tomorrow and we may even have some strong storms across the plateau to deal with by Thursday afternoon/evening. The Storm Prediction Center, once again, stopped short of including the plateau in the SLIGHT risk for severe weather. I agree with this call. I think we’ll be just far enough removed from the upper-level support to dodge another severe weather bullet. Never the less, I’ll keep an eye on it for you.

Below is the current outlook for severe storms for tomorrow. The plateau is currently in the MARGINAL risk (and will likely remain in this category).

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On Friday, the actual cold front finally moves through, which could kick of a shower or two. It’s nothing to worry too much about.

Then, we get set for a dry but cool weekend. Temps will be cooler than what we’ve seen lately, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t expect with a March cool-down. I’m just glad it won’t be raining!

Then, the models show a disturbance sliding through late Sunday night. This data will likely change over the coming days, but for now we’ll go ahead and include some snow flurries Monday morning. Some data suggest this may be more along the lines of light snow, with some light accumulation. I’ll keep you posted. It’s probably nothing to get excited about, but just keep this in mind for Monday morning.

Records

Speaking of snow…

On this day in 1993 we weren’t just talking about snow flurries, we were up to our knees in snow (literally!). Today is the anniversary of the Blizzard of 1993. Today would have been that Saturday. If you recall, the snow began falling the previous Friday afternoon and then continued in earnest through the night and through the day Saturday. I’ll never forget those howling winds!

Crossville officially recorded 18 inches of snow, though higher amounts were certainly possible. The wind made it almost impossible to measure. I remember drifts at home being 3-4 feet deep (if not more!). At one point, Crossville reported thundersnow and I remember us being mentioned on the Weather Channel for having that report.

We’re lucky that this storm featured a drier snow and that the wind kept that snow off the trees and powerlines. Otherwise, the blizzard would have been much more destructive.

I’ll never forget waking up that Saturday morning and looking outside. Our deck had well over a foot of snow on it. I got so excited! Then, I realized the snow must have blown off the roof and that’s why there was so much on the deck. But as I walked closer to the sliding glass door and looked around the yard, I realized there was this much snow EVERYWHERE! I thought I would have a heart attack. It wast the BEST DAY EVER! lol

Other substantial snowfall totals included: Knoxville (14″), Chattanooga (20″), Birmingham (13″), Atlanta 10″), and Mobile (3″). Mt. LeConte had 69 inches of snow!  It was a crazy storm and rightfully nicknamed the Storm of the Century.

Now, can we please have another one? 🙂

Almanac

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Record high: 79 (1967)

Record low: 10 (1960)

Today’s sunset: 6:46

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:51

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 53 mins 36 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 55 mins 53 secs

One year ago today

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Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 40% illumination

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News

The storm system crossing the plains today is going to be quite impressive. It expected to “bomb”, which means it will have a sudden and dramatic drop in pressure. The storm may even form an eye at some point! How wild is that? We see that happen in the strongest storm systems and I’m anxious to see if this one can pull that off. I’ll let you know if it does!

You all have a great day!

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