A week fit for Spring

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Main threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

We sure do have a nice, spring-like forecast in store for us this week. It’s quite fitting that the first day of spring comes Wednesday.

We had a cold front come through yesterday and that’s why it got a bit breezy in the afternoon. The cooler air is trailing far behind it, but it will be filtering in as we go through the day. That should keep our high around 50 degrees.

Our next chance of showers comes late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. That’s nothing to get too excited about. We may end up with as much as 0.25 inches of rain.

The sun returns for Friday and Saturday, as temps rebound nicely. At this time, Saturday is looking amazing. Fingers crossed that forecast holds!

By Sunday, the pattern starts shifting back to an unsettled one. That pattern may lead to some rain and storms as early as Sunday night. We’ll worry about that later.

Records

Today was not a good weather day in Tennessee in 1925. A tornado outbreak struck our state and by the time all was said and done, 41 lives had been lost and 95 people were injured. Twenty-nine of those deaths were in Sumner County (home of Gallatin). One of the tornadoes touched down near Gallatin and stayed on the ground right on into Kentucky, devastating communities along the way. Eight lives were swept away in one home alone. Trees were said to have been flattened in deep valleys as much as they were on the hilltops. Many homes are completely swept away, leaving only traces of debris behind. The tornado destroyed 150 homes and was rated an F-4. This was the third deadliest tornado in Middle Tennessee history.

As a side note, the second deadliest tornado in Middle Tennessee would strike this same general area on February 5, 2008. That tornado would kill 22 people in Sumner County.

The deadliest tornado in Middle Tennessee history hit near Livingston on May 10, 1933 (35 fatalities).

Almanac

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Record high: 81 (1982)

Record low: 14 (1967)

Today’s sunset: 6:50

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:44

Today’s day length: 12 hrs 05 mins 03 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 07 mins 20 secs

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight:

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 90% illumination

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At nightfall, the moon will be due north of Regalus, the brightest star in Leo. Regalus represents the Lion’s Heart. In a couple of weeks, the moon will drop out of the evening sky and you will be able to see the lion very brightly.

The diagram below shows the sky if you look eastward at nightfall.

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News

The big weather news of the day seems to be the historic flooding taking place along the Mississippi River. Snowfall was much above average across the northern plains this winter and now it is trying to melt. Some places received some rain this weekend and that sped up the snow melt. Now, all that water is coming down the Mississippi River. Record flooding is expected over the next several weeks.

To make matters worse, many of the rivers on this end of the drainage basin are flooding because of all the rain we’ve had this winter.

The map below shows all the river systems that drain into the Mississippi River basin. Notice how it all converges on New Orleans. That’s a lot of rivers to drain and many of them are flooding.

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You will likely hear much more about this in the news in the coming days and weeks!

 

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