A nice day for a spring equinox!

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Main threats

MONDAY: STRONG STORMS and/or HEAVY RAINFALL (monitoring)

Summary

Astronomical spring begins today at 4:58! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, right? (ha)

Some spring showers will arrive just in time for the first full night of spring. Those showers will generally be on the light side and they should be out of here by Thursday afternoon. Total rainfall accumulation should stay around one quarter of an inch or less.

After that, a cool northwest flow will dominate the pattern. That will lead to sunny skies with warm afternoons and crisp nights.

Temps begin to really warm up again by Sunday afternoon, just ahead of our next big storm system. Showers could move in as early as Sunday night but right now it looks like the daylight hours of Sunday will be dry. It will probably be a bit breezy, as it often is ahead of our storm systems.

Rain and storms move in for our Monday and that should be a very wet day. As of now, the threat for severe weather looks low but I’ll keep an eye on it. Anytime we have a cold front swinging through in March there’s a risk for some rough storms. Again, as of now, that isn’t clear and I’m leaning more toward some heavy downpours with some rumbles of thunder.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Did you know it can snow when temperatures here at the surface are above freezing? Sometimes the air above us is so cold that snowflakes can make it to the ground, even if the air near the ground is above freezing. I have seen it snow with temps as warm as 40 degrees, but temps were decreasing rapidly with height that day (ie. steep lapse rates). Sometimes the warmer air near the ground is just too shallow to give the flake time to melt.

Records

Yesterday, I had a snow record for Nashville for when they measured 8.7 inches of snow in 1996. Today, the city has a snowfall record for measuring 8.2 inches of snow on this day in 1968. We can get some big snows in Tennessee this time of year!

On this day in 1990 spring officially began at 4:19 p.m. This was also precisely when the Northeast was in the middle of a paralyzing winter storm! Snowfall totals ranged from 12 to 30 inches. I bet they were wondering where spring was hiding that day!

Almanac

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Record high: 80 (2012)

Record low: 14 (1965)

Today’s sunset: 6:52

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:41

Today’s day length: 12 hrs 09 mins 38 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 11 mins 56 secs

One year ago today

We had a high temperature of 51 degrees and a low of 29. Only 0.08 inches of rain fell. The strongest wind gust was 28 mph from the west.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 99.9% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky

Clouds will likely obscure any decent view of the sky, but if you could see the sky you would see the last supermoon of the year.

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News

As I’ve been reporting, flooding across portions of the Midwest has reached historic proportions. I wondered/dreaded the day when flooding in these areas would be compared to the floods of 1993. That day is here. If you don’t think it affects you directly you better guess again. You’ll see those prices creeping up in the grocery stores sooner than later. Some of the best farmland in the U.S. is along the flood plains of these rivers and they are going to be under water for many weeks to come. That means spring planting will be very late (if ever). Some farmers are already saying this is the final blow for them and they will no longer be farming.

On a brighter note, I am VERY EXCITED to report that $150.00 worth of donations came in yesterday and already $20 has come in today for my St. Jude fundraiser!!! That brings the total to $1,922 as of this morning! We are SO close to $2,000, double what I pledged!

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Remember, you give right up until race day, which is April 27th! Just follow the link below and 100% of your donation will go straight to St. Jude! “The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes;jsessionid=00000000.app20102b?px=4948061&pg=personal&fr_id=97508&NONCE_TOKEN=88AB53BA56F66141509710DE14C867FD&fbclid=IwAR3IM6siGnP-KHNCXmf3V01xFvINANJetk6Js2El5lvuRZ-Qo4QhND5uyBw

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