Not a bad first full day of spring

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

Spring showers should linger with us through the morning, ending by this afternoon. Skies should clear enough to make for a good view of the Full Moon by tonight.

The weather is looking good right on through the weekend. You’ll notice some breezy winds tomorrow, but the sunshine will warm things up for us. Our next storm system brings us some showers by Sunday night.

You can expect rain and storms for our Monday, with some heavy downpours possible. Thunderstorms look to be a possibility, as well. The latest data shows that the severe threat should stay very low with this system. Still, I’ll keep an eye on it.

After that system clears out, we should be in pretty good shape for a few days, with another warming trend setting in.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

If you tried to balance an egg yesterday for the spring equinox you participated in one the most believed science myths of all time. An egg’s ability to be balanced is based on the yolk inside and whether or not it is at the center of the egg. You are just as likely to balance an egg today as you were yesterday, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the equinox.

Records

Nashville recorded their hottest March temperature on record on this day in 1907. That was when Music City hit a high of 89 degrees!

On this day in 1932 a tornado outbreak struck Middle Tennessee and took 12 lives. One of the tornadoes was an F-4 in Giles county, located near the TN/AL border. Five tornadoes in all were reported and several of them were quite destructive. Believe it or not, we got off VERY lucky by just losing 12 lives…..

This outbreak was part of an even larger tornado outbreak that hit the South on this day. In all, 31 tornadoes were reported across the South. The final death toll was 334 people! At least 1,784 others were injured. Northern Alabama was hardest hit and Alabama alone lost 286 people.

Twenty years later another horrific tornado outbreak would hit the South. This time 343 lives would be lost. The towns of Judsonia, Arkansas and Henderson, Tennessee (Henderson is just south of Jackson, TN) were said to have been completely wiped off the map, with debris even being carried away. The only undamaged building in the entire town of Judsonia was a church.

Outbreaks like the 1932 and 1952 outbreaks led to the development of the watch/warning system that we have today. The 1974 super outbreak was the final straw and now we have watches and warnings that have saved countless lives.

Almanac

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Record high: 78 (2017)

Record low: 9 (1965)

Today’s sunset: 6:53

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:39

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

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 14 mins 13 secs

One year ago today

It was a cold day this time last year! Our high just climbed one degree above freezing, to top out at 33 degrees. The low was 26. Only a trace of precip fell.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon phase: Full Moon, 100% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The Full Moon will drown the night sky with light, making it very hard to see anything else. Still, go out and admire that big, beautiful moon!

News

The NWS Memphis published a cool flyer about lightning yesterday. I thought you all might enjoy!

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You all have a great day!

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