This wx is no joke

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Main threats

FRIDAY: Storms on Friday could be on the strong side, though widespread severe wx is not expected at this time.

Summary

We’ve got some really nice weather in store for us for most of this week. Temps will be warming up under that nice spring sunshine.

A system approaches our area by Thursday night and that will bring our next round of rain and storms. As of now, widespread severe wx is not expected, though we could see some strong storms. It may be another scenario very similar to the one we had on Saturday evening.

Then, skies clear back out and we should be in store for a nice weekend. Fingers crossed!

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

When severe wx is striking, you’ll often hear a meteorologist talk about the hook echo that is showing up on a storm. This is an appearance of a storm on radar that makes it look like a fish hook. In the image below, notice that the bottom, left portion of the storm looks like a hook.

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Radar “sees” rain and hail falling. In the hook area, the lack of rain within the hook is a result of the air rising and rotating so violently that rain can’t fall to the ground, creating an area that is free of precip. If the radar image above were in play, you would see that hook rotating.

I’ll have more weatherFACTs using this image in the days to come!

Records

The first week of April in 1974 was a rough one. It would make history as having the most violent tornado week on record for the U.S. The worst of the worst would come on the third and the plateau would be one of the hardest hit areas in Tennessee. More on that on Wednesday.

Today was no picnic in 1974. A system that became quite energized set off a severe weather outbreak that would hit West and Middle TN hard. Three tornadoes made their way into the Middle TN area, all three of which were of F-2 intensity. The Nashville metro area was hit hard, with two fatalities and 21 injuries, along with millions in damages. The strongest wind gust ever recorded at the Nashville International airport was recorded on this day (96 mph).

The plateau was spared this particular severe weather episode but our day was coming…and soon.

Remember this system of April 1st. They will actually play a big part in the historic tornado outbreak that is coming for April 3, 1974.

Almanac

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Note: The times for the high and low for Sunday are not available for some reason.

Record high: 81 (2010)

Record low: 22 (1987)

Today’s sunset: 7:02

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:23

Today’s day length: 12 hrs 37 mins 0 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 39 mins 15 secs

One year ago today

The high was 56 degrees and the low was 42. It was a rainy day, as 1.35 inches of rain fell on this day. Winds were from the west, at times gusting to 32 mph.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: EXCELLENT

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 13% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The main thing to look for is Venus early in the mornings. It can be found about 10 degrees to the left of the crescent moon. She sure does shine bright! Get out there about half an hour before sunrise for the best of the show!

You all have a great day!

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