Enjoy this sunshine while it lasts

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight for our area.

Summary

You have to check the forecast daily this time of year. With fronts always on the move and the battle of the seasons in high gear. The forecast can change quickly!

But, don’t despair, the forecast for today and tomorrow remains unchanged. We’ll see lots of sunshine and warm temps. It’s the ideal spring forecast.

The only fly-in-the-ointment is that the winds of change will be howling by tomorrow afternoon. Wind advisories may be issued by the NWS. Winds gusts to 35 mph look very possible. Those winds will be southerly, so at least they’ll be warm.

Then, our next storm system moves in for Friday. It had looked like this system would push through and give us a nice Saturday. That is no longer the case. It now looks like a surge of moisture from the Gulf will overspread the area on Saturday, giving us quite the soggy day.

The forecast continues to look rather wet on Sunday, before the sun returns on Monday.

The good news with all of this is that it continues to look like the greatest severe weather threats will remain to our south. I’ll keep an eye on that, but that part of the forecast continues to look on track.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The wettest place on earth is Mawsynram, India. They receive about 36 feet of rain a year. That’s 432 inches. Even with our wettest year on record, we only got to about 85 inches last year. That’s still about five times less than Mawsynram, India gets every year! Talk about a duck’s paradise! (ha)

Records

On this day in 1994 a person was killed and 18 others were injured by a lightning strike in Antioch. Antioch is part of East Nashville. The lightning strike hit right in the middle of an Ultimate Frisbee match.

On this day in 2003 an unseasonably cold storm system brought 1-3 inches of rain to East Tennessee. The mountains saw 4-8 inches of snow.

And on this day in 2009, it was Good Friday and a tornado outbreak of 10 tornadoes swept across Middle Tennessee. One of those tornadoes was a violent EF-4 that ripped right through Murfreesboro, killing two people and injuring 58 others.

I was working for TEMA at this time and I was working nights. I had come home that morning and laid down to take a nap. I knew severe weather was possible but I had to get some shut eye. I woke up to the electricity flickering and it was too dark outside to be morning. I turned on the TV and couldn’t believe it. A huge tornado was moving right through Murfreesboro! Thank goodness that thing wasn’t a bit farther north. I was living in Brentwood at that time.

I’ll never forget watching the news when they went to a live camera that was watching traffic on I-24 in Murfreesboro. The meteorologist said, “The tornado should be crossing the interstate at any moment. ” It was reality TV at it’s most dramatic! I remember sitting there watching that screen…waiting…and then…..BOOM! There it went, right across the interstate! It was HUGE! Cars were flying around in all directions and it was gone as soon as it came. My mouth was on the floor! What an event!

Below is a map of the tornado tracks. Notice there was an EF-1 on the Cumberland/Putnam County border.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 84 (1978)

Yesterday’s record low: 25 (1972)

Today’s record high: 85 (1995)

Today’s record low: 24 (1960) Another record low from 1960!

Today’s sunset: 7:09

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:11

Today’s day length: 12 hrs 57 mins 06 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 12 hrs 59 mins 17 secs

One year ago today

It was a pleasant day, with a high of 58 degrees and a low of 33. No precipitation fell and winds were generally light and from the northwest.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: EXCELLENT

Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 26% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

I printed off a chart of the night sky at 8:00 this evening. There’s no significant celestial event to look for, but it sure will be a nice night to just go out and look up! With the moon being so dim these days, you’ll be able to see all kinds of stars.

If you’re up early in the mornings the planets are still putting on quite the show! Be sure and look for those before sunrise.

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News

A massive storm system is poised to bring severe t-storms to parts of the Plains today, followed by blizzard conditions for the northern plains. Winds to 60 mph and blinding snow are certainly possible. Some places may see historic April snowfall from this system.

All the counties in pink on the map below are under winter storm or blizzard warnings.  What a storm this is going to be!

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You all have a great day!

 

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