No significant threats in sight.
We have one more sunny day before the pattern changes back to a very unsettled one. By the way, today is the first time I’ve been able to put an 80-degree reading on the outlook above! Enjoy that sunshine, but hold on to your hats! Those winds are going to be very gusty by this afternoon and tonight. Some of those gusts may top 45 mph on the plateau. The NWS has placed the plateau and all of Middle TN under a wind advisory for this evening and tonight.
Tonight, the clouds thicken and the raindrops will start falling by Friday morning. We could even hear some thunder. Just as that front clears through Friday night, another surge of moisture moves north from the Gulf. This means a soggy Saturday. Another frontal system moves in for Sunday, bringing more rain and thunder. Finally, the sun should return for the beginning of our new work week.
The good news continues to be that the severe wx threat looks to stay to our South. Saturday could be quite the severe weather outbreak for Louisiana and Mississippi, but that looks to stay down there. It just looks like mostly April showers and thundershowers.
Dry air weighs more than moist air. That may seem strange, considering how “heavy” the air feels when the humidity is high. Still, air is made up of a mixture of gasses, with the two primary ones being Nitrogen and Oxygen. Both Nitrogen and Oxygen weigh more than water vapor. Adding water vapor means taking away Nitrogen and Oxygen, which would make the air weigh less.
The infamous Palm Sunday outbreak struck the Upper Midwest on this day in 1965. This one is still studied in many meteorology textbooks. Fifty-one tornadoes killed 256 people and injured another 1,500 across Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. At least 200 million dollars in damages resulted. The outbreak spawned 32 significant tornadoes, with 17 of those being classified as violent.
Yesterday’s record high: 85 (1995)
Yesterday’s record low: 24 (1990)
Today’s record high: 81 (1977) Could be broken today?
Today’s record low: 23 (1973)
Today’s sunset: 7:10
Tomorrow sunrise: 6:09
Today’s day length: 12 hrs 59 mins 17 secs
Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 01 mins 28 secs
One year ago today
It was a pleasant day, with a high of 63 and a frosty low of 30. No precip fell and winds were from the west all day.
Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR
Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 36% illumination
What to look for in the night sky tonight
Clouds should obscure the sky.
I was hoping I could tell you about the launch of the Falcon heavy rocket but it was delays last night at the last minute. Upper-level winds were a bit too high to safely launch the rocket. It was quite impressive to see how many people turned out to see the launch, only to be disappointed by it being cancelled.
Yesterday had big news in the Astronomy world! The first picture of a black hole was released! This news created quite the buzz on social media. It is a nice pic, though!
Is there something wrong with me if that pic makes me want a donut?
You all have a great day!