A nice day couple of days, before more storms threaten for Thursday

This blog published the morning of April 16, 2019.

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Main threats

THURSDAY: Strong to severe storms are possible Thursday evening. Monitoring.

Summary

We have a nice couple of days ahead of us! The only differences between today and tomorrow is that the temp will be a few degrees warmer on Wednesday and winds will be picking up, gusting to 20 mph by the afternoon. At least those will be warm winds.

That wind is helping blow in our next storm system. This system looks to be especially potent well to our west, where a severe wx outbreak is expected tomorrow across the southern plains. Leftovers of that activity will arrive Thursday evening and some of our storms could pack a bit of a punch. I’ll keep you posted.

We may also see some heavy rainfall with Thursday evening’s system. Be aware of that.

Below is the graphic issued by the NWS Nashville office. This for the day Thursday. Activity will move east during the evening, hopefully weakening as it does so. I’ll be tracking it all!

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Friday and Saturday are looking mostly cloudy with showers. There will be enough cold air aloft to get us a chance for isolated t-storms. These storms could produce small hail but that is just due to so much cold air up in the atmosphere. That chance for t-storms is greatest on Friday. Saturday may just feature some showers, with skies possibly becoming partly cloudy by afternoon.

Easter Sunday is looking fantastic! That good weather continues on Monday with a warming trend starting off our new work week.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The world’s tallest snowman stood at 113.6 feet tall. It took two weeks to build “Angus”. The snowman was built in Bethel, Maine in 1999. He still hasn’t melted.

I’m just kidding. Of course he’s melted. (haha)

Records

Today is a very historic day in Tennessee weather history. It wast the day a major U.S. city was struck by a significant tornado (F-3) in the downtown area. Nashville joined the ranks of only a few other cities that have been directly impacted by a strong tornado. Miraculously, only one person lost their life. The year was 1998.

The supercell responsible for that tornado tracked all the way across Middle TN, spawning another F-3 up near Byrdstown. That storm destroyed 40 homes and 22 mobile homes in Pickett County. Another 100 barns were destroyed and 95% of the trees in the path of the tornado were destroyed.

It was also on that day that Tennessee recorded it’s one and only F-5 tornado. In all of our history, only one F-5 has been recorded and that was on April 16, 1998. Thankfully, the violent tornado stayed over open countryside in southern Middle TN. The storm did hit some well-constructed brick homes and they were completely leveled (F-4 damage). There were numerous trees that were debarked. The F-5 rating came from a confirmed damage report that a one-ton flatbed truck was hurled 20 miles! Pastureland had the grass striped from it, and up to one foot of top soil removed. Some of the fields along the 20-mile path looked as if they had been plowed.

The supercell that spawned this tornado produced three violent tornadoes along it’s path that day. This was one heck of a storm!

One has to wonder what on earth would have happened if that tornado had been 75 miles farther north. That would have put an F-5 in Nashville.

Almanac

Today’s low temperature was 40.3 degrees at 3:28 a.m.

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Yesterday’s record high: 81 (2002)

Yesterday’s record low: 23 (1957)

Today’s record high: 85 (1955)

Today’s record low: 24 (1962)

Today’s sunset: 7:14

Tomorrow sunrise: 6:03

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 10 mins 09 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 12 mins 17 secs

One year ago today

I did a double-take on this one, just to make sure I saw the numbers right. The high temperature on this day last year was only 35 degrees! The morning low as 29. That must have been a strong cold front we had the day before! A trace of precip fell. Winds were from the north, gusting to 28 mph.

Talk about a far cry from today’s weather! What a difference a year makes!

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 88% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The Full Moon arrives in the morning at 6:12, but it will be so bright through the night. Go out and take a look if you get a chance.

News

Yesterday, news came out from NASA that a study has revealed that when meteoroids strike the moon, water vapor is ejected up from the Moon’s surface. This vapor even hangs around in the Moon’s thin atmosphere for a short period of time. This is a huge finding because it reveals just how close to the surface moisture is there. There is now evidence that one only need to go just below the surface to find moist soils.

In order for water vapor to be scattered into the air, the meteoroids had to impact at least three inches deep. That’s not too deep! Don’t get too excited, though. The soil is still very, very dry and much like our desert soils. One would need to process more than a metric ton of Moon soil to gather 16 ounces of water. Still, at least we know there’s moisture there.

In the past few years, NASA has discovered much larger quantities of ice at the poles of the Moon. In one crater alone, there is enough ice to melt down and equal a dozen two-gallon buckets of water. So, if you’re ever on the Moon and you get thirsty you better get to the poles!

I’m just full of life-saving advice, right? 🙂

You all have a great day!

Some sites sharing my blog show the last image displayed as the headline for their page, so I’ll likely need to show the 7-day one last time here.

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