Spring has sprung….again!

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

I think it’s safe to say we have made it through Dogwood winter. There will be more cool shots of air before summer gets here, for sure, but we’ll not see that this week!

Today and tomorrow are looking great. Models are trending drier with Wednesday and I just don’t see us getting much in the way of precip that day. Rain chances will pick up for Thursday and we could even hear a rumble of thunder. Still, this is not looking like a washout (at this time).

Showers may still linger for Friday but don’t be surprised if those get dropped.

Then, the weekend arrives and so far it’s looking good! Notice that Saturday is the big St. Jude race in Nashville. I have more info in the News section below.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

A freak lightning strike in the Democratic Republic of Congo struck a soccer team and killed 11 members of one soccer team, leaving the opposing team unmatched (and unharmed!). This led to accusations of witchcraft by survivors. It didn’t help that the score, at the time of the strike, was a delicately balance one all. This took place in 1998.

Voodoo meteorology strikes again! (ha)

Records

An outbreak of tornadoes swept across the South on this day in 1883. The town of Beauregard, Mississippi was completely destroyed by a very powerful twister. The tornadoes took the lives of 200 people.

On this day in 2011 the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis was impacted by a tornado. In fact, multiple tornadoes were seen moving toward the airport before everyone was forced to take cover. Windows were blown out and the roof of Concourse C was lost. The airport suffered extensive damage. Miraculously, only five people were hurt and no one was killed.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 86 (1963)

Yesterday’s record low: 25 (1956)

Today’s record high: 85 (1988)

Today’s record low: 31 (1986)

Today’s sunset: 7:19

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:55

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 22 mins 48 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 24 mins 52 secs

One year ago today

We reached a high of 58 degrees, after a morning low of only 52 degrees. You can almost always bet it was raining when the high and low are so close to each other. Indeed, we picked up exactly half an inch of rain. Winds were from the southeast.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: EXCELLENT

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 89% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Well, the Lyrid meteor shower peaked early this morning, but you can still see plenty of meteors tonight. You will have to battle that bright moon, though. If you just can’t spot any meteors tonight never fear. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks in a couple of weeks, just in time for the New Moon. The dark sky then will make those meteors much easier to spot!

News

Saturday is race day! I’m just hoping the weather stays on the cool side. I have now raised a grand total of $2,237!!! BUT, it’s not over yet. I can still take money right up to race day. If you haven’t given and would like to please go to this site to give. OR, you can arrange to drop your donation off here at TAP. I’m very tempted to pledge $3,000 (that’s the next tier of pledging) for next year and the total I have so far is certainly encouraging enough for me to do that. Still, it sure would be cool to see how close we can get to $3,000 this year!

Every penny you give goes to St. Jude. What a great cause!

I run. You give. It’s that simple. Well, simple if running a half marathon is easy….which it’s not! But this isn’t about me! (haha).

Here’s that link and you all have a great day!

https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes;jsessionid=00000000.app20102b?px=4948061&pg=personal&fr_id=97508&NONCE_TOKEN=88AB53BA56F66141509710DE14C867FD&fbclid=IwAR3IM6siGnP-KHNCXmf3V01xFvINANJetk6Js2El5lvuRZ-Qo4QhND5uyBw

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