A drier finish to April, followed by a wetter start to May

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Main threats

No hazardous weather is in sight.

Summary

We’re looking at two very nice days in a row, before some much-needed showers begin making a comeback. Things dry out fast this time of year and plants and trees need lots of water right now. The showers we pick up the second half of this week will be quite welcome.

The good news, too, is that there are no indications of widespread severe weather for the next week to ten days. That is incredible for this time of year around here. Sure, a strong storm or two could happen but we’re just not seeing the ingredients for a widespread severe weather outbreak.

The wettest day of the week will likely be Friday, with just isolated to scattered showers/t-storms on the other days with rain chances. There’s also no significantly colder air in sight, though we all know Blackberry winter is coming at some point. I looked as far out as I can with the model data this morning and I can see the makings of a strong cold front coming about this time next week. We’ll see if that ends up being Blackberry winter. The thunder in February said we’d have frost around May 6, you know?

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Chicago isn’t called the “windy city” because of the weather. That nickname originated in the late 19th century and was in reference to all the hot air city politicians were known to blow.

Records

Today is the anniversary of a terrible tornado outbreak that hit Middle Tennessee. Sixty-two people lost their lives, making this the third deadliest tornado outbreak in Middle TN history. The year was 1909. The second, single deadliest tornado to hit the Midstate occurred with this outbreak down in Giles and Lincoln Counties. That was when a powerful F-4 killed 31 people and injured another 70. The community of Bee Spring lost 22 people.

Another powerful twister, this time an F-3, hit Hickman and Williamson Counties, just south of Nashville. That twister killed 17, as it destroyed 75 homes. Another F-3 struck Clarksville, northwest of Nashville, killing four. At least 12 tornadoes struck that evening and into the overnight hours.

Killing 60 people in Tennessee, this was the deadliest tornado outbreak for our state until March 21, 1952. That outbreak killed 64 people died statewide.

The map below shows the tornado paths across Middle TN. You’ll notice that the plateau even had some tornadoes.

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On this day in 1963, a violent twister struck Shannon, Mississippi, near Tupelo. The tornado destroyed 27 homes along it’s 18-mile path. Most impressive was when it crossed Highway 45 and ripped away the asphalt, throwing it hundreds of yards away.

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Yesterday’s record high: 84 (1994)

Yesterday’s record low: 32 (1992)

Today’s record high: 84 (2017, 1994)

Today’s record low: 29 (1992)

Today’s sunset: 7:25

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:47

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 36 mins 56 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 38 mins 53 secs

One year ago today

It was a pleasant spring day, with a high of 62 degrees and a morning low of 39. No rainfall was recorded.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon rise: 3:55 a.m. Tuesday morning

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 27% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Clouds will likely hinder a good view of the sky. However, if you should catch a break and skies clear this evening be sure and look for Sirius in the southwestern sky. It is the night sky’s brightest star. Just look about 10 degrees high in the sky.

Below is a map of the night sky at 8:00 p.m. Sirius is circled in green in the southwest sky.

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News

The severe weather threats seem to have already made a big shift westward. The threat this week can be found across the southern plains and Midwest. That’s often how it goes. The severe wx starts in the South in the early spring and then gradually shifts to the southern plains. Then, it shifts northward to the northern plains by June.

You all have a great day!

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