Storms out west, nice here in the east

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

If you want more active weather, just head west to Oklahoma and Kansas today. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all in the forecast for them today.

As for us, we have nothing but some clouds, sunshine and warm temperatures to look forward to today and tomorrow.

It looks like the next chance of rain should hold off until after dark on Wednesday. Then, we enter an unsettled pattern that will feature chances of showers and storms each day through Saturday. I don’t think any of those days will be a total washout, but definitely days to keep an eye on the radar for those showers and storms.

By Sunday, those rain chances drop off and activity becomes more isolated.

As I’ve been saying, there continue to be no indications of widespread severe weather for the plateau with this system. Still, a few storms could become locally strong, with gusty winds, lightning and heavy downpours of rain.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

A home can never explode from pressure differences from a tornado, therefore opening your windows before a tornado arrives is pointless. In fact, that is wasted time that you could be spending taking cover.

No home is so airtight that pressure can’t change with the storm. With cracks around doors and windows, vents for bathrooms and clothes driers, etc. your home has more than enough ways to quickly equalize air pressure. Plus, the tornadoes winds will take off your roof long before unequal pressure could be a problem!

Records

The tornado outbreak of 1909, that I told you about yesterday, continues today. It was shortly after 1:00 a.m. that an F-2 tornado roars through Cookeville and Algood. Yet another tears a path across Fentress, Morgan, and Scott Counties. Six deaths and 30 injuries resulted from these very early-morning tornadoes.

Many of you have probably heard of the big Tri-state tornado of 1925? Well, on this day in 1852 a tornado took the same path of the Tri-state tornado! Due to sparse settlement, only 16 people were killed. Seventy-three years later, the Tri-state tornado would take the lives of 695 people along this same path.

Below is a map the tri-state tornadoes took.

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Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 84 (2017, 1994)

Yesterday’s record low: 29 (1992)

Today’s record high: 86 (1962)

Today’s record low: 34 (2018)

Today’s sunset: 7:26

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:46

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

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 40 mins 49 secs

One year ago today

The high was a spring-like 74 degrees. That was quite the warm-up from a frosty low of 34 degrees! No rain fell and winds were light from the northeast. That dry air can really heat up and cool off fast!

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR to GOOD (depends on clouds)

Moon rise: 4:23 Wednesday morning

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 19% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Clouds will likely hinder any good sky viewing.

News

The big weather headlines today will come from the southern plains. An enhanced risk for severe storms has been outlined from eastern Oklahoma to southwest Missouri (see map below). A slight risk (yellow) covers a substantial part of real-estate across the southern plains and Midwest. Large hail, damaging winds, a few tornadoes are all expected. These storms are along the western edge of the high pressure that is in control of our weather today.

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You all have a great day!

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