May off to a wet start

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Main threats

No significant threats in sight.

Summary

We will see scattered showers and storms around today. In between these times we will see some sun. It’s a very late spring/early summer pattern we’re in. The strongest of storms should stay well to our west, though one or two strong storms could pop up on the plateau. Widespread severe t-storm activity is not expected.  This rain will be good for the flowering plants and for getting pollen levels down!

Showers and storms continue for our Friday and on into our Saturday. If you have outdoor plans be sure and keep an eye on that radar. Always be mindful of lightning.

Rain chances drop for our Sunday and we may just see an isolated shower or storm around.

Our next decent shot at rain and storms may hold off until next Wednesday.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The windiest city in America is Dodge City, Kansas. Their average wind speed is 13.9 mph. They are followed by Boston (12.3 mph), Oklahoma City, (12.2 mph) and Honolulu (11.2 mph).

Records

The worst flood in Nashville’s history began on this day in 2010. Nashville set a new one-day record rainfall of 7.25 inches. A two-day total would add up to 13.57 inches. That’s more rainfall than most tropical systems drop on the coast! The Cumberland River at Nashville reached its highest levels since flood control began, reaching a maximum height of 51.86 feet! Eighteen people lost their lives across Middle TN from the flooding.

The cause of the flooding was a stalled frontal boundary interacting with copious amounts of Gulf moisture.

Overall, the flooding experienced in Nashville during this flood was worse than that of New Orleans in Katrina. However, our emergency management was MUCH better equipped to handle it and that made a huge difference. This was also not in the news so much because this all coincided with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, as well as a failed car bomb in Manhattan.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 85 (2007)

Yesterday’s record low: 28 (1963)

Today’s record high: 85 (2012)

Today’s record low: 30 (1963)

Today’s sunset: 7:28

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:44

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 42 mins 44 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 44 mins 36 secs

One year ago today

The high was 79 and the low was 47. Not a bad spring day! No rain fell and winds were from the south.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon rise: 5:22 Friday morning

Moon set: 5:21 p.m. today

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 6% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Clouds will likely hinder the view.

News

I am at North Cumberland Elementary this morning talking to Ms. Carol’s Kindergarten class about the weather. Here’s hoping I can convert some of them into junior meteorologists! (ha)

You all have a great day!

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