No widespread hazardous weather is expected this week.
Today will be our last hot day for a while. The pattern change that is coming with this next system will favor below-normal temps for the next week to ten days. Precipitation will be above normal.
Showers and storms should begin moving into the Midstate by Thursday afternoon and evening. The best chance of rain and storms for the plateau looks to come in the overnight hours of Thursday/early Friday. Some of the storms could be on the strong side but the set-up for anything stronger looks quiet weak at this point.
We may get a bit of a break on Friday, with cloudy skies and just a chance for a shower. That break will come ahead of a more unsettled pattern for the weekend that will favor lots of showers. The wettest day of the weekend will be Sunday, when we could even have some t-storms once again. I don’t recommend planning anything outdoors this weekend.
Total rainfall from Thursday to Sunday night could total 2-4 inches across the plateau.
The term “heat lightning” simply refers to lightning that is too far away to hear the thunder. This is most often observed on summer nights. Some folks think that “heat lightning” is a product of the hot summer night. That is a myth. It is just a t-storm that is too far away for you to hear the thunder (light travels faster and farther than sound).
It was a very winter-like day across Middle Tennessee on this day in 1947. Clouds and gloomy conditions led to a temp of 36 by the overnight hours.
On this day in 1784 a freak and deadly hailstorm hit the town of Winnsborough, South Carolina. Hailstones as large as nine inches in circumference killed several people and “a great number of sheep, lambs, and birds.”
Speaking of hail…today is the anniversary of the worst hailstorm in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas history. Baseball to grapefruit-sized hail struck the city, along with 100 mph winds. Damage exceeded 200 million dollars. Hail accumulated to a depth of eight inches.
Yesterday’s record high: 85 (1955)
Yesterday’s record low: 33 (1958)
Today’s record high: 85 (1993)
Today’s record low: 33 (1960)
Today’s sunset: 7:33
Tomorrow sunrise: 5:38
Today’s day length: 13 hrs 53 mins 44 secs
Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 55 mins 29 secs
One year ago today
The high was 76 and the low was 49. No rain fell and winds were from the west.
Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD TO POOR (just depends on cloud cover)
Moon rise: 8:40 a.m.
Moon set: 11:30 p.m.
Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 14% illumination
What to look for in the night sky tonight
The Big Dipper is the thing to see these days! It rides high in the north sky for the next month. The bend of the Big Dipper is marked by a double star system. The two stars are Mizar and Alcor. The two look like one big star to the naked eye but with a pair of binoculars (or telescope) you can easily see how they are actually two stars.
I didn’t get to meet my mentee with Kids on the Rise yesterday. The mother couldn’t meet us, after all. We’ll try it again later.
I’ll try again today to post my story from my weekend trip. It’s a busy time for us commissioners these days. It’s budget time!
You all have a great day!