A picture-perfect spring day

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Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather in sight.

Summary

As for today, it’s a picture perfect spring day. Be sure and get outside if you can. Just be aware that pollen counts are ticking up again.

By tomorrow afternoon and evening, we may have to dodge a shower or two across the plateau. We may even hear a rumble of thunder. Those showers and t-showers should linger into Thursday. The rain chance is low both Wednesday and Thursday but some of us may get some rain.

Then, the pattern becomes hot and humid, with isolated afternoon/evening shrs or storms. Models have trended drier with this time period. It’s very similar to a pattern we would see in June or July. These rain and storm chances are certainly nothing to cancel outdoor plans for, but you should keep an eye to the sky and on the radar, just in case an isolated storm develops near you.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The dewpoint is the temperature the air must be cooled to in order for the humidity to be 100%. If the dewpoint is 65 and the air temperature is 65 degrees, then the humidity is 100%. If the dewpoint is 20 and the air temperature is 80, the humidity is very low. The farther apart the two temperatures are, the drier the air is (and vice versa). The dewpoint can never be higher than the air temperature because the air cannot be more than 100% saturated. Therefore, the air temperature must always be cooled to the dewpoint to reach saturation.

Records

On this day in 1834 a “very severe tornado” touched down in Florence, Alabama and quickly moved into southern Middle Tennessee. The twister struck Pulaski, Tennessee hard, carrying away fences and homes and destroying plantations. Some argue this tornado might have been violent enough to be classified as an F-4, or even F-5. However, there simply isn’t enough data or evidence from this time to safely draw that conclusion. Pulaski is due south of Nashville on Interstate 65, just before you go into Alabama.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 91 (1962)

Yesterday’s record low: 33 (2013)

Today’s record high: 87 (2018)

Today’s record low: 35 (1996)

Today’s sunset: 7:38

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:33

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 03 mins 51 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 05 mins 26 secs

One year ago today

The high almost reached a very warm 90 degrees, but stopped at 87. The morning low was 58 . No precip fell and winds were generally from the northwest.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: 3:10 p.m.

Moon set: 3:16 a.m.

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 77% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Yesterday, I talked about how Venus can’t be missed in that pre-dawn sky. What? You’re not up an hour before sunrise? Well, I have some good news for you! For those of you who are more inclined to look to the sky in the evening, Jupiter has ya covered. You can’t miss it!

Just go outside around 10:30 and you’ll see it shining bright in the southern sky. In fact, Jupiter is the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises in the morning. Using a telescope, you can easily spot Jupiter’s disk and four Galilean moons. I saw Jupiter last night and I can tell you that it is an unmistakable sight! Go out and look up!

Oh! And be sure and look for the lightning bugs!

News

I woke up this morning at 3:00 a.m. and immediately grabbed my phone to check the latest Storm Prediction Center outlook. Sure enough, the 4-8 day outlook is rampant with severe weather chances for the plains. Oh, to chase….  The severe weather starts up on Friday and runs through at least the middle of next week. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are all possible. Some of the tornadoes could be quite impressive. Need less to say, any chaser who can chase is making plans to head west by Friday.

You all have a great day!

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