Just like summer

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Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather in sight, though any afternoon/evening storm could be strong, with gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and cloud-to-ground lightning.

Summary

We have entered a very summer-like pattern and it’s ahead of schedule. We normally don’t see a pattern like this until later in June or July. Nashville is expected to hit 90 degrees for the first time this season. In fact, they may even go as high as 92!

The record high for Crossville for today is 86 degrees, set in 1962. It will be interesting to see how close we get to that, or if we break or tie that record.

As for those of us on the plateau, we’re basically locked into a hot and humid pattern that will feature slight chances for heat-of-the-day afternoon/evening showers or storms. That precip will be isolated, for the most part, and is nothing to cancel outdoor plans over. Just keep an eye to the sky and on that radar, just in case a storm threatens your particular area.

The best chance of rain comes Sunday evening and overnight. A system will pass through our area and should give all of us a shower or storm by the time Monday morning comes around. Monday afternoon and evening are looking nice.

Then, the heat builds back in and we drop back down to just isolated afternoon/evening showers/storms.

Always be mindful of that lightning. If you are close enough to hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Don’t become a lightning statistic.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The beginning of the hurricane season in the Pacific begins two weeks earlier than the hurricane season in the Atlantic. Hurricane season began on May 15 for the Pacific and will begin June 1st for the Atlantic. The storms are called hurricanes until they cross the International Date Line. As you can see on the map below, they are still called hurricanes as far west as Hawaii.

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Records

On this day in 1983 a golfer in Memphis was struck by lightning at Fox Meadows Course. The lightning went through his neck, down his spine, and out a pocket containing his keys. The bolt then went into a nearby tree. Miraculously, the golfer survived.

A severe t-storm in northern Spartanburg, South Carolina became stationary on this day in 1989. The storm dropped hail on the city for a solid 45 minutes. By the time the storm moved on, hail was knee deep! It was labeled “the storm of a lifetime.”

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 88 (1962)

Yesterday’s record low: 33 (1997)

Today’s record high: 86 (1962) In jeopardy today?

Today’s record low: 36 (1973)

Today’s sunset: 7:40

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:31

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 08 mins 31 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 10 mins 00 secs

One year ago today

The high was 79 degrees and the low as 59. Rain accumulated to 0.32 inches.

Astronomy 

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

Moon rise: 6:31 p.m.

Moon set: 4:59 a.m.

Moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 98% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Keep looking for Jupiter in that southeastern sky later in the evening. It usually comes up around 10:00 p.m. or so. It’s the brightest object in the sky, so you can’t miss it. If I notice it and it’s not in clouds, I’ll send out a message to remind you to go out and look.

Tonight is also a good night to look at Regulus through your binoculars. Regulus is in the constellation Leo the Lion (see chart below) and represents the lion’s heart. I have Regulus circled on the map. It appears to be one single star to the naked eye, but a look through binoculars will show you that it’s actually two separate stars! Go out and look up!

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News

This is not related to weather but it’s worth sharing. Yesterday morning, a friend of mine lost her husband after an extended illness. Some of us started a GoFundMe page for Carrie to help her with funeral expenses, etc. Her husband Tony leaves Carrie and their four adopted children behind. If you can help them out they sure would appreciate it. If you can’t give, please prayers for comfort and strength their way.

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The link to give can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-carrie-and-tony-vandever

We’ve already raised over $500!

You all have a great day.

 

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