A forecast fit for a cookout

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Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather in sight. Just be safe in the heat!

Summary

Well, it’s been a very warm week with no rain. Now that the weekend is upon us we might as well keep this streak going for a few more days, right? Yesterday’s high of 85 was a record and we may break more records over the coming days.

Make sure you take it easy in that afternoon heat. Just chill and stay cool in the hottest part of the day. Have your cookouts, etc in the evening and in the shade. I think we’ll have our first official 90-degree day of the season within the next few days.

Our next system may bring us some rain as early as Wednesday, but even that looks like isolated/scattered activity at this point. Still, we’ll be needing some rain at that point so let’s keep our fingers crossed for that!

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year. At any given moment, there are approximately 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. The U.S. has about 100,000 t-storms a year, with about 10% of those reaching severe limits.

Records

Remember on Monday I said we had snow on that day in 1894? Well guess what? Yeah, it snowed again here on this day in 1894! Can you imagine how bad we would be freaking out if we had two snows in the same week in the third week of May? I don’t think we got as much here on the plateau this go around, but southeast Kentucky was buried under half a foot of snow! What a crazy May that was!

On this day in 1940, a stationary severe t-storm produced hail that accumulated to 6-8 inches in Alda, Oklahoma. By the time the storm was over, some drifts of hail were up to five feet deep!

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 85 (2010,1970)

Yesterday’s record low: 39 (1963)

Today’s record high: 89 (1996)

Today’s record low: 38 (1961)

Today’s sunset: 7:46

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:27

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 18 mins 13 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 19 mins 28 secs

One year ago today

We had a high temp of 86 and a low temp of 61. A rainfall amount of 0.36″ was recorded at the Crossville airport.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: 12:11 a.m.

Moon set: 10:28 a.m.

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 70% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Well, you just can’t miss Jupiter tonight, folks. The giant planet rises before 10:00 and it will be quite the sight. It will be the brightest point in the sky until Venus rises in the morning. If you can see it through a telescope, you will get the rare opportunity to see Jupiter’s biggest moon, Ganymede set behind the planet at 12:41 a.m. That moon is so big it takes it 14 minutes to set! You’ll also be able to see the dramatic cloud features on the planet.

News

Well, I’m still recovering from my news from NASA. It was so hard to sleep last night! Clearly, I need to just start budgeting for these trips (ha). I spent my income tax return on the last launch opportunity (pretty cool way to spend that, right?). Now, I need another tax return. lol They can do that, right?

This is the most powerful rocket in our country’s arsenal of rockets and this will only be the third time it has been fired! I am so dang excited. I’ll be sharing the whole experience with you all, right here, so be looking for that. I’ll also share it all on my personal Facebook page. This will be June 21-22. I’ll have videos, pics, interviews with NASA and SpaceX folks, etc etc. It’ll be a blast! Please tell any friends you have who may be space enthusiasts!

You all have a great day!

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