A sunny, hot start to Memorial Day weekend!

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Main threats

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

Summary

Our hot and dry pattern continues! Just be careful in the heat out there, folks. Our next good chance of rain may not come until the middle of next week. Until then, most of us will stay very dry. Still, in all this heat and humidity we can never completely rule out a very isolated shower or afternoon storm. Just be mindful of that if you’re out on the lakes. The chance of a storm is about 10%.

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WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

All severe thunderstorm and tornado watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. All severe t-storm and tornado warnings (severe weather is occurring) are issued by local National Weather Service offices. Most warnings for the plateau are issue by the Nashville office. The Morristown office issues warnings for Morgan, Scott, and Roane Counties.

Records

During the late evening of May 23, 1955 two tornadoes struck Blackwell, Oklahoma with in a few minutes of each other. The twisters killed 18 and injured 500.

Early the next morning, that same storm system spawned a tornado that struck Udall, Kansas. That tornado obliterated that community (EF-5?), killing 80 people. Half the town was either killed or injured by the tornado.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 89 (1996)

Yesterday’s record low: 38 (1961)

Today’s record high: 86 (1996) We could break or tie this record today!

Today’s record low: 37 (1979)

Today’s sunset: 7:46

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:26

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

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 20 mins 41 secs

One year ago today

It was a nice day! The high was 82, after a morning low of 66. Only a trace of rain fell, perhaps from a passing afternoon shower.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: 12:50 a.m.

Moon set: 11:24 a.m.

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 61% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

Look high in the sky after darkness falls and you’ll be treated to the magnificent sight of the Big Dipper. Just look up and you surely can’t miss it. But, just in case you need some help I’ve included a sky chart below. By the way, this chart can always be found at https://in-the-sky.org/skymap2.php?year=2019&month=3&day=5&town=4615145

The Big Dipper (aka Ursa Major) is circled in yellow. Looks for Mars in the western sky, as well.

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News

It’s yet another active day for severe weather across the southern plains. Storm chasers are having a ball. On that note, I’m happy to report that it sounds like the chasers are calming down and the chasing problems of Monday seem to be a bit more under control (rudeness, crazy driving, etc).  Heck, some storm chaser even pulled a gun on a farmer! Monday was pure madness on the plains, folks. Again, thankfully things seem to have calmed (police have since apprehended them).

With all the excitement of the weather this week across the plains and the announcement of my latest NASA invite, I haven’t had a chance to tell you all that I finally met my Kids on the Rise mentee, Emmanuel! Yes, we finally met. Pam Burris, Director of Kids on the Rise, and I had lunch with him at Stone Elementary on Wednesday. I think this is going to be a really good thing, folks. If you’re interested in making a difference in the life of a child who could use some mentoring, just let me or Pam Burris know and we can get you some info!

Prepare for some mentor/mentee stories in the future! ha

You all have a happy and south Memorial Day weekend!

 

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