The calm before some strong storms

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Main threats

WEDNESDAY: Some storms in the afternoon/evening could become strong to severe. Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats.

Summary

We are in for a very nice day, folks! Get outside and enjoy it if you can. We all know the hot and humid days of summer are about to become much more common, so appreciate these fall-like days when we get them!

By tomorrow, a very dynamic and vigorous disturbance will rotate across our area. While surface moisture is a bit limited, due to the cold front that swept through yesterday, there should still be enough instability to generate some strong to severe t-storms, especially given the strength of this disturbance. Not all of us will see storms, but the ones who do get storms could see some intense activity.

That clears out Wednesday night and leaves us with a nice Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I went ahead and added a 20% chance of a storm on Saturday but, right now, that chance looks best for you folks north of I-40. Even then, the chance is slim.

Another system moves in for Father’s Day, bringing a better chance for scattered showers and storms. That rain chance looks to be with us through the better part of next week.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Daytime high temperatures on Mars often reach about 80 degrees. That’s quite comfy, right? Just make sure you wear a sweater when you go out at night. Mars has very little atmosphere to hold in heat, so nighttime lows often dip to around 200 degrees below zero. That’s a little nippy for my taste. 🙂

Records

On this day in 2003, the city of Nashville finally broke a remarkable streak of 22 days of below-normal temperatures.

Another remarkable event occurred on this day in 1842. A very late-season winter storm struck New England, dropping as much as a foot of snow on some locations in Vermont! Even more incredible is that snow blanketed the tops of the Appalachian mountains as far south as Maryland!

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 89 (1999)

Yesterday’s record low: 43 (1988)

Today’s record high: 90 (1977)

Today’s record low: 41 (1988) NOTE: I think tonight’s low will stay just above this mark, sparing us a record. It is interesting to note that 1988 was one of the hottest summers on record for the plateau.

Today’s sunset: 7:56

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:22

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 34 mins 04 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 34 mins 54 secs

One year ago today

The high was 84 and the low was 67. Just over a trace of precip fell

News

For those of you who ventured out last night to look at Jupiter, but were disappointed to see clouds still floating by from time to time, don’t despair! Tonight’s viewing should be much better. It seemed like every time I got my binoculars fixed just right on Jupiter, a darn cloud would come floating by. Go out and look up and again tonight. I’ll send out a reminder again this evening.

The rocket launch for the Falcon Heavy has been bumped up a couple of days to June 24th. That means the NASA Social event will be June 23-24. Thankfully, it’s still a night launch. Remember, I’ll be posting all kinds of updates here and on my personal FB page, including a live viewing of it! This time I will MAKE SURE I have my tripod for my phone (ha). Be sure and follow along! You can tell folks that you know of only 55 people selected for exclusive viewing of this launch AND the Orion abort test that is still scheduled for July 2nd. Make sure all your NASA nerd friends and family are following along!

You all have a great day!

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