Watching Barry

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–Watching Barry in the northern Gulf of Mexico

–Barry to bring scattered showers and storms for our region for several days

Main threats

No significant threats in sight. If, however, Barry’s track comes closer we could be looking at heavy rainfall. Right now, that looks to be a low-end threat.


The “cold” front that we’ve been so anxious to see cross our area is hung up on the plateau this morning. That’s why you see the low cloud cover and fog. The big question is whether or not it will make it over the plateau, especially with an increasing influence of Barry that could try to push it back northward at any time.

Because this front is hanging out with us today, we can’t rule out a shower or storm, especially south of I-40. This also calls into question the drier air we had hoped for. I think you folks up around Livingston and Byrdstown will feel that relief, while the rest of us may not. So goes July in Tennessee and fronts coming to the plateau….

Then, all of our attention will turn to Barry and which way he decides to track. As of this morning’s 7:00 a.m. update, the storm is now packing winds of 50 mph, so he didn’t strengthen much at all last night. In fact, he looks very “messy” on satellite. The track continues to take it up the Mississippi River (not good for the flooding already occurring there) and then up into the Ohio Valley through the first half of next week. That would keep us on the favorable side for scattered showers and storms, but far enough from the center to spare us severe weather and major flooding issues.

It is important to note that Barry’s forecast path could change, and any deviation to the west or east would have big impacts on our weather. Stay tuned.

Pictured below is Barry on infrared satellite, looking quite disorganized, despite having strengthened to 50 mph.


WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The largest hurricane ever recorded was actually a typhoon. That storm was nearly half the size of the United States, measuring at nearly 1,400 miles in diameter! The storm was called Typhoon Tip and occurred in 1979. At one time, the storm had the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded within a storm, as maximum sustained winds howled to nearly 200 mph. The storm tracked over Japan but had thankfully weakened substantially by that time.

Pictured below is Typhoon Tip at its maximum intensity on October 12, 1979.



Today is a hot one in the record books, folks. On this day in 1914 Byrdstown had a record high of 101 degrees. On this day in 1930 Clarksville hit 110 (this was a historic heat wave for Tennessee). Then, on this day in 1980 the temperature at Livingston hit 108 degrees, setting their all-time record high.



Yesterday’s record high: 93 (1980)

Yesterday’s record low: 49 (1963)

Today’s record high: 97 (1980)

Today’s record low: 51 (1975)

Today’s sunset: 7:58

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:34

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 24 mins 33 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 23 mins 29 secs

One year ago today

The high was 86 degrees, after a morning low of 66. No rain fell.


Don’t forget that we will have an astronaut visiting Crossville on Sunday! He has flown four shuttle missions and is coming to tell us about those experiences. Admission is free. Stone High School will be hosting this event, which begins at 3:00.

Dr. Apt has performed space walks and has even visited the MIR space station. There will be a limited number of autographed photos of him, as well as a door prize of his book with pictures he has taken in space.

Be sure and come out and look for me!

I’ll leave you with some pictures I took yesterday evening, as the sun was setting and storms were approaching. It was an absolutely beautiful sight and my phone doesn’t do it justice at all. It was interesting watching the sky change colors by the minute. FYI, all of these pics were taken from what will someday be my front yard (when the house gets built). See why I don’t want any trees blocking my view of that sky? Wow….


You all have a great day!

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