All eyes on Barry

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Weather Headlines

–Barry makes landfall in Louisiana

–Barry will bring an increased chance for showers and storms over the next several days

Main threats

No significant threats in sight, though any t-storm that develops will be capable of producing torrential rainfall and frequent lightning.

Summary

Look for scattered showers and storms today, mainly in the afternoon and evening. These showers and storms are in response to our “cold” front lifting back north. This should be enough to set off scattered showers and storms, especially this afternoon.

The influences of Barry will begin arriving tomorrow. That will increase our rain and storm chances over the next several days. The biggest influence he will have is pulling up  a ton of warm, humid air from the Gulf. That will act as a fuel source for showers and storms.

So, for Sunday through Wednesday the forecast stays pretty much the same. We’ll have a 40-50% chance for a shower or storm, mainly in the afternoons and evenings. You may notice the clouds looking especially tropical/pretty, as Barry pulls up an oceanic airmass up our way.

Any storm that develops will be capable of producing tropical downpours, which can put down a lot of rain in a short period of time. Just be aware of that.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Tropical systems are named when their maximum sustained winds reach 39 mph. That list of names is recycled every six years. If a storm is particularly damaging, such as Katrina, that storm’s name is retired from the list and replaced by a new name.

The naming of hurricanes came about because it was easier to convey the information about the storms using a name, rather than latitude and longitude plots. The very first storm ever named was named Maria, after the heroine in the novel “Storm” by George Rippey Stewart.

Only female names were used from 1953 to 1979. Now, the names are alternated by gender for every other name.

Records

On this day in 2004 a squall line, better known as a derecho, howled through Middle TN. The Nashville airport reported a wind speed of 67 mph. Wind damage was reported in every single Middle Tennessee county from this event.

On this day in 1977 lightning struck a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County, New York. The county is located in southeastern New York state. The lightning strike did so much damage it plunged all of New York City into darkness.

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 97 (1980)

Yesterday’s record low: 51 (1975)

Today’s record high: 97 (1954)

Today’s record low: 54 (1959)

Today’s sunset: 7:57

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:34

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

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 22 mins 24 secs

One year ago today

The high was 86 and the low was 64. No rain fell.

News

Barry will be making landfall later today. He is slowly making his way toward shore this morning. I’ll let you know when he’s come ashore. Winds, as of this morning, have increased to 70 mph.

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