A forecast of hit-n-miss storms

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Weather Headlines

–A line of showers and storms will push across the plateau late tonight. These storms are not expected to be severe but one or two could be strong.

–Our next system arrives Friday, with a good chance for showers and storms.

–The weekend looks summer-like, with hot and humid conditions, and an isolated storm.

Main threats

No widespread hazardous weather is expected. Just keep in mind that any storm that develops this time of year can become quite strong, with gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning.

Summary

While today will be mostly sunny, we’ll be looking for a line of showers and t-storms to develop and make their way toward the plateau in the overnight hours. It looks like that line will arrive after midnight but before sunrise Wednesday. One or two storms could be strong. I’ll give an update later today on this situation.

After that line clears out, we may be left with another mostly sunny Wednesday. I can’t rule out an isolated afternoon storm, but that 40% rain chance on Wednesday  is mostly for the early morning hours.

Thursday continues to look sunny and hot.

Our next system arrives Friday and that should bring us all a decent chance for showers and storms.

Models are showing more instability for the weekend, which will increase our storm chances. Again, this is mainly your summer-type afternoon heat-of-the-day type activity. If you have outdoor plans for this weekend, just make sure you keep an eye on the radar, so that you can avoid any lightning that may develop in your area.

There doesn’t appear to be 100% chances of rain in the forecast. That means some of us may not see a drop of rain over the next seven days.

Tropics

All is quite in both the Atlantic and Pacific, which is unusual for this time of year. In all the decades of record keeping, there have only been three other years that the Atlantic has been this quiet from the middle of July to the first week of August.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

During the Vietnam War, the US experimented with cloud seeding in hopes of extending the monsoon season in Vietnam. Cloud seeding is when planes drop silver iodide into clouds, which gives water vapor something to cling to and then drop from the clouds (making rain).

The highly classified mission was intended to increase mudslides, soften roads, wash out roads, etc. The motto associated with this mission was “make mud, not war.” The Operation Popeye began in March of 1967 and was ended in July of that same year. The results were inconclusive.

After the operation was declassified in 1974, the United Nations banned the weaponization of weather.

Wait a minute….I could have been using weather as a weapon? haha

Records

August of 1947 was a hot, hot summer for Tennessee. On this day of that year, Nashville’s temperature went over the hundred-degree mark for the third day in a row.

A hailstorm hit Adair and Union counties in Iowa on this day in 1890. The hail was so severe that it created drifts of hail that were over six feet deep. There were reports that the last of the hail melted 26 days later!

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 91 (1991)

Yesterday’s record low: 52 (1974)

Today’s record high: 93 (1980)

Today’s record low: 51 (1957)

Today’s sunset: 7:39

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:52

Today’s day length: 13 hrs 47 mins 44 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 13 hrs 45 mins 54 secs

One year ago today

It was a very warm day. The high reached 87 degrees, after a warm morning low of 67. No rain was recorded.

News

The weather is looking very picnic-like for our company picnic Thursday! This is a rescheduled picnic. The first one was scheduled earlier this summer but we had severe weather that day. I decided to calm things down so that we can have our picnic now. 🙂

I also wanted to update you on the science classes I’ve been thinking about offering the kids. The first class will be Friday, September 6 at 4:30 at the Art Circle Public Library. The class will last one hour and registration is required. I’ll have that set up within the next couple of weeks. This class is for 8-10 year olds. The class is free.

I will offer another class for 11-13 year olds at Roane State and that will be on a Thursday evening. Again, it will meet at 4:30 and last about an hour or so. I will have more details on that later on. This class is also free.

This is preliminary info at this point but I wanted folks to know that these classes are going to happen and I’m working hard on it! These classes will be offered once monthly.

I have gotten a LOT of response from this and that has been both encouraging and overwhelming! (ha) I think this will be a lot of fun and, like I said on Facebook, will hopefully give these kids a career option they never considered before. Even if that is not the end result, at least they will have a healthy understanding and appreciation for a subject they may have never even considered before.

Thank you and have a great day!

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