Hottest October reading on record established for Crossville


Weather Headlines

–Yesterday’s high of 91 deg smashed our all-time record high for October (86 deg)

–We just have to put up with this heat for two more days

–Still no appreciable rainfall expected this week

–Rain chances should increase Sunday and Monday

Main threats

Be safe in the heat.



We’ve now established a new all-time hottest temperature for Crossville in the month of October. That steamy 91-degree high yesterday sealed the deal. Nashville broke their all-time hottest October temperature, too, when they hit 98 deg for a high. Hopefully, we won’t be as hot today but I wouldn’t be surprised if we are.

The good news is that this heat wave will break Thursday night, with the passage of a dry cold front. I wish we could have gotten some rain from that front but that’s just not going to happen.

By Saturday night, another cold front will begin affecting our region. This front may bring many of us some showers and t-storms. It’s not a 100% chance, so some of us may get missed again. Let’s hope the showers get to the plateau and just cover us up with rainfall. Behind that front, you’ll notice a big difference in temperatures! It’s going to feel very chilly compared to this heat we’ve been having!

I will say this… better enjoy this coming cool snap…..

Pictured below is the outlook for October for rainfall (left) and temperatures (right). I’m afraid the heat may return after the cool snap we have. I just wish we weren’t so dry!



Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast



On this day in 1974 the Cumberland Plateau experienced its earliest freeze on record! The morning low that day was only 31 freezing degrees.

A far cry from today, right?

Well, contrast that with today being the anniversary of one or our hottest October temperatures on record for Crossville. On this day in 1986, the city of Crossville hit 86 degrees, which tied our all-time record high that had been set on October 4, 1954.

We smashed that all-time record high for Crossville yesterday, when we hit 91 degrees.


The system in the Gulf only has a 20% chance of development. We’re still in that time of year when everything has to be watched. The system should move over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico tomorrow and then into the southern Gulf on Friday. I’ll keep ya posted!

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Today’s WeatherTAP WeatherWORD


A very strong wind that ranges in speeds between 32-63 mph.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Forecasters use the phrase “gale-force winds” to describe winds that aren’t as fierce as a hurricane’s, but fierce enough to cause you harm if you’re caught outside. The term gale is most often used in reference to marine (near or on water) conditions.

There are various levels of winds and gales and they are all given in the Beaufort scale.


NASA Knowledge

NASA turned 61 on October 1st, so we wish that incredible agency a very happy belated birthday! What a ride it has been for this agency.

Among the many accomplishments, I suppose two really stand out. First, we’ve put men on the Moon. What an accomplishment that was! Notice I said men. We’ve yet to send a woman, but that will change within the next few years. Second, we’ve operated an International Space Station for 20 years.

Just some of the inventions NASA has given us include camera phones, scratch-resistant lenses, CAT Scans, land mine removal equipment, athletic shoes, foil blankets, water purification systems, the jaws of life, ear thermometers, home insulation, computer mouse, etc etc…. I could go on and on.

Yet, of all the things the agency has accomplished, I’m confident that the most amazing is yet to come!



The biggest weather headline these days is the arrival of frost and freeze conditions for so many this week. The shades of blue you see on this map are for either frost or freeze conditions expected within the next 24-48 hours. I expect to see this spread out across the northern US over the coming days, as more and more cold air filters in from Canada.


For those of you with kids enrolled in the rocket classes, remember those classes are this week! The 11-13 year olds meet at Roane State at 4:30 Thursday evening. The 8-10 year olds meet at the Art Circle Library on Friday at 4:30. You must be registered to attend the free one-hour classes! See you all there!

You all have a great day!


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