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Meteorologist Mark’s Wx for Sunday, Nov. 8


A nice end to the weekend. Get outside!

Rain chances begin Tuesday 

Keeping an eye on the tropics and Eta

Meteorologist Mark’s Vlog in a Flash

48-Hour WX

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today & Tomorrow: Partly cloudy & mild. Perfect weather for getting outside!

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers and thundershowers as we go through the day.

Veteran’s Day Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with rain and some thunder likely. A big THANK YOU to our veterans!

Thursday: After some morning showers, skies should gradually clear as we go through the day.

Friday: Partly cloudy & continued mild.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance for showers.

Meteorologist Mark’s Severe Wx Concern


While we could hear some thunder Tuesday night and Wednesday, severe storms are not expected.

Another storm system may affect the region next weekend, but it is unclear as to what, if any, type of thunderstorm activity we will see.

At this time, widespread severe weather is not expected through next Saturday.

On This Day in Wx History

1989 – Afternoon and evening thunderstorms developing along and ahead of a cold front produced severe weather from northern Louisiana into central Georgia. Thunderstorms spawned three tornadoes, and there were sixty-four reports of large hail or damaging winds. A late afternoon thunderstorm in central Georgia spawned a tornado which killed one person and injured eight others at Pineview. Late afternoon thunderstorms in central Mississippi produced baseball size hail around Jackson, and wind gusts to 70 mph in Walnut Grove.


Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High: 91°  at Rio Grande, Village

Low: 12° at Truckee, California

Tropical Outlook

Tropical Storm Eta will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to southern Florida and the Florida Keys over the next couple of days. The storm could become a low-end hurricane in the eastern Gulf, as it slowly meanders it’s way around the area. Eventually, the storm should kick off to the east and impact western Florida by the end of this week. It should be noted that the system is expected to produce gusty winds and periods of heavy rainfall for much of Florida throughout this week.

Another system may try to form this week out in the eastern Atlantic. It could become another named storm, but it should spin out to sea.

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Snow is falling across the Rockies and northern plains today! Some of that snow is accumulating quite nicely. Freezing rain will be the main precip type across parts of northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Eta impacts Cuba and southern Florida today.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

Much of Florida will be dealing with Tropical Storm Eta, while snowflakes continue to fall across parts of the plains and the Rockies.

 8 – 14 Day Outlook (Nov 15-21)

Guidance continues to suggest that the week following next weekend will be very warm and dry for much of the country.



Sunday Story

November Weather

Cool temperatures and changing leaves are what many of us expect in the month of November. Past Novembers, however, remind us that we can see more than falling temperatures and leaves this time of year.

November of 1966 began on a very wintry note across Tennessee. A winter storm struck the Midstate during the first week of the month, dropping seven inches of snow on Nashville. That tied their greatest one-day snowfall on record. 

The storm also produced record-breaking snowfall here on the Plateau. Cookeville picked up 15 inches of snow, which is the greatest one-day snowfall on record for that city. Livingston measured 10.5 inches of snow, Crossville measured seven inches, and Jamestown 11 inches of snow. The snow was a wet, heavy snow and did much damage to trees that still had leaves.

Contrast this weather to the weather of November 10, 2002. Record warm temperatures overspread the plateau, while a powerful storm system moved in from the west. The result was devastating severe thunderstorms that produced several tornadoes across the plateau. 

Two of the hardest hit areas were the Lake Tansi and Mossy Grove communities on the plateau. Both areas were hit by violent F-3 tornadoes. In Lake Tansi, located just south of Crossville, numerous homes were destroyed. Four people were killed. Seven people were killed in Mossy Grove. 

The Mossy Grove tornado dispelled the myth that the mountain to the west protected the valley from tornadoes. The twister touched down while coming down the mountain, exploding in intensity as it did so and sweeping into the valley community of Mossy Grove with winds over 150 mph. 

The change of seasons months can certainly be interesting on the plateau. Let’s just hope that Thanksgiving finds us thankful for a quiet weather month! 

You all have a great day!

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