MM’s Wx Blog for Thurs, Apr 8

Headlines 

Rain & storms for today (some strong?)

Chance of storms Friday (strong?)

Rain & storms for Saturday (some strong?)

Nice wx returns by Sunday

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

48-Hour WX

48-Hour Precip Forecast

Five-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary

Today: Showers & Storms. Some storms could be strong. Rain should move out by evening. Breezy.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with a chance for a shower or storm. Any storm that develops could be strong.

Saturday: Rain & storms. Some storms could be strong.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and nice.

Monday: Mostly sunny.

Meteorologist Mark’s 5-Day Wx Concerns

The concern for today is just for an isolated strong to severe storm. Widespread severe storms are not expected.

The concern for Saturday is much like todays. An isolated strong to severe storm is once again possible. Widespread severe storms are not expected at this time.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a marginal risk for severe storms for our area both today and Saturday. As you can see, this is the lowest of the five severe storm risk categories.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Discussion

The best chance for storms this afternoon across Middle Tennessee is on the plateau. One or two of them could become strong to severe. While no one threat is really no more than the other, there is a 2% chance for a tornado and a 5% chance for a damaging wind gust and/or hail. Again, we are in the marginal risk for severe storms, which is the lowest of the risk categories. I’ll keep an eye on things, though, as it only takes one storm to be a big deal if it’s in your neighborhood. The cloudier and rainier we stay, the less our chances for any stronger storm.

Tomorrow’s storm chance is low, but any storm that develops will be capable of producing a damaging wind gust and hail. We are not in any threat for tomorrow but that might change.

Then, we’ll do it all over again on Saturday. More rain and storms, with some of them being on the strong side. It will be windy, as well.

Almanac for Yesterday

Solar/Lunar Data 

On This Day in Wx History

2007- Crossville’s low temperature of 20 degrees ties the record low for the month. Likewise, Nashville’s 23 degrees ties its record low for April.

A Year Ago Today

73 Days until Summer

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  103° at Falcon Lake, Texas

Low:   -1° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Today’s National Wx Hazards

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected across much of the eastern U.S, but widespread severe weather is not expected. Isolated strong/severe storms are, however, possible from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest. Farther west, accumulating snowfall is expected across parts of Wyoming and northern Colorado.

Tomorrow’s National Wx Hazards

An active weather day is in store for the Lower Mississippi River Valley and parts of the Deep South and southern plains. An outbreak of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected, with all modes of severe weather likely. These storms will also pose a flooding risk for that area. Farther north and west, more accumulating snow is expected for parts of the Front Range of the Rockies.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday. This is the latest map!

The map below is last week’s drought map, for comparison. It appears little has changed in the past week.

NASA Nerdology 

Happy 20th anniversary to our longest-operating spacecraft at Mars! Launched on April 7, 2001, the Odyssey orbiter has helped locate water ice, assess landing sites, and study the Red Planet’s mysterious moons. Cheers to many more trips around the Red Planet!

You all have a great day and keep lookin’ up!

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