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MM’s Tues Wx Blog for May 18

MM News

First of all, I have some BIG news!!! Yesterday afternoon I accepted a teaching position with Adult Education! I will be helping folks get their GED and helping folks who have been out of school a while and need a refresher course to get caught back up, before they start a new venture toward a new degree, etc. Part of my job will also be going to jails and teaching inmates! I think I’m most excited about that part. We not only help them get the education they’ve missed, but we also encourage and help them make a new start. How cool is that? And yes, I’ll still be doing the weather! ha The blog is here to stay!

Last night’s Meteorologist Mark kids class went very well! We had a “Mars helicopter” get away from us once but it all ended well (ha). They learned just how tricky steering a helicopter can be from so far away! We learned about the weather of Mars and ALL the questions we want answers to when it comes to the mysterious Red Planet. We also made some “Alka-Seltzer” rockets that gave some of the kids quite the startle (LOL). It’s all good though…like all good rocket scientists, they wore their safety goggles. 🙂 A big thanks to TCAT for hosting us once again. Next month’s lesson will be on fire tornadoes!

I have a few seats that have opened up in the adult class! That class is being taught Monday night at 5:00 at TCAT. It’s a class that is sure to keep your attention, as we discuss the surprise Baxter-Rinnie tornado of March 2020. Come to be amazed…come to learn…come to better understand the complexities of Nature’s most powerful storms, the supercell! For more information and to register, please go to Let me know if you have any questions! (

I’ll be heading to Burks Elementary in Monterey tomorrow to get the fourth graders there fired up about rockets! (See what I did there? lol). I’ll be down there all day, speaking to all three classes. I’ve done this before and they are such gracious host. They even buy me lunch! ha I’m so excited about this and can’t wait to see the kids gets excited about space and teach them to wonder about the mysteries of what we look up and see in our night skies.

Note: To offer support to Meteorologist Mark and his educational outreach programs, please consider giving via If you can’t give, no worries! Just keep following and tell your friends! A BIG thank you to all who have given thus far!

Weather Headlines

Slight Chance for a Shower Today

Dry & Getting Drier

Summer-Like Weather Arrives this Week

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast Summary/Discussion

Well, the good news is that I don’t have much to say here. The bad news is that these sunny, warm, and dry days you see coming are goin to lead to some very dry conditions around here. That’s good news for the hay farmers and those of you who don’t like storms, bad news for the gardeners.

Even looking into next week, I can see no signs of any significant rainfall.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Almanac for Yesterday

Sun & The Moon 

On This Day in Wx History

1995- A large outbreak of supercell thunderstorms strikes Middle Tennessee. There are 16 confirmed tornadoes across the mid state, including a violent F-4 that tore a 29-mile path across Lawrence and Giles Counties, killing 3, and injuring 32. Another massive F-3 tornado carves a 1/2 mile wide swath of destruction across Cumberland County, ending on the south side of Crossville. This is the tornado that hit Tansi so hard during Class Night for high school seniors. This is the fifth largest tornado outbreak in Middle TN history.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  106° at Rio Grande Village, Texas

Low:   25° at both Grand Canyon & Sunset Crater, Arizona  

Twister Tuesday

The first known photograph of a tornado was taken on April 26, 1884 in Anderson County, Kansas, according to the Kansas Historical Society. Tornadoes have threatened lives on the Great Plains for centuries, but until the late 1800s most Americans had never actually seen one. That changed when unique circumstances allowed a farmer in Anderson County, Kansas, to capture the first known photograph of a tornado.

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

It will be a mostly cloudy day across the state, with a chance for a shower or thundershower. It’s certainly not a washout of a day. Look for mild high temperatures in the 70s statewide.

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Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight, so don’t look too hard for the stars. A couple of thundershowers may work their way into the western end of the state.

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Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

The sun returns for Wednesday! That will send afternoon highs into the low to mid 80s. The only chance for rain is a slight chance for a thundershower that can be found near the Mississippi River.

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Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

Unbelievable photo by Steve Polley (@stormchaseguy This storm was near Sudan, Texas on Sunday. It was showing strong rotation on radar at the time of this photo.

NASA Nerdology 

This is a 1.5-km diameter (less than a mile) impact crater in Meridiani Planum on the planet Mars. You are welcome…

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

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