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MM’s Fri Wx Blog for July 9

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Mark your calendars for July 27 at 4:00! That will be the next Meteorologist Mark science class for kids! The topic this month will be flooding. Registration is required and I’ll have that sign-up sheet available soon! The class is sponsored by and held at TCAT.

Weather Headlines 

Dodging showers and thunderstorms

Watching big storms across the Midwest

A few storms could be strong to briefly severe over the next few days

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Today: Morning storms will push south, leaving us with a hot and humid afternoon. We still have a chance for a heat-of-the day shower or storm in the afternoon and evening.

Tonight: Complexes of showers and storms may push into Tennessee later tonight. I’ll keep an eye on that.

Saturday – Monday: A good chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday – Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, with just a chance for a mainly afternoon shower or storm.

Hay Weather Forecast

It looks like half the plateau got a good rain this morning and the other half did not. After these morning storms, the rest of the day is looking dry for most, with just a slight chance for an afternoon storm.

Rain chances may pick up late tonight. Complexes of storms in the Midwest today will move our way overnight. How well they hold together is questionable, but just know that storms are quite possible late tonight and Saturday morning.

Scattered showers and storms will make working in the hay fields quite challenging, if not impossible, through Monday. After that, we go back to mainly afternoon/evening storm chances and continued high humidity.

Forecast Discussion

I’ll be watching those storms across the Midwest closely today. If they make it into our area, they could pack quite a punch overnight. It’s always a question of how well will they hold together, or will they move more west of the plateau? I’ll watch that close and update you on this again this evening.

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Just be aware that any storm that develops could pack a punch this time of year, with very gusty winds (briefly damaging?), deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, and brief torrential downpours. Be careful and mindful of these storms if you’re out and about over the next several days.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Almanac for Yesterday


Tropical Elsa has strengthened and is now packing winds of 50 mph. Of greater concern is the heavy rainfall the storm is dropping on some very populated coastal cities today.

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

Sun & The Moon

Planting by the Moon 

9th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. First day is a good day for transplanting. First day is also most fruitful day for planting root crops. Second day is most favorable for corn, cotton, okra, beans, peppers, eggplant, and other aboveground crops

10th – 14th A most barren period. Kill plant pests and do general farm work.

15th – 16th Sow grains and forage crops. Plant flowers. Favorable for planting peas, beans, tomatoes, and other fall crops bearing aboveground.

17th – 18th Start seedbeds. Extra good for fall cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, mustard greens, and other leafy vegetables. Good for any aboveground crop that can be planted now.

19th – 20th Barren days, neither plant nor sow.

21st – 22nd Any aboveground crops that can be planted now will do well.

23rd – 24th Good days for killing weeds, briars, and other plant pests. Poor for planting.

25th – 27th Set strawberry plants. Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting beets, carrots, radishes, salsify, turnips, peanuts, and other root crops. Also good for vine crops.

28th – 29th A barren period.

On This Day in Wx History

1882 – Ice formed on the streets of Cheyenne, WY, during a rare summer freeze.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  126° at Death Valley, California

Low:   30° at Brimson, Minnesota 

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

It’s another warm and humid day in Tennessee, with that chance for an afternoon or evening shower or storm. Just be aware of that if you have outdoor plans. Morning storms are pushing south and that may stabilize our atmosphere enough to keep many of us dry the rest of the day. Afternoon highs should climb into the mid to upper 80s, though humidity will make it feel much warmer.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Complexes of thunderstorms in the Midwest on Friday may try to push into the Volunteer state overnight. Those storms would be capable of gusty winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, and heavy rainfall. Otherwise, look for partly to mostly cloudy skies and muggy overnight low temps near 70 degrees.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

Yet another day of scattered showers and thunderstorms is in store for the state for the start of the weekend. Not everyone will see rain, but those who do could see storms that have gusty winds, lightning, and heavy rainfall. Be mindful of this if you’re out and about. Afternoon high temps will be in the mid to upper 80s for much of the state.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

This storm occurred a year ago in Minnesota. A very nice catch by Jason Bednar (@JasonBednar1).


NASA Nerdology 

The final launch of the space shuttle program occurred 10 years ago this week. Seen here, Atlantis STS-135 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center.


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