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MM’s Mon Wx Blog for July 12

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Weather Headlines 

A stormy and unsettled pattern continues

Turning drier mid to late week

Increasing rain chances possible again for the weekend (monitoring)

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Today & Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could be strong.

Wednesday – Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lower rain chances, with slight chances for a shower or storm in the afternoon/evening.

Friday: Partly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday & Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely (as it looks right now).

Hay Weather Forecast

I’ll keep an eye on next weekend. A stalled front could bring us lots of rain, OR it could slip to our north or south, which would focus the rain to our north or south. I’ll keep an eye on it!

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Widespread severe weather is not expected this week, but any storm that develops will be capable of producing very gusty winds (possibly damaging), deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, and torrential rainfall.

Be very careful around that lightning! If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to lightning to need to take shelter.

Summer Safety |

Almanac for Yesterday


The tropics are quiet and are expected to remain quiet for the next five days.

The Willpower Of A Sleepy Puppy | The First Time Dog Owner Guide

Sun & The Moon

Planting by the Moon 

12th – 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

1914- Byrdstown sets a record high with 101 degrees.

1980- Temperature at Livingston reaches 108, setting an all-time record high.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  128° at Death Valley, California

Low:   29° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Monday Sun Day

If you were to fill a hollow Sun with spherical Earths, somewhere around 960,000 would fit inside. However, if you squashed those Earths to ensure there was no wasted space then you could fit 1,300,000 Earths inside the Sun. The surface area of the Sun is 11,990 times that of Earth!

Side by side comparison of the size of the Sun vs Earth, Uranus, Saturn & Jupiter

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

Rain chances are high statewide today, with a very unsettled environment in place. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely for everyone today, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Some of those storms could be strong, with gusty winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, and heavy rainfall. Cloudy skies will keep temps in the low to mid 80s.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain likely overnight. Cloud cover and high humidity will lead to a warm and muggy night, with lows near 70 degrees.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

One more day of high rain chances is in store for the state, with more scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. Once again, some of those storms could be strong, with gusty winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, and heavy rainfall. Afternoon highs will once again be in the low to mid 80s.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

@ddofinternet took this picture of a forest fire in Montana from the plane he was on Sunday. He counted about seven different fires. Drought and heat has been of historic proportions across much of the western US this summer.


NASA Nerdology 

Billionaire Richard Branson went to space yesterday. It was a bit of a complicated maneuver, fit for a billionaire. The trip lasted eight minutes. It’s not the first time a billionaire has gone to space, but it’s the first time one went on their own plane.

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, of Blue Origin, is scheduled to take his own flight to space next week.

Space tourism has arrived, for better or worse…..

By the way, a seat on a future Virgin Galactic flight will likely cost more than $250,000, but the exact number is not yet known. Total flight duration is about eight minutes.


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