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MM’s Wx Blog for Tues Aug 3

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Make sure you come by my booth in front of Hurricane Cycles (across from Crossville Depot) in Crossville Friday evening. I’ll be set up for Friday at the Crossroads. Plus, I’ll be set up by the Bigfoot Festival booth, where you can buy all kinds of cool festival merchandise for our October 16 festival! Come out and say hello!

This month brings an exciting new direction for In the coming weeks, I’ll be introducing a paid subscription service called This entire site has been 100% free for three years and that’s simply not a sustainable model. The subscription will only be $6/month, or you can get two months free by purchasing an annual subscription at $60/year. The free site will remain here, but it will only be basic weather. For the exciting extras, you’ll want to do the subscription with the Pro version.

The really exciting part is that proceeds will go toward both the maintenance of the sites (not cheap or free!) and toward the Meteorologist Mark Kid’s classes. With the subscription, you’ll also get a monthly newsletter that summarizes the previous month’s weather with some cool meteorological insights and explanations, as well as contain a lesson for the kids, complete with an experiment, as well as interviews with both meteorology and space experts and so much more! I even have some inmates with my adult education class who would like to share stories from time to time. I’m so very excited about the newsletter and, frankly, I feel that it alone will be worth the money! So, stay tuned! Great things are coming from Meteorologist Mark!

Radar & Wx Alerts Link 

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Weather Headlines 

Hazy Skies Again Today from Wildfire Smoke

Best Rain Chance This Week Comes Tomorrow Afternoon

Watching the Highway 127 Yard Sale Forecast

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Vlog 

Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, with a slight chance for an afternoon shower or storm.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.

Thursday – Monday: Partly to mostly sunny, with a slight chance for showers & thunderstorms each afternoon/evening.

Hay Weather Forecast 

The forecast is trending drier after tomorrow! Just be aware that the rain chance isn’t zero any day this week, but that rain chance is very low beyond Wednesday! Humidity levels will remain low beyond Wednesday, as well.

127 Yard Sale Forecast

You’ll need to tote your umbrella on Wednesday afternoon. Scattered storms will likely develop across the plateau. Be mindful of that cloud-to-ground lightning. Seeking shelter under tents with metal poles that stick up into the air is not seeking good shelter. Just sit in your car until the storm passes.

Farmer’s Almanac Fishing Forecast 

Gone Fishin' - Biz New Orleans

Aug 03 Poor

Aug 04-06 Best in the Morning

Aug 07 – 12 Poor

Aug 13-14 Good in the Evening

Aug 15-17 Poor

Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns

Almanac for Yesterday


Well, it’s not much but it’s something (ha). A disturbance off the coast of Africa may try to develop into something in the coming days. I’ll keep you posted. Right now, it looks to be a storm that stays at sea, but you never know.

Sun & Moon

Planting by the Moon 

5 Steps To Take This Spring Before Planting A Garden

3rd Any seed planted now will tend to rot.

4th – 6th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.

7th – 10th Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.

11th – 12th Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.

13th – 14th Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.

15th – 17th Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.

On This Day in Wx History

1988 – Thunderstorms around Fort Collins, Colorado, produced wind gusts to 74 mph, along with marble size hail. Sixteen persons were injured in the storm, most of whom were accidently locked out of their office building, having evacuated it when the fire alarm went off, apparently triggered by lightning.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  120° at Death Valley, California

Low:   35° at Albany, Wyoming 

Twister Tuesday

condensation funnel is made up of water droplets and extends downward from the base of the thunderstorm. If it is in contact with the ground it is a tornado; otherwise it is a funnel cloud. Dust and debris beneath the condensation funnel confirm a tornado’s presence.

Tracking the Fire and Smoke 

Notice that the smoke extends to the Southeast US again today.

Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity  

Larger dots indicate stronger quakes. Red dots represent the most recent quakes, with orange being the oldest.

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

Skies will be partly to mostly sunny across the Volunteer state for our Tuesday, with just a slight chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorms across East Tennessee. Low humidity values will lead to comfortable afternoon highs for this time of year.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather 

A few lingering showers and thunderstorms may stick around into the early evening hours for East Tennessee. Otherwise, it will be a clear to partly cloudy night, with pleasant overnight low temps.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

Much of Middle and East Tennessee will see scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday. That rain chance is about 50%. The driest region of the state will be found across West Tennessee, where lots of sunshine is expected. Afternoon highs should hold in the low to mid 80s statewide.

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Weather SnapShots

While the plateau dipped into the mid to upper 50s Monday morning, the highest peaks of the Smokies dropped into the 40s. Mount Mitchel, whose date is shown below, dropped to 47 degrees. Mt LeConte bottomed out at 41 degrees!


NASA Nerdology 

Hello Earth was the first book of poetry written by an astronaut.

Great, another book I need to look for. ha

Cover of Hello Earth: Greetings from Endeavour

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

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