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MM’s Sun Wx Blog for Aug 15

Weather Headlines

High Humidity Levels for the Week

Rain & Storm Chances Increasing

Tracking “Fred” toward Tennessee

Tracking “Grace” in the Atlantic

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Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Today: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.

Monday – Tuesday: The influences of “Fred” arrive. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely all day.

Wednesday – Saturday: Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

MM’s Wx Concerns

Just be mindful that any storm that develops over the next several days could contain deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, very gusty winds (briefly damaging?), and torrential rainfall that could lead to flash flooding.

Hay Weather Forecast 

This is the worst hay weather forecast we’ve had in ages. I wouldn’t plan on getting any work done in hay this week. A frontal boundary in the area and a tropical system moving through will combine to create a very wet and humid week. Even when it’s not raining, the humidity is going to be sky high and any hay you cut would never dry out. Things may begin to improve by Saturday (maybe).

Today’s Stats

Almanac for Yesterday

On This Day in Wx History

1995- The dew point temperature at Nashville tops out at 82 degrees. It’s the highest dew point ever observed at this station.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  119° at Stovepipe Wells, California

Low:   33° at Peter Sinks, Utah & Choteau, Montana & at Celine, Embarass, and Brimson, Minnesota  


The remnants of Fred have now reorganized into a tropical storm again. Winds are currently at 40 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall late Monday night with winds of around 50 mph. The forecast path is liable to shift eastward as we go through the day, per the latest data being gathered. Tropical storm watches are now in effect for much of the Florida Panhandle region for Monday and Monday night.

The storm is expected to rapidly weaken and fall apart after landfall. Still, the forecast track brings whatever is left of the storm right to us by Tuesday and Wednesday. That would, at the very least, increase humidity levels for us, which would increase our storm chances.

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There is much uncertainty with Tropical Storm Grace. While she will likely strengthen today, she has enormous obstacles in front of her this week. Those obstacles are mountains. Mountains and tropical systems do not get along. It is entirely possible that Grace will not survive her trek across the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If she does, however, she will become a Gulf of Mexico problem. Note that Haiti just had an awful earthquake this week and now they have this storm coming.

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There is yet another system in the Atlantic to watch, though it will likely not be a problem for the US. Bermuda may be the only ones who deal with this system. They are that tiny black dot you see near the western edge of the yellow line. Bermuda may be small but tropical systems sure like to find them!

Sun & Moon  

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity

The larger the dot, the larger the quake. The red dots are the most recent quakes.

Tracking the Fire and Smoke 

Western wildfires continue to pump tons of smoke into the atmosphere and that smoke is spreading both east and west of the fires. We continue to see that smoke in our skies, as well. Smoke is represented by the gray-shading.

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2 thoughts on “MM’s Sun Wx Blog for Aug 15

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