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MM’s Tues Wx Blog for Aug 17

Weather Headlines

Clouds and rain likely today from “Fred”

An unsettled pattern continues

Perhaps drier weather arrives next week

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Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Tuesday: The influences of “Fred” arrive. Light rain is likely, especially across the eastern half of the plateau.

Wednesday: Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.

Friday – Saturday: Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Monday: Mostly sunny.

MM’s Wx Concerns

Hay Weather Forecast 

Today’s Stats

Almanac for Yesterday

On This Day in Wx History

1915 – A hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900), just ten percent were left standing.

1969 – Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block, Louisiana, and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  120° at both Stovepipe Wells & Death Valley, California

Low:   29° at Peter Sinks, Utah 

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

The big weather story for Tennessee today will be the arrival of the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred across East Tennessee. Flood watches are in effect for much of the Tennessee Valley and the mountains. Severe weather is not expected, but flooding could certainly occur in some locations. Rain and clouds will keep temperatures in the 70s from the Plateau eastward. Elsewhere across the state, look for partly cloudy skies and only a chance for a mainly afternoon or evening shower or storm, along with high temps near 90 degrees.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather

Rain chances will be highest across East Tennessee, as “Fred” moves out and away from the area overnight. Elsewhere, a thunderstorm or two may linger into the early evening. Otherwise, look for clear to partly cloudy skies and lows near 70 statewide.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

The heat returns for all on Wednesday, with afternoon high temps climbing into the mid to upper 80s. That heat, along with the humidity, will combine to create an environment favorable for scattered showers and thunderstorms.


It continues to look like Tropical Storm Grace will move through the southern Gulf and then make landfall in Mexico by the end of this week. I’ll keep you posted on any changes to that track that might come.

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Tropical Storm Henri is expected to curve out to sea this week and only bring rough surf to the eastern seaboard.

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Sun & Moon  

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday. “Fred” should really help out with the dry conditions in East Tennessee. It’s actually just what they needed!

Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity

The red dots are the most recent, and the larger dots represent the magnitude of the quake.

Tracking the Fire and Smoke 

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