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MM Wed Wx Blog for Aug 18

Weather Headlines

Watching storms to our west move east today

Wet and stormy days ahead

Drier weather to start the new workweek

MM News

Last night’s kids class went so well! We made our florescent bulbs light up with just some wool and a balloon, and we learned all about how lightning happens. I even had them draw a thunderstorm, which they really enjoyed (they were quite creative! ha). Then, we had way too much fun with the plasma ball. I had some REALLY good questions, too!

I’ve been doing these classes for two years now! That’s hard to believe. The first lesson, like this evening’s, was on lightning. If you know a kid who would like these classes, please send them this way! The class is very laid back and we just do our best to have as much fun as we can learning sciency stuff. I do these once a month at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crossville (TCAT) and we thank them so much for being so accommodating. We are very grateful for such a nice place to have our classes! The snacks aren’t half bad either! As always, a parent or guardian are required to stay with the kids during the lesson. To be honest. I think they enjoy these as much as the kids! haha

Next month’s class, by request from the kids, will be on strange things that fall from the sky. Haha! I’m not gonna lie…I’m pretty stoked about this.

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Seven-Day Forecast

Daily Forecast 

Wednesday: Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Any storm that develops could be strong.

Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely all day.

Friday – Saturday: Scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms likely.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Monday – Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny, with just a slight chance for an afternoon shower or storm..

MM’s Wx Concerns

Any storm that develops could produce heavy rainfall, gusty winds (briefly damaging?), and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. be careful if you’re out and about in the coming days. Be especially careful on roadways that may become covered in water during the heavier downpours.

Hay Weather Forecast 

Note that there are indications that a wet pattern may return by the end of next week.

Today’s Stats

Almanac for Yesterday

On This Day in Wx History

1925 – During the late morning hours a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa, completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of 2.5 million dollars damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work. It was one of the worst hailstorms of record for the nation.

Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes

High:  118° at Stovepipe Wells, California

Low:   34° at Bodie, California 

Today’s Tennessee Weather 

A disturbance moving across the state today will produce showers and thunderstorms this morning across West Tennessee. That activity will spread eastward through the way, giving many of us a chance for storms today. Any storm that develops could produce gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. Afternoon highs will be near 90 degrees across the west and 80 in the east.

Tonight’s Tennessee Weather

Shower and thunderstorm chances continue into the night. Overnight lows will be near 70 degrees statewide.

Tomorrow’s Tennessee Weather 

More scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely across the state for Thursday. Once again, any storm that develops could be a heavy rainmaker and contain gusty winds and lightning. Afternoon highs will generally be in the low to mid 80s statewide.


Tropical Storm Grace is growing stronger and is now just below hurricane strength, with winds of 65 mph. A storm becomes a hurricane at 74 mph. The storm is trekking westward and is expected to continue that trek for the duration of its life.

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Tropical Storm Henri is expected to become a hurricane by Friday. The good news is that the storm will turn out to sea before impacting the U.S. The only folks who need to keep an eye on Henri are the folks on the coast of New England, where the storm could come close enough to cause some problems by Sunday.

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Sun & Moon  

Drought Monitor

The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.

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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