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MM’s Saturday Weather Forecast for February 19

A Sunny Weekend Before a Week of Rain

School Visit 

I visited the Kindergarteners at Homestead Elementary Friday morning. What a great visit that was! We talked about weather and the adventures of a raindrop. I ended by making sure they all know what to do when bad storms move in on us. I can’t wait to be back there next Friday to visit the 6th graders!

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Noon Forecast

48-Hour Forecast 

Extended Forecast 

Saturday: Mostly sunny & becoming windy.

Sunday: Sunny & warmer. A nice day to get outside!

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers by afternoon and evening.

Tuesday: Rain likely. Rain could be heavy at times.

Wednesday: Morning showers.

Thursday: Rain likely. Rain could be heavy at times.


MM’s Wx Concerns 

This is a map showing total rainfall for next week. The official forecast calls for 3-5 inches of rain next week, though some guidance suggests amounts could be 1-2 inches higher than that. Thankfully, this rain will fall over the course of the week and not at once. Nevertheless, this much water in a week could lead to some flooding issues, especially in flood-prone areas on the plateau. The heaviest rain is expected to fall on Tuesday and Thursday.

On This Day in Wx History

1960- Sparta receives 10″ of snowfall — its greatest one-day snowfall ever.

1951- A young couple by the name of Jane and Guy Baldwin enjoyed their first day as a married couple, after having eloped to Georgia the day before. Granny always said it was a beautiful spring-line day and the Jonquils were blooming at the Georgia courthouse. They would be married for 69 years and be some of the best grandparents Meteorologist Mark could ever hope for.

28 Days Until Spring

Almanac for Yesterday

Special Announcement

Local Author Rita Reali has graciously offered a portion of her book sales to Creative Compassion! To meet the author and get a signed copy of her book(s), mark your calendar for Saturday March 5 at 1:00. Rita will be at the Art Circle Public Library in the Community Room from 1:00 -3:00. Meteorologist Mark will be there, too! ha Come on our for some light snacks and riveting conversation! 🙂

MM News

The centerpiece of this week’s newsletter features a story about why some folks think February 14th is the real Groundhog day! It’s quite fascinating and my grandfather was actually one who believed this. Find out why in this week’s newsletter!

Weekly newsletter subscription proceeds go toward supporting my education outreach, primarily including the monthly class for kids that I teach at TCAT. Try a free sample at and go to the “Free Sample” link. Subs are only $5 per month or discounted at $50 a year. Each week’s newsletter primarily focuses on the weather of the plateau. Find out why subscribers are raving on their new weather newsletters!

Drought Data 

The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is each Tuesday at 7 a.m. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. This week’s latest map is seen below. For much more drought info, please follow my link to

Saving our Hardwoods

To learn more about the fight to save the hardwoods from being deforested on Catoosa, please see Legislation is being considered that would prevent TWRA from directly profiting from the timber cutting, which would likely discourage them from further deforesting. Please help us fight to save our hardwoods for present and future generations, and please consider signing the petition to save our hardwoods on Catoosa at

A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 pm at the Community Complex. Marvin Bullock from the White County Chamber of Commerce will share his experience with fighting the cutting on the Bridgestone-Firestone Wilderness area of White County and offer advice on what we can do to fight clear cutting on Catoosa. Representatives from the TWRA have also been invited via email and certified letter.

“We used up or destroyed much of our natural heritage just because that heritage was so bountiful. We slashed our forests, we used our soils, we encouraged floods, we overconcentrated our wealth, we disregarded our unemployed – all of this so greatly that we brought rather suddenly to face the fact that unless we gave thought to the lives of our children and grandchildren, they would no longer be able to live and to improve our American way of life,” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Creative Compassion

Keep in mind that Creative is ready to help with low-housing needs as best we can. We can help you secure a mortgage and we can help with home repairs. We even have assistance available to help with utility bills and/or rent. Please see our website for more info at and to check out our new newsletter. Let me know if you have any questions!

Creative Compassion, Inc

And if you or someone you know needs a high school diploma, just let me know and I’ll help you get that degree! Contact me or someone at the adult education center today to get the diploma you’ve always wanted!

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

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