**Gusty winds could once again threaten to bring down small tree branches, especially if they were loosened by yesterday’s winds. Be safe outside.
I’m headed to Pine Haven Elementary in Jamestown this morning to talk weather and space to 5th and 6th graders! I can’t wait!
Tonight I’ll be at North Cumberland for Space Night! That sounds like too much fun!
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Thursday: A chance for showers in the morning, then partly to mostly cloudy. Northerly winds.
Friday: Skies gradually clear out. Great weather for Friday at the Crossroads in Downtown Crossville that evening!
Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy.
Sunday: Mostly sunny.
Monday: Partly cloudy.
Tuesday: Rain and storms.
MM’s Severe Wx Concerns for the Week
Look for Meteorologist Mark at Friday at the Crossroads in Downtown Crossville this coming Friday, April 1! I’ll be set up in front of Hurricane Cycles (across from the Depot). Creative Compassion will be set up beside me, as well as the Bigfoot Festival booth! The weather is looking great! Come on out and say hello! For more information about Crossroads, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/372622784702476/?ref=newsfeed.
On This Day in Wx History
March has a tendency to go out like a lion!
1890 – Saint Louis, Missouri, received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours. It was the worst snowstorm of record for the St Louis.
1954 – The temperature at Rio Grande City, Texas, hit 108 degrees, which for thirty years was a U.S. record for the month of March.
1962 – A tornado struck the town of Milton, Florida, killing 17 persons and injuring 100 others. It was the worst tornado disaster in Florida history.
1973 – A devastating tornado took a nearly continuous 75 mile path through north central Georgia causing more than 113 million dollars damage, the highest total of record for a natural disaster in the state.
Almanac for Yesterday
Last week’s MM kids class went so well! We learned about the impacts of damaging winds and then we constructed homes that were wind proof. Those homes were put to the test by a leaf blower and they did so well! Some aspiring engineers in that class! As always, we’re thankful for TCAT for being such gracious hosts to our classes and we’re thankful for all of you who support the classes with donations and subscriptions to the newsletter!
A $1,000 grant for tablets for the MM kids classes was secured through Volunteer Electric’s Customer Share Program. This program receives funds from when you have your electric bill rounded to the nearest cent. Grants from this program total over seven million dollars to date! Please consider participating in that program. More info can be found at https://vec.org/community-programs/vecustomers-share/
I am also forever grateful to all those who gave money to make these tablets possible.
This week’s newsletter focuses on Wednesday night’s event and what most commonly “makes or breaks” a severe weather event in our region. I’ve got some good info!
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We had a wonderful fundraiser at TCAT on Tuesday selling Frito Banditos to students, faculty and staff! We are so thankful for TCAT’s sponsorship of that event! They provided the food and we served. We then got to keep every dime we raised selling food. What a great deal!
Local author Rita Reali has offered a portion of her book sales to go to Creative Compassion! That fundraiser began March 4th and continues through June 4th. To purchase a book contact Rita at rita@LittleElmPress.com.
Our next book signing event will be Saturday, April 30 at Grinder House Coffee on Main Street in Crossville. Come out and visit us between 11:00-1:00! We sure would love to see ya!
Since January 1st, we’ve helped 12 families with rent/mortgage/utility assistance who have encountered loss of work due to sickness. We can help with these needs even if you are not considered “low-income” because we know anyone can fall on hard times due to sickness or a death in the family. For more info on our organization or to give (any amount is appreciated!), please see https://ccihomes.org/ and/or let me know if you have any questions or fundraising ideas!
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! http://www.pcsstn.com/home
Fire Weather Map (New!)
Tennessee’s annual fire season runs from October 15 through May 15.
The fire dangers for today (left) and tomorrow (right). Tennessee is looking good.
Drought Data (Updated this morning!)
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 then released to the public each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. For much more drought info, please follow my link to https://meteorologistmark.com/drought-info/.