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MM’s Friday Weather Forecast for May 6

Severe Weather Statement

Clouds and showers cover the plateau this morning. As I discussed last night, that could help keep our atmosphere more stable. Nevertheless, enough ingredients are in place for us to be weather-aware today. Conditions may even become favorable for tornadoes later this morning, so stay tuned. We’ll hope that this morning activity will keep us safe, but we won’t rely on it 100%. Review your severe weather safety plan and how it relates to your plans for today.

The severe weather risk increases from west to east today, with the lesser threat being found around the Nashville area and the greater threat being found around the Knoxville area. It is certainly possible that storms will stay below severe limits on the plateau and become severe in the valley of East TN. I’ll watch that closely.

I’ll update again at 10:00, or as needed.

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Radar Simulation

This simulation begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 pm. As you can see, the bulk of the activity may occur between 10:00 and noon, with lingering storms possibly firing off through the afternoon. I’ll keep an eye on this today and let you know how this all evolves. Stay tuned.

Extended Forecast

Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms could be strong to severe. Windy, with gusts to 20 mph.

Saturday: Scattered showers and cooler. Breezy.

Sunday – Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warming up.

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On This Day

1975 – A massive tornado hit Omaha, Nebraska, killing three persons, injuring 133 others, and causing 150 million dollars damage. The tornado struck during the late afternoon moving northeastward through the industrial and residential areas of west central Omaha, and lifting over the northern section of the city. The twister, which cut a swath ten miles long and as much as a quarter of a mile wide, was the mostly costly in U.S. history up until that time.

1840 – World’s first adhesive postage stamp, the “Penny Black”, is first used in Great Britain



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 is the latest map!

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MercuryFri 6:33 amFri 9:04 pmFri 1:48 pmDifficult to see
VenusFri 3:57 amFri 4:05 pmFri 10:01 amGood visibility
MarsFri 3:11 amFri 2:36 pmFri 8:54 amAverage visibility
JupiterFri 3:42 amFri 3:39 pmFri 9:40 amFairly good visibility
SaturnFri 2:12 amFri 12:51 pmFri 7:31 amAverage visibility
UranusFri 5:42 amFri 7:21 pmFri 12:31 pmVery close to Sun, not visible
NeptuneFri 3:32 amFri 3:17 pmFri 9:24 amVery difficult to see

MM News & Creative Compassion

You can now purchase tickets to Weather & Wine through Eventbrite at! You can also come by the office at Creative Compassion and buy a ticket, or just simply let me know that you would like to attend and will pay at the door of the event.

Stonehaus Winery is graciously hosting this unique class! You don’t have to be a wine drinker to appreciated the fascinating impacts of weather and climate on this industry. This fun and informative class has limited seating, so be sure and secure your spot today!

Proceeds benefit Creative Compassion and our mission to help folks who are struggling to make ends meet due to a financial emergency.  This is a fun way to support a wonderful local nonprofit and to help folks in need in our community!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Stonehaus will offer wine tastings at their tasting bar after class for those who are interested. Some of those wines will feature those discussed in class!


This week’s newsletter is about hail. While so many folks fear tornadoes this time of year, the hail threat is nothing to dismiss! Find out how hail forms and what kind of history the plateau has had with hail events. Find out this and more in this week’s MM newsletter, released each Friday by noon at! Proceeds from subscriptions go toward supporting the MM kids classes taught monthly at both TCAT Crossville and Roane State Clarkrange.

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