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MM’s Monday Wx Forecast for May 23

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else,” Charles Dickens.

This Week’s Hazards

Even with increased rain and storm chances coming, the risk for severe weather looks very low for the next week! Just keep in mind that any storm that forms this time of year can contain heavy rainfall, small hail, gusty winds, and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning.

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HRRR Radar Model (New!) 

The time for this simulation runs from 9:00 a.m. today to 9:00 p.m. this evening. Notice that the majority of the rainfall moves out by evening.

Extended Forecast

Monday: Rain likely.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy.

Wednesday – Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Friday – Saturday: Partly cloudy and pleasant.

Seven-Day Rainfall (New!)

This is the anticipated rainfall for the week, as forecast by the computer models. It looks like a healthy drink of water is coming to much of the state over the next week. The heaviest rains are expected to stay to just to our west and south (red-shaded regions).

MM’s Severe Wx Concerns 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of our area in the MARGINAL RISK for severe storms on Wednesday. This is the lowest of the five severe weather risk categories.

Severe Weather Safety 

MM Classes for Kids

The next free MM kids class at TCAT Crossville will be Wednesday, June 15 at 4:00. Register today at

The next free MM kids class at Roane State in Clarkrange will be Thursday, June 16 at 5:00. Register for that class at

The class topic for each class in June will be hurricanes! I have some cool hands-on activities and more planned!

On This Day

1882 – An unusual late season snow blanketed eastern Iowa, with four to six inches reported around Washington. 

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.


Drought Data 

The drought data is updated each Thursday morning. For even more drought info, please visit my link at
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Planets to Look Up for Tonight

Clouds will likely obscure much of the view.

MercuryMon 5:28 amMon 7:22 pmMon 12:26 pmExtremely difficult to see
VenusMon 3:43 amMon 4:33 pmMon 10:07 amGood visibility
MarsMon 2:37 amMon 2:31 pmMon 8:34 amAverage visibility
JupiterMon 2:44 amMon 2:47 pmMon 8:45 amFairly good visibility
SaturnTue 1:03 amTue 11:43 amTue 6:23 amPerfect visibility
UranusMon 4:38 amMon 6:19 pmMon 11:28 amExtremely difficult to see
NeptuneMon 2:26 amMon 2:12 pmMon 8:19 amVery difficult to see


This week’s newsletter is focused on my storm chasing adventure to Oklahoma during this week in 2013. During that event, a powerful EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, which was several miles north of my location. That was the last EF-5 our country has seen. Find out about this and more at! Proceeds from subscriptions go toward supporting the MM kids classes taught monthly at both TCAT Crossville and Roane State Clarkrange. Those subscriptions are only $5 per month or $50 for the year.

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

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