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MM’s Fri Wx Forecast for Aug 12

While enjoying the anticipated space weather, astronomer Fred Bruenjes recorded a series of many 30 second long exposures spanning about six hours on the night of 2004 August 11/12 using a wide angle lens. Combining those frames which captured meteor flashes, he produced this dramatic view of the Perseids of summer. Although the comet dust particles are traveling parallel to each other, the resulting shower meteors clearly seem to radiate from a single point on the sky in the eponymous constellation Perseus. Credit: NASA.

Look for the Perseids tonight and through the weekend!

For the best chance of seeing a meteor, look northeast, toward the end of the Big Dipper’s handle.

Wx Summary

A very pleasant August forecast is in the cards for us for both today and tomorrow. Get out and look for those Perseid meteors this weekend, but keep in mind the light from that big Full Moon will drown out a lot of the meteors. Still, that moon is quite the sight itself! Temps and humidity increase a bit for Sunday, which will likely lead to an isolated shower or storm in the afternoon or evening. That isolated storm chance continues into Monday. By Tuesday, even more humidity will lead to an increased risk for a shower or storm, especially in the afternoon and evening hours.

This Week’s Hazards

MM’s Wx Vlog 

Five-Day Outlook

Weather Forecast

Friday & Saturday: Mostly sunny with low humidity. Pleasant. Northeast wind at 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. A bit more humid. A slight chance for an isolated afternoon or evening shower or storm. Southwest wind at 5-10 mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance for mainly isolated afternoon and evening showers and storms. Humidity increases a bit more. Northwest wind at 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for showers and storms, especially in the afternoon. Light north wind at 5 mph.

On This Day 

1987 – Early afternoon thunderstorms in Arizona produced 3.90 inches of rain in ninety minutes at Walnut National Monument (located east of Flagstaff), along with three inches of pea size hail, which had to be plowed off the roads.

1908 – Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car.


Past 24-Hour Precip Totals 

Past 24-Hour Temperature Changes

Red colors show if temps warmed at a certain location from 24 hours ago. Bluer colors indicated colder temps from 24 hours ago. The darker the coloration, the more dramatic the temp change.

Drought Outlook 

The drought map is updated each Thursday. This week’s map shows improving conditions across Middle and East TN, where the only dry conditions to be found are across western Middle TN. West TN’s drought conditions improved from last week. The estimated number of Tennesseeans in drought conditions is 1,793,835.

For more info, just follow my link at

Hurricane Forecast

An area of low pressure has developed off the Mississippi Coast. That disturbance has a very small chance of developing into something tropical this weekend and could impact the Texas coastline. See for more info.

MM News

Page A3 of this week’s Fentress Courier features my first article as a paid columnist for the Courier! Check that out if you can! I hear it’s getting great reviews!

MM Classes for Kids

The next MM kids class at TCAT in Crossville will be Wednesday, August 17 at 4:30. This class is now FULL but you can be added to the wait list at

That class topic is telescopes, with emphasis on the new NASA James Webb telescope! The Crossvilel Chronicle will be there to cover the class!

Next month’s topic will be the Artemis mission, as Artemis 1 is scheduled to launch at the end of this month! That mission will eventually take us back to the Moon and on to Mars! I’ll have more info on that class coming soon!

Registration for the Clarkrange Artemis class for Sept. 1 is now open! That registration form can be found at


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

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