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MM’s Sun Wx Forecast for Aug 14

The first image of the Earth from the distance of the Moon, taken in August of 1966. The Lunar Orbiter 1 spacecraft became the first U.S. craft to orbit the Moon on August 14, 1966. This was only 133 days after the Soviet Luna 10 became the Moon’s first artificial satellite. The picture above was taken by the Lunor Orbiter 1.

Wx Summary

A very nice Sunday is in store for our region, as high pressure remains in control. That high pressure will be holding off a disturbance passing to our north today. That disturbance may send an isolated shower or storm onto the plateau this afternoon or evening. That rain chance is only 10%. The new workweek starts off with partly to mostly sunny skies and an increase in humidity. That warmth and humidity will lead to a 20% chance for an isolated, mainly afternoon shower or storm. Rain chances tick up just a bit by the middle and latter part of the week, though chances remain rather isolated.

This Week’s Hazards

MM’s Wx Vlog 

Five-Day Outlook

Weather Forecast

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

Monday & Tuesday: 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.

Wednesday & Thursday: Partly cloudy, with a chance for isolated showers and storms, especially in the afternoons. Light north wind at 5 mph.

On This Day 

1987 – Slow moving thunderstorms deluged northern and western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois with torrential rains. O’Hare Airport reported 9.35 inches in 18 hours, easily exceeding the previous 24 hour record of 6.24 inches. Flooding over a five day period resulted in 221 million dollars damage. It was Chicago’s worst flash flood event, particularly for northern and western sections of the city. Kennedy Expressway became a footpath for thousands of travelers to O’Hare Airport as roads were closed. The heavy rains swelled the Des Plaines River above flood stage, and many persons had to be rescued from stalled vehicles on flooded roads.

1945 –  V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone).


Past 24-Hour Precip Totals 

Today’s High Temps & Departure from Average

Today’s high temps are shown below. The coloration indicates departure from average, with redder colors indicating low temps that were above average and bluer colors indicating temps that were below average. White coloration indicates that average temps for this day are expected.

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.

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Hurricane Forecast

The disturbance in the Gulf that I’ve been tracking for several days is moving onshore today and only limited additional development is possible. Showers and storms did organize somewhat better around that system this morning, so the chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm was left at 10% by the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rainfall is expected across southern Texas through Monday because of this system.

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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