I am a local meteorologist for the Upper Cumberlands of Tennessee. I absolutely love tracking and forecasting the weather for this region! It is certainly an interesting place for weather!
I also write weekly weather articles for the Fentress Courier and the Livingston Enterprise, in addition to teaching free science classes for kids once a month.
If you ever want to talk weather you have found an ear! I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing for it!
Once again, storms have focused on Kentucky today. That state is now covered with tornado and severe t-storm watches, along with many warnings. That activity is expected to stay in Kentucky.
Enjoy the nice weather coming tomorrow and Saturday. We’re about to enter a pattern that features scattered showers and storms each day starting Sunday and lasting through much of next week.
I want to say that I thank the Roane State campus in Clarkrange for hosting the first MM kids class in Fentress County this evening. It was an incredible success and I look forward to many more classes there to come!
You all have a nice evening! I’ll have a full blog update in the morning.
Thursday: Chance showers and storms. Some storms could be severe.
Friday: Partly cloudy.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with showers and storms developing overnight.
Sunday: Rain and thunderstorms likely.
Monday – Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms.
MM’s Severe Wx Concerns
The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the Cumberland Plateau in the SLIGHT RISK for severe thunderstorms for this afternoon and evening. Those of you south of I-40 are in the MARGINAL RISK.
Severe Weather Safety
On This Day
1989 – Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front spawned ten tornadoes from Illinois to Tennessee during the afternoon and night. Snow, wind and cold prevailed in the Northern Plateau Region and the Northern Rockies. Dixie, Idaho, was blanketed with nine inches of snow, winds gusted to 87 mph at Choteau, Montana, and the temperature at Crater Lake, Oregon, dipped to 11 degrees.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason
This is today’s update! Notice how dry conditions are moving north.
Planets to Look Up for Tonight
Thu 5:47 am
Thu 7:52 pm
Thu 12:50 pm
Extremely difficult to see
Thu 3:46 am
Thu 4:26 pm
Thu 10:06 am
Thu 2:45 am
Thu 2:32 pm
Thu 8:39 am
Thu 2:58 am
Thu 2:59 pm
Thu 8:58 am
Fairly good visibility
Thu 1:22 am
Thu 12:02 pm
Thu 6:42 am
Thu 4:53 am
Thu 6:34 pm
Thu 11:43 am
Extremely difficult to see
Thu 2:41 am
Thu 2:27 pm
Thu 8:34 am
Very difficult to see
The latest newsletter was released Friday, as it is each and every Friday! This newsletter focuses on the violent tornado that struck the Tansi community in May of 1995. That was a phenomenal storm that, after many quiet years, reminded us of our vulnerability to severe weather. Find out about this and more at https://meteorologistmarkpro.com/! Proceeds from subscriptions go toward supporting the MM kids classes taught monthly at both TCAT Crossville and Roane State Clarkrange.
The radar in our neck of the woods continues to look good! As I drove home this evening, I could see some towering thunderheads in Kentucky. Those storms are certainly intense, with several tornado warnings right now. BUT, that is sliding east and will not affect us.
Our atmosphere is still unstable but, as the sun sets and the surface cools, it should become less unstable. Short term models show some storms developing around Livingston to Jamestown around midnight but that is quite uncertain.
So, I’m feeling like we’ve dodged another one, with Kentucky taking one on the chin for us this time.
After dark, you might look north and see some distant lightning (heat lightning) with some of those taller thunderheads.
We have another low-end threat tomorrow afternoon and evening. We’ll pray we’re as lucky as today.
I had a great MM kids class this evening, especially with severe storms in Kentucky and the class topic being tornadoes. On top of that, today is the anniversary of the May 18, 1995 Tansi tornado.
I had some GREAT kids in class who had the best questions! I have a feeling there were several future MM’s in there! ha TCAT was, as usual, wonderful hosts.
Tomorrow evening is my first MM kids class in Fentress County! That class will be hosted by the Roane State Clarkrange campus. I can’t wait to see how that goes!
You all take care. I’ll jump back on here if needed. Otherwise, I’ll have my usual update in the morning.
The current radar below shows how lucky we were. Three tornado warning are ongoing in southeast Kentucky just north of the Tennessee border
The Storm Prediction Center just issued a statement advising that a watch may be issued for parts of Middle TN and Kentucky within the next few hours. The atmosphere has become very unstable this afternoon and the potential is there for severe storms. Now, while the potential is there, we continue to lack a strong mechanism to kick off storms, such as a cold front, etc. Nevertheless, IF a storm develops in this environment it will most certainly become quite intense. Large hail and damaging wind would be the main threats, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Let’s be weather-aware the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening. Know where you would go in case a warning is issued, just in case.