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Thursday Evening Wx Update

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.

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MM’s Thursday Wx Forecast for May 19

For the risk for strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening, mainly along and north of I-40

This Week’s Hazards

Today’s risk is mainly for areas along and north of I-40.

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Extended Forecast

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


Drought Data 

The drought data is updated each Thursday morning. For even more drought info, please visit my link at
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This is today’s update! Notice how dry conditions are moving north.


Planets to Look Up for Tonight

MercuryThu 5:47 amThu 7:52 pmThu 12:50 pmExtremely difficult to see
VenusThu 3:46 amThu 4:26 pmThu 10:06 amGood visibility
MarsThu 2:45 amThu 2:32 pmThu 8:39 amAverage visibility
JupiterThu 2:58 amThu 2:59 pmThu 8:58 amFairly good visibility
SaturnThu 1:22 amThu 12:02 pmThu 6:42 amAverage visibility
UranusThu 4:53 amThu 6:34 pmThu 11:43 amExtremely difficult to see
NeptuneThu 2:41 amThu 2:27 pmThu 8:34 amVery difficult to see


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MM Classes

The next MM kids class will be at the Clarkrange Roane State Campus this evening! This will be the first MM class in Fentress County! That class is now full.

Last night’s class at TCAT in Crossville went so well! I had a great turnout and the kids were absolutely awesome!

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

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

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7:45 Weather Update

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

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2:30 Weather Update

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.