Strong to severe storms have developed across the Nashville area and those are moving east and southeast. They’re not exceptionally severe, I suppose I can fairly say, but they are producing very gusty winds and very heavy rainfall. There’s more thunderstorm activity to the west and northwest of these initial storms.
So, we’ll certainly hear thunder at some point tonight. I don’t expect anything to get too crazy, but lightning this time of year can be impressive (as we’ve seen lately). Plus, you can never rule out a damaging wind gust from summer storms.
I’ll keep an eye on things and let you know if there’s anything especially concerning coming. Just make sure you’re weather aware later this evening. These initial storms should be approaching the plateau by 10:00 p.m. (Cookeville may be getting storms by 9:30).
A lightning strike or a big wind gust can always knock out the lights. Be prepared for that, just in case.
I highlighted the border of Cumberland County in the RadarScope image below. Notice those storms over near Nashville. The one that is severe (yellow box) is right over the city. Other storms are liable to become severe from time to time, with damaging winds, cloud to ground lightning, and heavy rainfall being the main threats.
If you enjoy watching lightning from afar, be looking west over the next hour. Skies are sure to light up. Remember, if you can’t hear thunder you’re safe from lightning. If you can hear thunder, you’re close enough to be struck.
You all take care! I’ll be watching it all for ya!
Things are still looking good for us this evening! Storms in southeast Missouri have weakened and they are not a threat to anyone now. Other, much stronger storms, are developing in central Missouri. Those are the ones we’ll track through the night. The threat still looks to come after 10:00 p.m. and more than likely will hold off until after midnight.
I’ll be out and about this evening but I’ll keep an eye on things. I’ll do another update by 10:00 p.m.
Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a hot one out there! The humidity makes it feel so much warmer than it is. The good news is that after tonight’s storms, humidity levels will drop in the coming days. Today is the last of the super humid days.
Storms are firing off across southeastern Missouri at this hour. The Storm Prediction Center has been considering issuing a severe thunderstorm watch for that area. I just noticed that one of the storms has now gone severe. That’s the first warning on this storms since they developed a couple of hours ago. Should a watch be issued, it will likely extend into portions of northern West Tennessee and perhaps western Middle TN.
Those storms, along with new ones that develop, will gradually push southeastward toward our area in the overnight hours.
You may notice a milky look to our sky. That’s smoke again. Massive wildfires out west continue to pump impressive amounts of smoke into the atmosphere. The airflow aloft is such that the smoke is getting steered into our skies.
It continues to look like the worst of our storm threat will hold off until at least 9:00 pm, but more than likely that threat will come closer to midnight. Keep in mind that heavy rainfall is also likely with some storms.
As with any overnight storm scenario, go ahead and prepare for overnight power outages, just in case. I’m charging up my portable battery charger, cell phones, etc. Know where the flashlights are right now, rather than wait until the lights go out after dark and you end up stumping your toe and saying big bad words in the dark. (ha) Just do the easy things now that could save you lots of trouble later on.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely. Some storms could be severe and rainfall could be heavy.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers & storms, especially the first half of the day.
Monday – Tuesday: Partly to mostly sunny.
Wednesday – Friday: Mostly sunny, with a chance for a shower or storm.
Hay Weather Forecast
127 Yard Sale Forecast
Farmer’s Almanac Fishing Forecast
Jul 31Fair, but best in the morning
Aug 01 Fair, but best in the Morning (Just watch out for any storms that may be around)
Aug 02 Poor
Aug 03 Poor
Aug 04 Best in the Morning
Aug 05 Best in the Morning
Aug 06 Good in the Morning
A potent system ill drop in from the northwest late tonight, bringing the chance for strong to severe storms. I’ll keep a close eye on this through the day and nail down timing as more data comes in. Right now, the greatest threat looks to come after midnight.
Meteorologist Mark’s Wx Concerns
Almanac for Yesterday
Sun & Moon
Planting by the Moon
31st Good days for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
1st Good day for transplanting. Root crops that can be planted now will yield well.
2nd – 3rd Any seed planted now will tend to rot.
4th – 6th Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.
7th – 10th Best for killing weeds, briars, poison ivy, and other plant pests. Clear wood lots and fencerows.
11th – 12th Excellent for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats, and rye. Plant flowers. Good days for planting aboveground crops.
13th – 14th Plant seedbeds. Plant peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other aboveground crops in southern Florida, California, and Texas. Extra good for leafy vegetables.
15th – 17th Cut winter wood, do clearing and plowing, but no planting.
On This Day in Wx History
1976 – A stationary thunderstorm produced more than ten inches of rain which funneled into the narrow Thompson River Canyon of northeastern Colorado. A wall of water six to eight feet high wreaked a twenty-five mile path of destruction from Estes Park to Loveland killing 156 persons. The flash flood caught campers, and caused extensive structural and highway damage. Ten miles of U.S. Highway 34 were totally destroyed as the river was twenty feet higher than normal at times.
Yesterday’s National Temperature Extremes
High: 111° at Richland, Washington
Low: 36° at both Choteau, Montana & Pierce, Idaho
Past 24-Hour Earthquake Activity
The size of the dot indicates the magnitude of the quake. Larger dots equal bigger quakes. If the dot is red, that means it happened more recently. Orange dots represent quakes that occurred several hours ago.
The drought monitor is updated each Thursday.
Charlie Kruschek (@strmchasinchuck) took this phenomenal photo of a shelf cloud illuminated by lightning Wednesday night over La Cross, Wisconsin.
During this week in 2008, NASA confirmed that at least one of the lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan contained liquid hydrocarbons. This discovery made Titan the only other celestial body in our solar system to contain liquid on its surface at the time. Below is an artist’s rendering of that lake.