We’re in a bit of a break from the rain for now, but that will change as we go through the day. Showers are possible at any time, but as the center of former Tropical Storm Cindy makes it way closer to our area this afternoon and evening, t-storms will become more likely. Some of these storms will be capable of damaging winds and very heavy rainfall. In addition. tropical systems tend to produce isolated, weak tornadoes. I expect tornado watches to be issued for our area a bit later today. I’ll let you know when they are. If we get some sunshine today, that will destabilize the environment even more. So, if we stay cloudy that will really help keep the storms from becoming as severe as they might otherwise be.
Tonight, the chance for heavy showers continues, as the remnants of Cindy collide with a cold front over our area. All this activity should be moving out of here by Saturday morning. Most of Saturday should be rain-free, but we can’t rule out a morning shower. Sunday looks fantastic, with highs near 80 and lower humidity values.
I’ll keep an eye on the weather today and will let you know if something comes up that you need to know about!
The severe wx threat cover most of TN and KY today, as seen in the map above.
The latest update on what was Tropical Storm Cindy shows the storm continues to weaken as it tracks toward TN for Friday. The center should move just north of the Plateau, across southern KY. This puts us in a favorable position for tornadoes. The good news is that these tornadoes will be very isolated and very weak in nature. We won’t see incredible amounts of damage, by any means. We will have more rain and storms and some of the storms could produce strong straight-line winds. Overall, we’re very fortunate this system isn’t any stronger and we’re very fortunate that a cold front is kicking it on out of here, substantially reducing the flooding threat.
I’ll be watching throughout the evening and especially on Friday. A tornado watch will likely be issued at some point on Friday. I’ll keep you posted!
Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall this morning at about 2:00 this morning on the TX/LA border. The tropical storm is now moving northward at about 12 mph. A front will interact with Cindy and really scoot her along. This same front, along with the interaction with land, will also shear Cindy apart, reducing her to a depression by later today. The affects of Cindy will be felt here today with numerous showers and t-showers, some of which could produce heavy downpours. We should get a break this evening as some drier air works its way in here, before the center of the remnants of Cindy, along with the cold front, make their way through the area on Friday. It is then that we could see some strong to severe t-storms, some of which could produce weak, short-lived tornadoes. These weak tornadoes are common with tropical systems, a result of all the spin associated with these lows. Imagine a great big spin (Cindy) producing much smaller spins (tornadoes). The rainfall will be our greatest impact, by far, with up to 2″ of rain falling and isolated amounts of up to 3-4″. Gusty winds will also be around, though they shouldn’t be enough to cause problems.
As for Saturday and Sunday? I think they both look alright at this point. Cindy is moving a bit faster than expected and the cold front will ensure that she doesn’t stall out or slow down. This means that she should continue to progress and by Saturday morning should be east of us, which will bring in northerly, less humid breezes. At best, we may see a shower Saturday morning. It’ll be nice to be able to dry out after all the rain that’s coming! Sunday looks fantastic as well.
Waterspouts (tornadoes over water) coming ashore near Santa Rosa Island, Florida Wednesday afternoon as the outer bands of Cindy made their way onshore. Wow!
The big weather headline today is Tropical Story Cindy. The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is drifting slowly northwest at 7 mph. The storm should make landfall on the Louisiana-Texas border later tonight. The storm will then move northward and get shoved to the northeast by a weak cold front. That will take the center of the storm right over the top of Middle TN on Friday and Friday night. Gusty winds and very heavy rainfall are likely. All areas should see close to 2″ of rain, with isolated areas seeing up to 4″ of rain. With the center of the storm passing so close to us, we can’t rule out an isolated, weak tornado Friday night.
For today, we’ll see increasing clouds from Tropical Storm Cindy. We’ll also see humidity increasing as the storm moves a very tropical airmass into our neck of the woods. I think we’ll stay dry today and tonight, with showers increasing through the day on Thursday. Rain should be light through the day and night Thursday. By Friday, the center of Tropical Storm Cindy gets much closer and winds will increase to around 30 mph. Rainfall will be heavy at times both Friday and Friday night. On Saturday, the system begins pulling to the east of us and we should start to gradually dry out. Sunday looks nice, with lower humidity and highs near 80. So, if you’re yard needs mowing you better mow it today! It’ll be a while before you get to do that again.