Monday, February 17, 2014

Severe Weather Awareness Week In Tennessee

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Even though this has been one of the coldest winters in recent memory, it won't be long until we have chances of severe to strong weather.

SWAW 2014:
February 16 through February 22 has been designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week across Tennessee.

MOST ACTIVE TIME OF YEAR:
Historically the spring months (March, April, and May) tend to be the most active for severe weather throughout the Volunteer State. There is a secondary season in November as well.

This Week's Events:
Sunday, February 16 - Important Role of SKYWARN Spotters
Monday, February 17 - Hazards of Flooding and Flash Floods
Tuesday, February 18 - Lightning, the Underrated Killer
Wednesday, February 19 - Tornado Safety Day with statewide TORNADO DRILL
Thursday, February 20 - Severe T-Storms and their Devastating Effects
Friday, February 21 - NOAA Weather Radio & Emergency Alert System

Skywarn information including how to get trained as a spotter

NWS Flood Products
What do they mean?



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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Here Comes The Cold (Again)

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Snow showers develop after 3 am as winds turn to the north northwest after frontal passage. Gusts could be as high as 20 mph. Some locations will see as much as one-half inch of accumulation by morning. Low temperature by sunrise of 22°.


WEAR COAT, GLOVES, AND SCARF MONDAY AND TUESDAY

MONDAY'S VERY COLD FORECAST:
20% chance of snow before noon under a cloudy sky with falling temperatures all day. Not expecting any additional accumulation. Gusty winds up to 25 mph will make the day feel quick cutting on exposed skin. Expect temps around 5 pm to be in the middle teens.

BRUTAL COLD ONCE AGAIN:
On Monday night, a wind chill advisory is in effect for below zero wind chill readings from midnight through noon on Tuesday. Very cold with a low of 8°. A high of 19° is expected on Tuesday with sunny skies.



**WIND CHILL ADVISORY**

Tuesday night will be very cold once again with a low of 5°. With any snow cover, we may end up even colder but winds will die down.

Wednesday will see warmer temps with a high of 28°.

We'll probably end up around 82 hours or so below freezing after a 90+ hour run last week. Thursday will finally see us break out from freezing and get up to 41°.

The warm-up continues through the weekend with possible highs in the 50's both Saturday and Sunday! Don't get too comfortable as winter still has a ways to go.

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Gorgeous Sunday; But Near Zero Temps Returning

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We're waking to temps in the upper 30's this morning at 9:00 am after an early morning low of 18°. Expect a mostly sunny sky with a high of 52° along with gusty south southwesterly winds from 15-25 mph. After that it is all downhill through at least Wednesday.

**CAUTION: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT**

RAIN TO SNOW OVERNIGHT:
Tonight, a round of rain and snow develops as winds will turn to the northwest. We'll be right on the line for rain/snow so it is possible we'll awaken to no snow on Monday morning, but temperatures will be falling all day on Monday. We'll be down around 22° by 5 pm. As far as snow goes, it should all wrap up on Monday morning. Expect a blustery day, so dress appropriately.

BELOW ZERO WIND CHILL VALUES MONDAY NIGHT:
Monday night with be another brutally cold night with strong winds and extremely cold temperatures. Lows will bottom around 5° with a 15-25 mph wind causing wind chill readings as low as -10°.

UPPER TEENS TUESDAY WITH SINGLE DIGIT LOWS:
Tuesday will be very cold with partly sunny skies. We'll struggle to get out of the teens with a low a low on Tuesday night of 4°. Wednesday temperatures moderate a bit to 28° but we'll be back into the teens on Wednesday night. Even warmer on Thursday with highs in the lower 40's.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

WARM UP: Finally Above Freezing

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After more than 97 hours below freezing, the thermometer topped 32° in Cookeville at 12:22 pm. This run of frigid weather started back on Tuesday, January 21 at 10:51 am.

SNOWY SATURDAY MORNING:
Cookeville saw snow flurries this morning and sleet during the later mid-morning hours. Roads quickly become covered and side streets were a bit slick. Traffic flow kept main roads from getting any accumulation. Just to our north and east, snow quickly piled up on roads.

Saturday Morning Snowfall Amounts:
Celina/Clay County: Half-inch
Byrdstown/Pickett County: Half to One Inch; slick roads
Jamestown/Fentress County: Up to Two Inches: slick roads

Temperatures have moderated to 40° at 3 pm. We expect a partly cloudy night and turning very cold again with lows around 16° by sunrise on Sunday.

MINI HEAT WAVE:
Sunday will be the nicest day in quite some time with sunny skies early and a high of 53°.

Expect snow showers overnight Sunday with a low of 25°

BITTER COLD AIR RETURNS:
Cold on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with highs around 30° on Monday, 16° on Tuesday, and 25° on Wednesday. Lows will be in the single digits all three nights with the Wednesday morning giving us the best chance to be BELOW ZERO.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

More Accumulating Snow for Cookeville Area

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Do you know how long we've been below freezing?
The answer is below, so keep reading!

BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING:
It's going to be another cold night for the area on Friday night. Currently, at 8:00 pm, we stand at 20°. Friday's high was 27.0° at 3:41 pm. It actually felt quite nice with the sunshine if you could find an area to shelter from the wind. We started out Friday morning at -1.1° at 6:19 am.

MUCH COLDER THAN ALASKA:
Thursday's high of 18° was nearly 30° BELOW NORMAL!
Juneau, Alaska was 47° for the high yesterday!



**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY**

FRIDAY NIGHT/SATURDAY FORECAST:
Clouds will be on the increase and along with that we'll see the temps rise a few degrees toward daybreak. Snow chances will also be on the increase and we can't rule out a 1/2" to 1" accumulation locally in Cookeville with higher amounts in the highest elevations of the Plateau. Saturday's high should be around 37° with snow wrapping up around lunch time. Expect gusty winds to 25 mph.

VERY COLD SATURDAY NIGHT:
Cold on Saturday night with clear skies late and a low of 15°

SNOW POSSIBLE AGAIN SUNDAY NIGHT:
Sunshine and warmer on Sunday with a high of 46° but we will see winds become gusty around 20 mph. Snow redevelops on Sunday night with a low of 29°. I'm not excited about any accumulation so be prepared to go to school on Monday.


BRUTAL COLD RETURNS:
Monday will see temps barely rise to 32° with gusty north winds to 20 mph. This will usher in even colder air and we'll be back into the single digits once again on Monday night. Tuesday will be very cold with highs in the lower 20's and lows again in the single digits near 0°. We may even have to tweak those temps down a few more degrees as we get closer to the event.

Wednesday's high is only expected to be around 24° under a sunny sky.

Looking out ahead, we may actually 'warm' to the 40's next weekend with rain chances!

COLD JANUARY FACTS:
Do you think it's cold? You're not alone.
Check out these January stats!

Average Daily High
January Normal - 46.2°
January 2014 - 43.2°
January 2013 - 48.3°

Average Daily Low
January Normal - 25.8°
January 2014 - 19.6°
January 2013 - 30.3°

We have recorded 6 days with high temps less than 32°.
January 2013 - we recorded just 1 day.

January 2013 coldest temperature was 17°.
January 2014 has been colder than that 9 mornings.
January 2014 has seen 2 days in which the high was just 18°.

**NEARLY 100 HOURS BELOW FREEZING:**
We went below freezing on January 21st at 10:51 am. We won't top 32° until around 11 am tomorrow which is 96 straight hours.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Brutally Cold Once Again

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The polar vortex has returned. Temperatures this Wednesday morning are just 2° in Cookeville, 3° in Sparta, and 1° in Crossville. In Cumberland Cove (near Monterey), a station is reporting -2°.

LIST OF SNOW TOTALS IN MIDDLE TN ON 1/21/14

We'll see highs moderate to 27° later this afternoon with sunny skies.

We're under a Special Weather Statement for MORE cold air to arrive late tonight.

Look for brisk north-northwest winds to pick up and cause temperatures and wind chills to plummet. Temperatures will be around 10° by morning and wind chill values near zero. I do expect temperatures to rise much on Thursday with highs around 17° but it'll feel like ZERO much of the day.

Thursday night's low will be down around 5°.

Friday's high around 26°

Next possible round of snow is expected on Friday and Saturday.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Gorgeous Monday, But......

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Get out and enjoy this unseasonably warm weather today (Monday) across the Cookeville area. We'll be in the mid 50's this afternoon under plenty of sunshine. Winds will be fairly light making the day feel quite comfortable.

****SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT****


TUESDAY SNOW POSSIBLE:
Tonight, clouds increase and we'll drop into the lower 30's by morning. A very strong Arctic cold front will usher in cold temps and strong north northwesterly winds. I expect temperatures to fall most of the afternoon on Tuesday. We can't rule out a period of snow showers on Tuesday with possible accumulations. Expect lows by Wednesday morning to be in the single digits.

LONG PERIOD BELOW FREEZING:
As of now it appears we will be below freezing in Cookeville from 7 am on Tuesday all the way through Saturday at noon. You'll want to make sure your pipes are protected from freezing and your pets are either brought indoors or have adequate protection from the cold.

SECOND ROUND OF COLD:
A reinforcement shot of cold air arrives on Thursday with Friday morning's lows again in the single digits.

THE WEEKEND AHEAD:
As of now, the upcoming weekend is expected to be above freezing with high temps around 40° both days. This is well below normal of 47° for our daytime average high and 26° for our average nighttime low.

DID YOU KNOW:
Our average coldest week of the year is typically the third week of January?
January's temps are running about 3° BELOW normal for the high and 6° BELOW normal for the low?

APPS OF THE DAY:
I have two weather apps today that I'd like to see you try.

WEATHER UNDERGROUND:
for Android
for iOS

PWS MONITOR:
Only available for iOS devices for now


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

SUNDAY UPDATE: Cold Air Coming Back Next Week

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Has January been cold enough for you? 

I counted up the number of +50° days and believe it or not, we have had 7 of them thus far in January.

That being said, our average high temperature is just 43° and our average low is 19°.

Normals are 46° and 26° for January. It has been COLD.

Speaking of cold, it returns with a vengeance once again beginning Tuesday. Looks like highs in the upper 20's and lower 30's with lows in the teens. There is a slight chance we may even drop into the single digits on Wednesday morning.

I know everyone wants a 'big' snow. Nothing so far YET!

Stay tuned!

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