Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back In The 90's

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We're finally back in the 90's after more than a week where temps dropped into the upper 60's for actual high temperatures! It felt hot today.

JULY 22 ALMANAC:
Records: 
Hottest: 100° in 1926 (normal: 87°)
Coolest: 53° in 2007 (normal: 66°)
Rainfall:
1.80" this date in 2011
Wettest July: 9.37" (1916)
Month to Date:
Average high: 84.7° 
(normal: 87.3)(record: 95.6° in 1980)


We saw no rainfall today (Tuesday) across the Cookeville area (most showers/storms confined to northeast plateau and southeast TN near Chattanooga and on into NE Alabama and NW Georgia) but have a 40% for Wednesday and a 70% chance of thunderstorms for Wednesday night. I think we will top 90° again on Wednesday. Thunderstorms continue on Thursday early but then we expect to slowly clear with highs in the mid 80's and lows in the low 60's on Thursday night.

For Friday expect a sunny and very nice day with a high of 85° and a low of 62°. Much of the same for Saturday with sunny skies and a high of 85°. The full forecast is below.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Makes It's Return

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I'm sure you've noticed the increase warmth today (Sunday) across the area. We've been as warm as 85° this afternoon. Some have seen a few stray showers and thunderstorms, but nothing compared to the coverage of showers the last two days.

WINTER OUTLOOK MAP:

The guys at http://firsthandweather.com/ have released a preliminary 2014-2015 winter forecast and it shows areas east of the Rockies with a winter of well below normal temps and average to above average rain/snow. I'm sure some teachers and students will love this prediction.

COLD JULY TEMPS
Speaking of cool weather, check out a couple of stories from The Weather Channel about the July record cold snap. It was one of the strongest ones ever recorded.
The Coldest July Days Ever
July Chill Brought Record Cold Temps


REST OF WEEK FORECAST:
We've returned to summer with warm temps and slight chances of afternoon thunderstorms. All the information is located in the link below.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Like Living in Seattle But Changes Are Ahead

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Tired of the rain? I've got bad news for you!

Looks like this first round will wrap up this morning, but a second round will be on their way later this afternoon. Thundershowers will only be very isolated in our area with highs just in the mid 70's (about 15°-20° below normal).

COOKEVILLE BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1.70" of rain recorded in last 24 hours (almost a record breaker for this date)
  • Friday's high was just 68.8° which breaks a record from 2009 for the coolest high temperature recorded in Cookeville, TN on that date by 3°.
  • 53° was the coldest low temp on record, by the way, on Thursday morning! 


SUNDAY AND THE WEEK AHEAD:
Sunday's forecast calls for a slight chance of a thunderstorm with a high of 83°. The week ahead promises a more summer type pattern with slight afternoon thunderstorm chances and highs in the upper 80's.


The end of next and the weekend just might be sunny, warm, and include no rain!

WEATHER LINK OF THE DAY:
Today's link includes an interesting graphics page from the National Weather Service in Nashville. More information than you can digest!
http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/ohx.php

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Your Weekend Forecast and Other Fun Stuff

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Kind of like Seattle weather is what one of my Facebook friends said today and I have to agree. Overcast and just enough rain to make you use your wipers and have to watch out for people who mysteriously didn't know or realize that it actually rained today!

After a mainly rainy Friday (only .30") in the rain bucket, the weekend promises much of the same.

QUICKIE FORECAST:
Friday night: 80% shower chance, low 62°
Saturday: 60% thunderstorm chance, high 76°
Saturday night: 30% thunderstorm chance, low 66°
Sunday: 40% thunderstorm chance, high 84°

Friday saw rain showers off and on for much of the afternoon with only one round of moderate showers and mostly light showers. No lightning/thunder was reported in Cookeville.

Rain chances diminish considerably next week with much warmer temperatures. Highs in the upper 80's to around 90° with lows in the upper 60's. We'll see the garden variety type of summer afternoon or early evening thunderstorm chance.

LINKS YOU CAN USE:
Tonight, I'll feature a couple of links including a much better looking mobile weather site from the National Weather Service. It really has an 'app-type feel' to it. Check out the news story here or go directly to the new site by clicking here

The other link I'd like to show you is a much better way to see the Nashville office of the National Weather Service on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/NWSNashville

Try out both of these and let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can You Believe It Is July?

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Chilly tonight folks. Hard to believe it is July 16th. Just for fun a 1950's thermometer.



JUST HOW CHILLY?
Record low for the overnight is 50° in 1945.
Historically the second to third week of July is one of our hotter weeks of the summer.

THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE FRIDAY THRU NEXT WEEK
Don't get used to the cool weather. We'll heat right up again to the mid 80's by Sunday with upper 80's Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  There will be thunderstorm chances starting on Friday afternoon all the way through Wednesday. The full forecast link is below.

A few links tonight:
NWS-Nashville Site Map (excellent for quick search)
NWS-Nashville Social Media Board (good stuff)

And finally:
Do you think we've been wet, dry, or about normal. The result may just surprise you.
US Drought Monitor for Tennessee

Here is the 3 month outlook for August through October. If you're looking for an early autumn then you'll be unhappy about the outlook!
August-September-October outlook


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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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