Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cool Morning, Hot Day Ahead

Remember, it is Lightning Safety Week!

A beautifully cool morning here on the Highland Rim of the Cumberland Plateau this morning. Lows have been in the middle 60's with lower humidity and dew points. Quite the contrast from the last 7 days. Don't get used to it as temperatures will zoom to 88° later today. Another cool overnight with lows in the mid 60's again and highs on Thursday will be around 90°. The weekend promises temperatures in the 90's as well with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Our friends over in Memphis continue to see sweltering heat. They hit 100° yesterday afternoon at 3:23 pm and the expectation, according to meteorologist Erik Proseus @ the Memphis Weather Blog is for highs to be in the upper 90's to near 100 each day.

Weather History for This Date
June 24th
1910-A wind gust of 60 mph is recorded in Nashville
1924-Six men at a quarry in Winston-Salem, NC seek shelter from a storm in a dynamite shed. Lightning strikes, causing the dynamite to explode, killing the men.
1988-Crossville hits 99°...It is the highest temperature ever recorded there in June.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac 
June 24th
Yesterday's high: 87° low: 70°
Normal High: 86°
(Record: 99° in 1930)
Normal Low: 63°
(Record: 48° in 1972)
Last Year: 87° and  60°
3.12" rain fell on this date in 1969

So far for June 2009, we are almost 2° above normal.
Rainfall is slightly ahead of normal
18 straight days of 80° or higher
10 straight days of 84° or higher
8 straight days of 86° or higher

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