Saturday, July 18, 2009

Record-Setting Cool Temperatures

Beautiful Cookeville (courtesy of the CPCEMA webcam)

**Saturday Evening Notes**
What a Saturday across the Upper Cumberland, Highland Rim, Cumberland Plateau, and the Highlands of Tennessee. Whatever you call our area, it was a cool Saturday. Just got done checking records for July 18th and found our high today of 73° here in Cookeville was 5° lower than the LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED on this date of 78°. **WOW** We were 1° off the record low for this date.

Expect a chilly night across the region with lows ranging from 50°-55° in our area. I'll call it 53° here in Cookeville with some locations possibly seeing upper 40's tonight. FYI, the record low for the 19th...Sunday morning is 48°, so we won't be setting a record here. I expect, though, to see several records set across Tennessee. Highs Sunday (under a sunny sky) will range from 75°-79° with Cookeville being about 77°...the record is 79°! Our workweek forecast is for sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

Because many of you like to ask, here are temperatures from the Great Smoky Mountains National Newfound Gap (elevation 5000 ft), they dropped to 46° this morning after a high of 68° on Friday. Up on Mt. Leconte, they saw a morning low of 35° (brrrrrr!) after a high Friday of 66°.

*Latest Local Forecast*

Weather History for This Date
1980-Crossville's oppressive heatwave continues as temperatures break a record for the 5th consecutive day. The high was 96°

Cookeville's Daily Almanac 
July 18th, 2009
High this afternoon: 73° Low this morning: 56°
Yesterday's high: 83° low: 61°
Normal High: 88°
(Record: 99° in 1980)
Normal Low: 66°
(Record: 53° in 1967)
Last Year: 90° and 63°
1.57" of rain fell on this date in 1959
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