Monday, September 21, 2009

Shower Chances Continue

Our forecast continues to carry rain chances in it. The good new is, however, we will see those chances go down each day as the week passes. Expect mid 70's for highs today, near 80 on Tuesday, and mid 80's on Wednesday. The moist southerly flow continues with humid conditions each day. Not very fall-like, is it?

With nearly a half-inch (.47)  falling overnight at my station, we are up to 11.56" for the month of September and 58.43" for the year thus far. I saw a couple of heavy reports here in Tennessee as Monteagle in Grundy County had 4.13". In Georgia, several stations in Gwinnett County, north of Atlanta, saw between 8 and 9 inches fall overnight.

*Latest Local Forecast*

Weather History for This Date
Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast about 11 PM ET, making landfall near Sullivans Island with sustained winds of 135 mph.  Sustained winds reached 85 mph at Folly Beach, SC, with gusts as high as 138 mph.  Wind gusts reached 98 mph at Charleston, SC and 109 mph at Shaw AFB.  The biggest storm surge occurred in the McClellanville and Bulls Bay area of Charleston County, with a storm surge of 20.2 feet reported at Seewee Bay on top of astronomical high tides.  Shrimp boats were found one half mile inland at McClellanville.  30 buildings in downtown Charleston, SC were flattened.  Hugo was responsible for 21 deaths in the U.S. and 28 in the Caribbean.  A total of 420 people were injured and damage was estimated at $10 billion dollars, including $2 billion dollars damage to crops.  Hugo was the strongest storm to strike the East Coast north of Florida since Hazel in October 1954.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Normal High: 80°
(Record: 96° in 1936)
Normal Low: 55°
(Record: 36° in 1918)
2.16" of rain fell on this date in 2002
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