Monday, January 11, 2010

Warmer, Snow Returns Again

SNOW ARRIVING LATER: Look for snow to develop later this afternoon with highs reaching 35-37° across Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland. This gorgeous morning photo was sent to me by Paul Drake who lives in West Cookeville of this morning's sunrise. Thanks Paul. We were down to 12° earlier this morning, but temperatures have been rising ever since. Tonight's lows are expect down around 20° with a 50% chance of snow. Accumulations are expected to be light. This system is bringing more cold air in and I don't expect highs to reach freezing on Tuesday. Once we get to Wednesday, though, we'll see temperatures moderate into the 40's. It'll feel warm compared to the last 10 days!

WAS OUR COLD A RECORD: The short answer is 'not quite'...It appears our streak of below freezing daytime highs will be stopped at 10 straight. I did some checking and the longest streak ever was 14 during the cold snap between December 19th, 2001 and January 1st, 2002. Can you imagine how long it took to look over records back to 1896 for Cookeville?

IS 2010 THE COLDEST START EVER: The short answer to this question is YES! In Cookeville's 114 years of recordkeeping, we've never started a year off as cold as this one. I'll have much on this in the upcoming days! Here is a little teaser, did you know our average high through the first 10 days of 2009 was 52.2° while our average high temperature so far this year has been 22.8°...nearly a 30° difference!!

Weather History for This Date
1918 - Nashville receives 6 and 1/2 inches of snow!

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Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Yesterday's high: 25.5° low: 12.3°
Normal High: 45°
(Record: 70° in 1916)
Normal Low: 25°
(Record: -7° in 1962)
Last Year: 32.2° and 27.4°
3.67" of rain fell on this date in 1974
2.5" of snow on this day in 1984
4" was on the ground in 1973

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