Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome to March

March is coming in like a lamb today as conditions will be much quieter than yesterday's strong storm outbreak. The work week ahead promises to be quiet as well. Next rain is this weekend.

Here in Tennessee, one man was killed in a tornado to our south in Franklin County and another man was killed on Interstate 24 near Murfreesboro when he lost control of his box truck slamming into a tractor-trailer. The rain, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was a factor in that accident.

Today, we'll see highs in the upper 50's in the Cookeville area and vicinity. We have another big shot at heavy rains coming up this weekend, but we'll get to that later. Speaking of rains, we recorded 2.16" yesterday. That gave us 6.44 inches for the month of February, which is 37% above the normal of 4.70" for this month. For the year of 2011, we are standing at 9.82" while the normal for the first two months is 9.81"!

*Latest Local Forecast*

Looking at the extended forecast, we have another big shot at rains coming up this weekend. See the rainfall potential image below.

March appears that it will be normal in both temperature and precipitation. A graphic from the Climate Prediction Center below. The 'B' and the corresponding blue color represents below normal temps while the 'A' and corresponding orange color represents above average temps for March. Note that Tennessee is shown as 'EC', which is Equal Chances and that equates to average temps.

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