Saturday, May 14, 2011

So long 80's, 70's, and 60's

Very cool air has settled across middle Tennessee this evening. Expect lows here in the Cookeville area to drop to the lower 50's with a slight chance for scattered showers tonight all the way through Monday night. Sunday will be chilly and occasionally wet with highs just in the 50's. Repeat the same forecast for Monday.

May has been quite a warm month with just 2 of our first 13 days seeing highs under the 70° mark. We won't see 70° again until at least Thursday and will struggle to get into the 60's until mid-week. Average daytime highs for May 15th is 76°. So far this month, we've averaged 75.1° for our daytime high. These cool days are quite significant.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Saturday's high: 69.0° at 2:05 pm
Saturday's low: 56.4° which is the current reading

Last Year: 85.7° and 61.9°
Normal High: 76° Normal Low: 51°
Records: 94° in 1896 and 35° in 1917

Since midnight rainfall total: .82
May's monthly total: 2.62"
1.38" of rain fell on this date in 1995

Middle TN Weather History for May 14th:
1995 - Lightning strikes a house in rural Hickman County and the home is completely destroyed by the resulting fire.

Weather History Around America for May 14th:

  • 1686 - Gabrial Fahrenheit, inventor of the thermometer was born.

  • 1877 - Rare tornado strikes Eastport ME.

  • 1896 - -10 at Climax CO, setting the US record for coldest temperature in the month of May.

  • 1898 - Severe hailstorm in Kansas City MO. Some hailstones were observed as large as 9.5 inches in circumference. Nearly every home in the eastern and central parts of the city had their south facing windows knocked out. Several injuries resulted.

  • 1923 - Early-morning tornado cut violent path through Howard and Mitchell Counties in Texas. 23 dead, 250 hurt. Tornado was 1.5-mile wide in places.

  • 1975 - New Jersey hailstorm dumped up to a foot of hail over portions of the state.

  • 1987 - Record heat in California. Sacramento recorded their ninth record high in 11 days with a temperature of 103. It was their seventh day of 100 plus degree temperatures, a record for any May.

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