Saturday, June 4, 2011

Heat Continues

We're waking to the coolest morning in a week. This morning's temps bottomed out at 60.7° here in Cookeville. Yesterday was the first day in a week that we didn't hit 90° (our high was 89°). We've now gone 8 days without any rainfall. The heat, however, is returning and will be robust for the next week. Below are some alerts and advisories here in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued an AIR QUALITY ALERT for each of the major metro areas across the state. This is a 'Code Orange' Health Advisory. The general public is likely to not be affected, but active children and adults along with people with respiratory problems shuch as asthma should limit their outdoor exposure and limit exertion.

All of west Tennessee is under a heat advisory for Saturday where heat index readings will range from 105° to 109°. These conditions are expected to persist through 10 pm Saturday night. Prolonged exposure without taking the proper precautions in this kind of heat is dangerous. Frequent rest breaks in shade or an air-conditioned environment are recommended.

Temperatures will remain hot throughout the next 7-10 days with highs mainly in the 90's and lows mainly in the middle to upper 60's. Any chances for rain will be slight and very much isolated as a strong ridge of high pressure is firmly in charge across the southeastern United States.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
June 4, 2011
Saturday morning's low: 60.7°
Friday's high: 88.9°
Friday's low: 64.9°

Last Year: 86° and 67°
Normal High: 82°
Normal Low: 58°
Records: 97° in 1925 and 40° in 1924

24-hour precip total: 0.00
2.42" of rain fell on this date in 1983


On June 4, 1985...
Softball-sized hail is reported in Davidson County. This is the largest known hail ever to fall in Tennessee's history.
On June 4, 1998...
Lightning strikes the 108-year-old St. Patrick Catholic Church on Second Avenue South in Nashville. The resulting fire significantly damages the roof and steeple.
On June 4, 2002...
Storms sweep through East Tennessee producing quarter-sized hail and $200,000 in property damage. 


  • 1825 - East Coast - Early season hurricane from Cuba to New England. Great shipping losses on the coast. Much damage at Charleston on the 3rd and New York Harbor on the 4th.

  • 1885 - Pittsburgh, PA & Cleveland, OH - Heavy rains (about 10 inches) caused serious floods.

  • 1982 - Major 4 day storm in New England brings 14 inches of rainfall to southern Connecticut. 23 dams were breached and 2 failed. $276 million in damage resulted from the flooding.

  • 1985 - Southeast - The heat wave continues. Lakeland, FL sets an all-time record high of 102 degrees.

  • 1998 - The temperature at Williston ND dropped to 26 degrees to establish a monthly record for June. The mercury dropped to 24 in Tower MN as winter made one last curtain call across the northern Plains. 2-3 inches of snow fell in South Dakota and 7 inches fell in Wyoming.

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