Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hotter Than A Firecracker

Interesting headline considering our morning low was 58°, which is the coolest morning in a more than a month. We'll have more on how our upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend just might resemble a hot firecracker as opposed to this cool, comfy weather like this morning.

June's rainfall total ended up at 9.31", which is the 4th highest all-time in Cookeville since records have been kept dating back to the 1890's.

**The TOP 5 June Rainfall List**
1. 1998 - 16.62"
2. 1928 - 11.81"
3. 1997 - 11.07"
4. 2011 - 9.31"
5. 1989 - 8.53"

Today's high across the Highlands of Tennessee is expected to be in the upper 80's, but it'll feel quite comfortable with much lower humidities. Looking ahead to our holiday weekend, expect highs to rise above 90° on Friday and stay there through July 4th. We'll hit 95° on Saturday, the same for Sunday, and drop a degree or two for Independence Day with a very slight chance of storms. Like I said, 'hotter than a firecracker'.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac 
June 30, 2011
Our morning low: 58.1°
Yesterday's high: 83.2°
Yesterday's low: 61.4°

Last Year: 84.9° and 65.8°
Normal High: 87°
Normal Low: 64°
Records: 99° in 1936 and 48° in 1923

24-hour precip total: 0.00
June's monthly total: 9.31" (ranks 4th all-time)
1.42" of rain fell on this date in 2007

After a blazing, hot start where temperatures where near all-time highs, we've backed off quite a bit during the second half of the month and will finish the month (85.6°) about 1.5° higher than a normal June (84.1°), more than 2° cooler than last year (87.8°) and more than 7° lower than the record June in 1944 (92.7°). Rainfall was well-documented this month as we were very dry in the first half (less than 1 inch) and finished the month over 9" (9.31") resulting in the 4th wettest June in Cookeville's documented history. 

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