Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Forecast

Did you know that 2011 was the 3rd wettest year in Cookeville's recorded history? More on that below.

A gorgeous end to the 2011 year as we'll hit 56° (or even higher) later this afternoon. Our morning low was 34.9° at just after 7 am. Enjoy this day as it'll be our last warm one for at least a week.

Clouds move in later this evening and I expect a temperature of around 46° by the time 2012 rolls in. A few sprinkles may interrupt your plans IF you are out in the early morning hours, however, I don't see a good chance for that happening.

Gusty northwest winds for New Year's Day and a high of 51° before temperatures fall during the late afternoon hours. It'll feel quite brisk. Clearing skies on Sunday night with a low of 27° by Monday morning and Monday's highs will only be in the mid 30's under sunny skies. A very brisk northwest wind will gust to 30 mph making the 'feels like' in the lower 20's. Bitter cold on Monday night with a low of 18° by Tuesday at sunrise and highs only getting to freezing on Tuesday afternoon with winds dying down.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
This morning's low: 34.9°
Friday's high: 60.4° (with a 32 mph wind gust!)
Friday's low: 46.8°
Last Year: 53° and 44°
Normal High: 46°
Normal Low: 27°
Records: 71° in 1990 and 1° in 1983

DECEMBER 2011 Climatology:
December has been a warm and wet month. Average daily highs have been 52.8°, which is 3.5° above normal (the record was 59.4° back in 1933) and the average daily low has been 31.4°, which is 2.9° above normal. The record is 18° from 1989. Last December was very cold with an average high of 39.9° and an average low of 22.7°.

No snowfall was recorded in December. The record is 10.0" from 1916.

We've recorded 5.55" of rain in December and a whopping 73.34" for the year, which is the third wettest year in Cookeville's recorded history (from 1914-present). This is 16" ahead of a normal year and just short of the record of 76+ inches that was recorded in 1998.

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