Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sunshine and Warm Through Sunday

We wake up once again to temperatures in the 50's across middle Tennessee. Here in Cookeville, the 7 am temp is 55.9° and the low this morning was 54.4°, the 4th straight morning with lows in the 50's.

We'll hit 85° later this afternoon under a sunny sky. Ditto that forecast for tomorrow through the weekend as we stay in the dry pattern with warm days and cool evenings.

Tropical Storm Isaac is churning in the Atlantic and expected to reach hurricane status in the next 24-36 hours. The path is expected to take Isaac toward Cuba and then make a turn toward Florida. At this point, we expect the Atlantic coast of south Florida to be under the gun by around 2 am on Monday. This, however, is a long ways out and the path could easily change.

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Cookeville's Daily Almanac
August 22, 2012
Yesterday's high: 82.4° 
This morning's low: 54.4°
Normal: 87/63
Records: 100° in 2007 and 47° in 1956
Last year: 87/58

0.00" at my station
August total: 5.64"
2012 total: 31.94"
1.20" of rain fell on this date in 1966

Month-to-date highs for August are averaging 84.3°, which is 3° below normal and some 11° below the record heat from 2007. Low temps are running about 1° below normal but 6° above the coolest year ever, which was in 2004. Rainfall is nearly double the normal and most of us are thrilled with the extra rainfall. Did you know that nearly 11" had fallen thus far in August of 2010?

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