After a rainy weekend, we’ve got more of the same in store for the beginning of the new work week. Scattered showers this morning will give way to widespread moderate to occasionally heavy rainfall this afternoon, tonight, and early Tuesday. Futurecast’s radar simulation shows that breaks in the rain are going to be hard to find in that time frame:
With 2″ of additional rain possible on top of already-wet ground in eastern Middle Tennessee, flooding becomes a concern. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch until midnight Tuesday night:
That doesn’t mean the green-shaded counties will be underwater…it just means you should be on the lookout for flooded intersections, and there will be some full ditches and streams in flood-prone locations.
We’re on the warm side of this system — temperatures today, tonight and tomorrow will hover in the 50s, so all of the precipitation around here will be rain. That won’t be the case for the middle of the country, where ice will be a concern in Iowa…
…and snow will limit travel in the Dakotas and Minnesota:
We’ll dry out on Wednesday, although I can’t rule out a few early-morning showers along the Cumberland Plateau. Once we dry out, we’ll stay dry through the end of the work week and into the weekend…imagine, a dry weekend!
After a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the nerd-links are back! Lots of nerdy reading material to distract you from your Cyber Monday shopping list…
- The rain that will soak the Midstate today and tomorrow is part of the same system that brought flooding and ice to Oklahoma and Texas.
- Hurricane season comes to an end today, but there was enough time for a Pacific storm to break one more record in an already remarkable year.
- A question my non-meteorologist friends ask all the time: what does a 40% chance of rain really mean?
- 2015 is pretty much guaranteed to be the hottest year (globally) on record…but 2016 could be even hotter.
- There will be a lot of news coverage about the Paris climate meeting this week…here’s a primer about the basics of the summit.
- Some tangible evidence regarding the importance of that summit — the Earth is a wilder and warmer place since the last climate deal (in Kyoto).
- Here’s a sobering statistic: 600,000 people have died in weather-related disasters in the last 20 years.
- Better news, and this is crazy: a woman reported as missing since the Tuscaloosa tornado in April 2011 has been found…alive and well!
- The hidden ways weather influences what you buy.
- How the moon got its tilt, and Earth got its gold and platinum.
- Speaking of the moon: five things we’ve learned from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
- The European Space Agency is finally going ahead with more in-depth studies of Mars.
- The New Horizons probe that flew by Pluto this summer is on its way to its next target…astronomers are hoping that target is a “time capsule” that will help reveal how planets are formed.
- New exoplanet discovery: a blue Neptune-size planet orbiting a red dwarf star.
- Interesting question…is it possible for two planets to share the same orbit?
- The Large Hadron Collider is back up and running, and setting new energy records as physicists explore the very smallest scales of physics.
- The biggest obstacle to getting more electric cars on the road might be the car dealers who are supposed to be selling them.
- Sounds like a riddle, but it’s true: most of your body is younger than you are.
- The old saying goes, “feed a cold, starve a fever.” But that’s not the best advice.
- Is “double-dipping” a food safety problem, or just a nasty habit? (IT’S LIKE PUTTING YOUR WHOLE MOUTH IN THE BOWL!!!)
- Even if you’re math/physics-averse (hi, Mrs. Heggen!), here’s something you can probably get behind: chocolate fountains as an educational tool.