April 7: Cool and Showery, Daily Links

WEATHER

Strong to severe storms rolled across the Midstate yesterday afternoon and evening, producing dozens of wind damage reports, but fortunately no injuries!  More rain chances are in the forecast today and tomorrow, but the rain will be lighter and we won’t see any severe weather.

A break from the showers is in store much of today — sunshine this morning will push temperatures up to around 60 by noon, but increasing clouds this afternoon will combine with strong northwesterly winds to keep our high temperatures about 5 degrees below average:
PAUL DAYPART GRAPH

It will be breezy throughout the day…in fact, windy enough along the Cumberland Plateau (gusts to 35 mph or higher) to prompt a Wind Advisory:
PAUL WATCH

A few spotty showers are possible by rush hour this evening, but they’ll be few and far between:
RPM 5P THU

A brief shot of heavier rain is expected to track quickly from northwest to southeast across the Midstate this evening…a few rumbles of thunder, but nothing severe:
RPM 7P THU RPM 8P THU RPM 9P THU RPM 10P THU

I don’t think the Sounds’ home opener will be rained out, but there could be a delay.  Pack the poncho just in case, and bundle up to guard against the wind:
WSMV FIRST PITCH

A break from the showers again Friday morning will give way to spotty showers re-developing by midday:
RPM 12P FRI RPM 2P FRI

Yet another ripple in the upper atmosphere will scoot through Friday night — most of the showers will occur to the northeast of Nashville:
RPM 10P FRI RMP 12A SAT RPM 2A SAT
I can’t rule out a snowflake or two mixing in with the raindrops in the higher terrain of eastern Middle Tennessee after midnight Friday night, but the ground is warm enough to prevent any accumulation.

Get ready for some chilly mornings this weekend!  Low temperatures near freezing aren’t record-setting, but they’re definitely below average.  (If you’ve done some early-season planting in the garden, plan on covering up that vegetation Friday night AND Saturday night).  Saturday will be cool overall, but strong southerly winds will bring a big warm-up on Sunday:
WSMV 7 Day AM
Another chance of thunderstorms heads our way on Monday.  We’re always on-guard for severe weather this time of year, but at the moment, the greatest potential for severe weather looks like it will stay just to our west.  That’s where the Storm Prediction Center has outlined an extended-range threat area for severe thunderstorms:
day4prob
It’s still several days away, so stay tuned for potential changes.

 

LINKS

An assortment of nerdy reading material this morning, but we’ll start with a big (and sad) anniversary…

  • Today marks 10 years since the EF-3 tornado that struck Gallatin.  The National Weather Service put together a comprehensive look back at ALL of the tornadoes that hit the Midstate that day, and we’ll talk about it at tonight’s Surviving the Storm presentation in Gallatin.
  • Every single state in the Lower 48 recorded above-normal average temperatures in the month of March.
  • This story is heart-breaking: a Illinois man tried to get video of a tornado, but he waited too long to take cover with his wife.
  • We’ll be chilly this weekend, but we’ll have company — golfers at The Masters will contend with wind chills in the 30s and 40s!
  • NASA just opened up public access to a whopping 2.95 million images of Earth.
  • Dust devils are common on Mars — but how do they form in such a thin atmosphere?
  • There’s likely another planet WAY out there in our solar system (dubbed “Planet Nine”) that astronomers haven’t spotted yet.  But part of the evidence for that planet is that its gravity is tugging on NASA’s Saturn probe, Cassini.
  • Researchers also think that the gravitational pull of Planet Nine is responsible for periodic mass extinctions here on Earth.
  • Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that orbits not one, not two, but three different stars.
  • It’s up for debate whether that exoplanet is weirder than this one — a half-rock, half-lava world that orbits its star every 18 hours.
  • Scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that may be the biggest ever spotted.
  • The 35 most-used words by people playing with dogs.
  • The season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is only a couple of weeks away — it’s an ensemble case, which makes it hard to figure out who the “main” character is.  But some mathematicians think they’ve cracked the case.
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About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WSMV-TV in Nashville.
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