Memorial Day Weekend….BEWARE!

In just over a week, grills will fire up and people will head to area lakes in droves to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend!  If you’re one of the many who will be out on a lake, BEWARE!  This is what Percy Priest Lake looked like today (courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)…


Lake levels are exceptionally low because of a developing drought throughout much of the Cumberland River Basin.  Here are today’s stats for Nashville International Airport.


The U.S. Drought Monitor produces a weekly drought status product for the entire country, updated each Thursday.  Below you’ll find today’s.  Notice that much of the Cumberland River’s watershed is in “Moderate Drought” status.


Here’s the drought update for the rest of our area….


SO….the Corps advises swimmers and boaters, especially, be extra careful when out on Middle Tennessee lakes next weekend!  The chance of getting snagged or running aground are higher than typically is the case for the unofficial kickoff to summer!

Some related good news is that rain IS expected tomorrow.  The timing is broken down here….


For more specifics on the timing for your area, take a look at these FUTURECAST panels.

Because of the clouds and rain tomorrow, it won’t be nearly as warm as today.  This is what we expect for highs around the region…

DT 4 RPM 12KM Temperature2

Rain totals (by Saturday) should be around an inch for most….with higher amounts right where we need it most!

DT RPM 12KM Rainfall Zooms

Isolated light showers are possible on Saturday, too, as noted above.  Be sure to tune in tonight to Channel 4 News at 10pm.  Lisa Spencer will share her latest thoughts on that.


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