Weather, Fireworks and Aphelion

It’s the 4th of July and Middle Tennessee is experiencing a little fireworks of it’s own. So much so, the Let Freedom Sing Fireworks in downtown Nashville has been delayed.  Instead of starting at 9:35pm, it is now scheduled for 10:05pm.  It’s going to be a late night for some folks. The latest radar image shows more showers moving into Nashville, this could delay things even more.  The good news is that it doesn’t look like anything will be severe.  But any thunderstorms have lightning and that can be dangerous to people outside.


There’s some more activity in Mississippi that could move northward tonight. But I am not expecting it to be severe.

Thunderstorms have been scattered throughout Middle Tennessee all day. There have been numerous reports of wind damage.


Some areas show rainfall estimates of 3-6″ in a 24 hour period.


In thos areas along the Tennessee/Kentucky line,  a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until tomorrow morning.


Some areas show rainfall estimates of 3-6″ in a 24 hour period.

Futurecast shows how rain moves across the mid state tonight.  More rain and thunderstorms are likely tomorow.


Drier weather is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.


I hope you and our family have had a great Independence Day.  This year, today also happens to be the day that the Earth is at aphelion. That is the point in the Earth’s orbit which is furthest from the sun, Jul 4, 11:25 CT. Yes this happens during summer in the northern hemisphere.  I know it seems like it would be the opposite, but that’s not the case.

Blog Aphelion

So right now, we are almost 95 million miles away from the Sun.  In January we are about 3 million miles closer. But the Aphelion and Perhelion have nothing to do with the changes in the seasons.

Join me for an update on the weather on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

posted at 9:00pm





About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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