On and Off Rain Again this Week

I hope you had a great weekend.  Yesterday was simply wonderful.  I must say I had a rare opportunity to take advantage of the bright, warm day on Percy Priest Lake. Even the humidity was slightly lower.  It’s wonderful to have a friend with a boat. Well enough of my weekend reminiscing, this week will once again be unsettled with on and off showers and thunderstorms.This evening is in “off” mode, but by morning we’ll see some rain, especially I-40 and northward.

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This will make for a wet commute for some.  During the afternoon, even more showers and thunderstorms develop in the heat and humidity of the day.

Temperature-wise tomorrow will be close to the average of 89, but each day this week the temperatures will continue to rise. Wednesday and Thursday will be the hottest with highs in the mid 90s.  The high dew point temperatures will make it feel like 100 plus.

Friday we’ll be on the look out for strong thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has not identified our area yet as in a severe zone, but some of our computer models are hinting at that, so stay tuned.  That rain should bring the temperatures back down to the upper 80s.

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Right now the weekend shows the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but I wouldn’t cancel any outdoor plans yet. It’s still several days off and summer patterns can be hard to nail down.

But since the rain tonight has mostly diminished and there are a few breaks in the clouds, you might want to do some star gazing.

WSMV SATRAD3D Zooms

See if you can see the Moon and Spica. Look toward the southwest, Spica is the brightest star in the the constellation Virgo. The moon is not full, it’s the first quarter moon as of 6:52pm this evening. This is when the moon’s disk appears half illuminated in the sunshine and half masked by the moon’s shadow.

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By the way, it’s called the quarter moon instead of the half moon because it is one quarter of the way around in it’s orbit of Earth. That’s measured from one new moon to the next.

Have a blessed evening.

Lisa Spencer

posted 8:40 PM

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About Lisa Spencer

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