Scorching Heat To Storm Chances

Wowza! If you thought yesterday was too hot, today  was one to crank the A.C. to full blast and hide inside, or maybe jump in the pool?

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It is the hottest day of the week  with temperatures as high as 95 degrees. Nashville has only had one other day this month with highs touching the mid-90s, back on July 3rd when we hit 95.

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On top of the extreme heat, dew points are getting real. They drive the ‘feels like’ temperature and with middle to upper 70-degree dew point readings, heat indices have danced into the triple digits for many. In fact, just before the noon show I checked in and our western counties were already there. Too soon in the day!

It is 3:49 pm as I type away here. Lisa and I are in the weather office and I pointed out the 110 reading in Savannah. She says “that’s a little too hot.” I agree. 🙂

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The silver lining? A beautiful radar for any commuters out there. High pressure has paved way for dry roads and just delightful sunshine. It makes for a nice view from inside the office, protected from Mother Nature’s sauna.

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The story changes pretty quickly with our next approaching system. High pressure slowly makes a great escape southeastward tonight. We’ll start with increasing cloud cover as an upper level system drops south, replacing the nice dry weather into Thursday and Friday. Precipitation chances hopscotch back up to a 50% for both days.

Here’s how Futurecast breaks down the timing:

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Though severe weather is not likely out of these storms, a couple of them could be on the stronger side. The Storm Prediction issues a ‘Marginal Risk’ for most of Tennessee. That is a 1 out of a 1 to 5 scale.

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With last week’s rain event, the nearly -6.5 departure from normal is now at -3.61 but for the month we have exceeded the average by 3.18. Southeastern Middle Tennessee is still under a severe drought while other portions of Middle and Eastern Tennessee flirt between ‘moderate’ and ‘abnormally dry.’ Check out the latest Drought Monitor issued by The National Drought Mitigation Center.

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So, we could still use the rain!

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