Tropics Heating Up….as Our Weather Settles Down

The first six weeks of summer have been a bit unusual.  For starters, it’s been abnormally wet for most of us!  Take a look at Nashville’s July update.  We’re running more than 2″ above average for the month for rainfall!

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Some parts of the area have received more than a foot of rain in the last 30 days!  Look at the totals over southern Kentucky and northern Middle Tennessee!

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Southern Middle Tennessee….know we’re not leaving you out.  There, it’s a very different story.  Less rain has fallen there, which has exacerbated the ongoing drought.

As of 9:45am today, the last of the showers for this morning have wrapped up and pushed out of Fentress County.  For this afternoon, don’t expect much in the rain department.  I’m going for just a 20% chance.  That’s obviously fantastic news for those of you going to the pool or lake!

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FUTURECAST shows where showers are most likely today.  I agree with it….thinking the best chance for rain this afternoon & early this evening will be over eastern Middle Tennessee.

 

Looking ahead, our rain chance for the next couple of days will be similar…as will the heat.  Then, Wednesday through Friday, hot weather will dominate…with highs in the middle 90s and the heat index closer to 100.  SO…then, our weather will revert back to what we’ve had for most of this summer — well above average temperatures!

To the tropics we go now.  We’re seeing the first signs in a while of tropical development in the Atlantic basin.  Tomorrow marks the start of August….and August is when the tropical season typically gets going in a big way.  The wave we’re most interested in is now entering the eastern Caribbean Sea.

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It’ll make for passing showers and storms in the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands today.  Over the next several days, it’s likely to become Tropical Storm Earl as it passes through the Caribbean Sea because wind shear will be minimal and the water temperature is quite high, in the mid-upper 80s.

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People with interests in Central America, up through the Yucatan Peninsula will want to monitor this developing system.  You can be sure we’ll update you on it if it intensifies and gets named on Channel 4, on wsmv.com, and via social media as well.

Coming up today on Channel 4 News at 5pm, Daphne Deloren will share all you need to know about the weather to get through this coming week.

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