Back To School Heat!

Breath taking! Pink cotton candy clouds painted an incredibly gorgeous start to our Wednesday morning in Nashville. Temperatures have been nice and comfy, in the low to upper 70s around town. I took a screen grab of the sunrise in between weather hits so I could share it with you here. Glad I did.

VIDEO TVI

Our commute has been smooth sailing and beautiful, just in time for back to school rush. Besides one isolated shower over Elkton, the radar still sparkles across Middle Tennessee (7:47 am).

VIDEO RADAR

We kick start the first day of school with a very toasty forecast. The afternoon high will climb into the lower 90s, which is right around the timeline of when you may be picking up the kiddos from the bus stop.

SchoolDay_2012_Forecast

When factoring in another round of oppressive dew point values in the low and upper 70s, it will FEEL more like the upper 90s to even triple digits for some (alongside a very soupy feel). Here’s how I expect heat indices to shape up by 2:00 PM…

PAUL iCast Heat Index

Very hot! There is some relief on the way so hang tight.

Let’s turn attention to a record breaker! It is official. July marks the wettest month on record, with nearly twelve inches of fallen rain in just one month. The last record was set back in 1981 at 9.87 inches.

LISA SPECIAL FORECAST 4

Well, that was northern Middle Tennessee. Southern? Quite the opposite. A good chunk still remains under a severe drought, indicated by the orange colors. Check it out…

DT DROUGHT UPDATE

High pressure will keep conditions mainly dry through Friday, which is not ideal for the areas that are under the severe drought.

In fact, I only have a slight (20%) chance for a few spotty afternoon showers and storms today. Here’s how the day shapes up…

daphne DAY PLANNER Full - AM

Toasty, sticky and just a few spotty storms through the evening. Not bad at all. The best chance for showers and thunderstorms will arrive with a frontal boundary currently over the central plains. Saturday will be the best bet to get the action out if this but there is a bright side to this. 1. Needed rain for southern Middle Tennessee and 2. Relief from the heat! Highs will pull back to our seasonal average by Saturday, into the lower 90s.

WSMV 7 Day AM

I’ll have the full breakdown on storm timing on channel 4 at noon today.

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