August 30: Hot Today, Nice Weekend Ahead, Daily Links

WEATHER

I know, I know…you’re ready for a break from the heat and humidity.  And you’re ready for it right NOW.  The bad news is, we’re in for two more days of hot and humid weather…but the good news is that the Labor Day weekend will bring us a nice break from the mugginess!  So just keep the good news in mind as you look at today’s forecast highs:
TUESDAY HIGHS
And today’s forecast heat indices:
TUESDAY HEAT INDEX
Not much of a storm chance today — like yesterday, just a 20% shot.  There are a few blips on the HRRR model’s radar simulation though, so maybe you’ll hit the jackpot:
hrrr_2016083009_ref_nashville

Still hot, and still very muggy tomorrow…maybe a degree or two cooler than today, but you won’t be able to notice much of a difference:
WEDNESDAY HIGHS
A cold front will approach from the north tomorrow — that front won’t actually move through the Midstate until Thursday, but it will be close enough on Wednesday to squeeze the atmosphere overhead and give us a slightly better chance of showers and a few storms:
RPM 2P WED RPM 4P WED RPM 6P WED

As front actually moves through on Thursday, we could still see some spotty showers, especially in the first half of the day.  More importantly, temperatures will only reach the 80s, and the humidity will be steadily dropping throughout the day.  Dew points will drop from the upper 60s Thursday morning to the low 60s by sunset…that’s good progress on the “muggy meter”:
MuggyMeter
Things are looking pretty good for Vanderbilt’s game against South Carolina Thursday evening, especially with that northerly breeze:
FOOTBALL 1
And if you’re making the drive to Knoxville for UT’s game against Appalachian State, the weather is looking cooperative there as well:
FOOTBALL 2

The humidity will remain low (dew points in the 50s) Friday and Saturday, and it will still be quite tolerable Sunday and Monday.  That adds up to a pleasantly-warm Labor Day weekend forecast!
WSMV 7 Day AM

Things in the tropics have come into better focus regarding both systems we’ve been watching closely — the tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina will briefly strengthen to a tropical storm as it approaches and then turns away from the Outer Banks:
TROPICAL 1
And the tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico will strengthen to a tropical storm before it makes landfall to the north of Tampa late Thursday:
TROPICAL 2
Neither system will have a direct impact on our weather around here.

 

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About paulheggen33

Morning meteorologist for WSMV-TV in Nashville.
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