Warmer Air, More Sunshine, & a Major Hurricane

Good Saturday morning!  Thanks for spending part of your day reading my weather blog.  It’s a beauty our there as I type this (at 7:33am)….for most of you.  Let’s start with a camera tour across the area…

Clarksville (below) is a little more gray, with low clouds and some fog…


There ARE a couple showers, but not many.  They’re confined north of the TN/KY state line:


Temperatures are seasonable….running in the 50s.


It’s a little backwards this morning.  Our northern communities are milder than our southern towns by more than ten degrees!   The reason is there’s a deck of clouds along the TN/KY line.  At night, clouds radiate energy back to Earth, keeping it warmer than it would be otherwise (if it were clear).


If you’re about to head out for the #RacefortheCure at Maryland Farms in Brentwood, take a jacket.  It’s cool, but should be perfect for the event!


Throughout the day, we’ll see more sunshine than yesterday.  Southern Middle Tennessee will be the brightest.  The most cloud cover will occur over southern Kentucky.  There’s only a 20% shower chance (mainly north of I-40), so fewer of you will have to deal with rain today than over the last couple of days.  Take a look at FUTURECAST.

Temperatures this afternoon will be slightly cooler than average — right on for October!


Heading to a football game today?  The Tennessee/Georgia game in Athens looks outstanding, with sunshine and highs around 80.  Here are the forecasts for games in our area…

Tomorrow looks even brighter than today, warmer, and will have less rain (rain chance, 10%, and just over southern Kentucky).  Highs should be in the upper 70s.  SO…the weekend will end on a very nice note!

In the tropics, we’re still watching Hurricane Matthew as it trudges westward.

Overnight, it briefly reached Category 5 status!  Now, it’s just below that, with 155mph sustained wind!  The center of circulation is very small, so the peak winds are over a very narrow part of the southern Caribbean Sea (a 10-15 mile span).

Matthew’s likely to make more of a northerly push over the next 24 hours….and then track due northward, passing near or over Jamaica early next week.  Then, it’ll likely strike Cuba as a major hurricane on Tuesday.


After that, it’s northward movement will continue.  How close it gets to the United States depends on how quickly a weather system that’s currently along the west coast moves across the country.  If that system moves slowly, Matthew will have a chance at clipping or even hitting the eastern portion of the Carolinas.  If that system moves quickly, it’s more likely Matthew stays safely out to sea….producing nothing more than gusty wind and riptides along the east coast.  Either way, the storm won’t bring us any rain.  It’s possible Friday into next Saturday, our will weather turn a little breezy as Matthew continues on its northward jaunt.


Coming up later today on Channel 4 News at 6pm, Daphne Deloren will provide the latest on Matthew and our expected building heat for later this week!


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One Response to Warmer Air, More Sunshine, & a Major Hurricane

  1. Fred says:

    Warmest September through September period in Nashville in 76 years.
    The last 13 months have been exceptionally warm in Nashville. The only month over that span that was cooler than average was January, and that by just half a degree (although it probably felt a lot colder after December that was more like March), so it was basically normal. Of the 12 above-average months, May was just a shade above the norm, so it, too, was normal. That leaves 11 significantly warmer than average months. They include the warmest November since 1985, the warmest December since 1889 (!) and the warmest September since 1998. So it is hardly surprising that this 13 -month stretch flat-out leveled the competition. The full data set is available here: http://www.sercc.com/climper/ClimPerList.php?station=406402&mode=ClimPer&date=2016-09-30&count=396_DAY (Note: the data before 1940-1941 season is not included, even though the records go as far back as early 1870’s).

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