Warm Fall Days…Eye on the sky & sea

It was another beautiful day, but a warm one for this time of year.  Temperatures soared into the 80s which is about 10 degrees above the average.  An upper level ridge of high pressure is building into the eastern part of the United States.  This pattern will make for sunny and dry days through Friday afternoon. We are not looking at record heat, but certainly not typical for early October in Middle Tennessee.

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Baby James, 7 months (viewer photo)

By Friday a weak frontal boundary will head toward the mid state.  That will bring the slightest chance of a shower late Friday into early Saturday.  Saturday an upper trough of low pressure that is now in the plains will move in.  Normally you would think of that increasing our chances of rain, but Hurricane Matthew is greedy with the moisture, so our chances of rain will remain in the 20% category. This is not really a good thing since we are falling behind again in rainfall.

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Matthew will help provide a northerly wind flow that will bring those afternoon highs back down to something closer to average in the low 70s over the weekend. With a dry air mass the lows will easily tumble to the mid 40s…jacket weather.

This clear pattern will make for some nice sky viewing. The moon will be sandwiched between Venus and Saturn.  You can catch these bright objects just after sunset.

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I’ve had many questions about Hurricane Matthew’s impact on vacations to Destin and other spots along the panhandle of Florida. I would expect higher winds and a few more clouds.  The latest track does keep Matthew off the coast as it passes by Florida  Friday.  Folks spending fall break along the North and South Carolina coast will not be so lucky.

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Quick reminder that Surviving the Storm starts this Thursday at Trousdale County High School with the entire 4WARN Weather Team.  You can find out more about the show and see future locations at on the weather page at wsmv.com.

I’ll have a weather update beginning at 6pm on Channel 4 News.

Lisa Spencer

posted  5:35 PM

 

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About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
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