Monday Moon, Smoke and Rain

Did you see the Supermoon? Yes, tonight was a bonus night to see this spectacular display. This is called the Supermoon because the moon is full at the same time as perigee, when the Moon is closest to the Earth in it’s orbit. Here is the view I captured from the Channel 4 roofcam just as the moon was rising over downtown. I was so excited that it was rising while I was doing the weather at 5pm and we were able to show it live…just stunning.  We recorded it and will show it again tonight during the 10pm News.


There are so many terrific pictures captured by our viewers.  You can see a slide show here.

Fortunately, the smokey haze that many of you have been seeing was not an issue for viewing tonight.  The easterly wind that directed the smoke from the wildfires in North Carolina has changed to a more west-southwesterly wind.  That is directing the haze away from Middle Tennessee again…thank goodness.  The Air Quality Alert will be allowed to expire tonight at 12mid.lisa-what-to-expect

Clouds overnight will increase in response to an approaching front.  Unfortunately, it does not bring the promise of much rain.We will be lucky to get a few light showers or sprinkles in the morning. You can see that on Futurecast.

The last time we had measurable rainfall in Nashville was November 8, but that was only .01″.  Before that on October 20, .35″ fell.  That is terrible, but not a record. In 1923 Music City went 36 days with no rain.  The dry run finally ended on Oct 16, 1923.  That remains the record for the longest dry period.


A ridge of high pressure builds in Wednesday and keeps things dry Thursday and Friday.  Highs by Thursday will be in the upper 70s.  That will be close to the record of 81. Friday another more potent front heads toward us with a greater chance of rain, but it’s only expected to rain .10″ to .20″


The weekend looks chilly with a hard freeze likely by early Monday morning.

I’ll have an update on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer





About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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