Quite a morning across the Midstate yesterday! As of this morning, three tornadoes (all EF-1 rated) have been confirmed by the National Weather Service office in Nashville. The NWS will have teams out in the field today to assess more damaged areas. The preliminary storm summary can be found at this link.
We get to enjoy the calm after the storms for a few days, as a tranquil weather pattern will settle in through the weekend. Lots of sunshine today, tomorrow and Saturday, with high temperatures reaching the mid 50s today:
Cold tonight, with lows dropping to around freezing:
Highs only in the 40s and low 50s tomorrow:
Finally (one day late), welcome to meteorological spring! Meteorologists “round off” the seasons to correspond with a common-sense definition — so, we just wrapped up meteorological winter (Dec-Jan-Feb). When you crunch the numbers for winter as a whole…yeah, it was warm. REALLY warm:
We also just wrapped up the second-warmest month of February on record in Nashville, with an average temperature of 51.3 degrees.
Beyond that, out of the last 18 months, 17 recorded above-normal temperatures. Over the last year and a half only January 2016 (slightly below-normal) and May 2016 (barely above-normal) were essentially “average.” August 2015 was the last unequivocally “cool” month observed in Nashville. (Big thanks as always to loyal viewer/commenter Fred, who loves crunching these numbers.)
- Of over 1,500 weather stations nationwide, 84% recorded a warmer-than-average winter…8% recorded their warmest on record!
- It was a rough (non)-winter for ski resorts in the eastern United States.
- Spring of 2012 was very early, with major consequences (especially for farmers)…Spring this year is up to 3 weeks earlier than 2012.
- The World Meteorological Organization announced new verified record high-temperatures for Antarctica, and they may surprise you.
- There’s a web site that scientifically evaluates the climate-change facts presented in the broader media, and it’s pretty fantastic.
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- Unusually hot or cold weather may affect the birth weight of babies.
- How NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (to be launched next year) will answer astronomy’s biggest questions.
- Some additional analysis of SpaceX’s announcement from earlier this week.
- If you think NASA is frustrated with SpaceX and its lunar ambitions, you’re probably right.
- A new binary star asteroid belt teaches us about how planets form.
- The worst thing about electric cars might not be an issue for much longer.
- 4 ways to quick-charge your phone during a busy day.