March 2: Severe Weather Wrap-Up, Looking Back at Winter, Daily Links

WEATHER

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:
thursday-highs
Cold tonight, with lows dropping to around freezing:
friday-lows
Highs only in the 40s and low 50s tomorrow:
friday-highs

We’ll get back to the 60s over the weekend, after a chilly start Saturday morning.  More clouds on Sunday, but it looks like we’ll remain dry through the weekend:
wsmv-4-plus-4-am-1

The next storm system will head our way Monday night and Tuesday — at this point, I’m not concerned about any severe weather potential, but we’ll keep an eye on it!
wsmv-4-plus-4-am-2

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:
2017winterreview_nashville
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.)

 

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Morning meteorologist for WSMV-TV in Nashville.
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One Response to March 2: Severe Weather Wrap-Up, Looking Back at Winter, Daily Links

  1. Fred says:

    I do like crunching ’em, Paul! 🙂
    But a picture’s worth a thousand words and at least 100 numbers, so here’s one to make it flow better: https://dbffkv15yp72v.cloudfront.net/production/reports/history/year/000/029/787/2017/temperature_temperature_f.png
    Some of the readings are a degree less than the official data (seems to be a common issue with Weatherspark, who do not claim 100% accuracy (e.g. their cloud graphs for most of the 90’s in Nashville are plain wrong); however, the graphics are aesthetically pleasing and some of the data is hard to obtain elsewhere, so pardon me for being evangelic about them.
    The red and blue lines in the diagram represent daily average highs and lows. Take a closer look at the color-coded bar above, with the chilly blues being hopelessly outnumbered by those sWARMing pinks. You know something’s wrong with the picture when the longest stretch of cooler days (11) occurred in that “essentially normal” May, while the second longest (6) happened twice: in April and January, the rest of the latter being, of course, pretty much “June-uary”. It was hard to guess last year that we would top the very warm winter of 2015-2016, yet top it we did, I’d say “crushed it effortlessly” would be a more apt way of putting it.

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