Bye Bye Winter! Hello Spring!

We wrapped up winter today with a very spring like day. The afternoon high reached 61 in Nashville and the sun was shining brightly.  Tomorrow things get warmer with the high soaring to the mid 70s as spring officially gets underway.  More on the changing season in the paragraphs to come.

Tomorrow a front will likely stall over the mid state.  We can expect an increase in clouds overnight and maybe even an isolated shower or two during the day tomorrow. The real activity begins Monday night.  Tuesday as the front starts to move we have a good chance of showers and thunderstorms, some of those storms could be strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a marginal risk zone for severe storms. “Marginal” is a 1 on a 1-5 scale. The biggest threat from Tuesday’s storms will be hail and to a lesser degree damaging wind. Here’s a snapshot of the Futurecast timing and placement. We’ll keep updating this.

Wednesday and Thursday things will be drier and cooler. There are a few showers possible both days.

WSMV 4 PLUS 4 PM

Now back to the beginning of Spring.  It’s the Vernal Equinox when the tilt of the Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that the Earth’s axis doesn’t point toward or away from the Sun.  The direct rays from the Sun are striking at the equator, that imaginary line dividing the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

The word equinox originates from the Latin words meaning “equal night”. At this time the length of day and night are close to being equal.

Spring Equinox

Another spring like number that is rising is the pollen count.  Tomorrow it will be in the high category at 10.

WSMV POLLEN COUNT

I’ll have an update on the forecast coming up on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

 

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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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