Late Day Thunderstorms to Provide Heat Relief

Hallelujah!  Thunderstorms late today will finally cool us down some!

This morning, a batch of high clouds is moving through the Mid State…mainly over our northeastern counties.

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These clouds are in association with a band of thunderstorms over the Midwest, southward into central Kentucky.  They’re just now coming into view of 4WARN Live Doppler Radar — the ONLY Live Radar in Middle Tennessee!

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Notice the storms extend from west of St. Louis, east into West Virginia.  The storms within the line are moving eastward.  However, the band of storms itself is very slowly settling southward.

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Temperatures now (as of 6:30am) are mainly in the upper 70s!  With high humidity, it easily feels like the 80s in most spots though.

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Notice how our rain chance will ramp up as we head into the mid-late afternoon.

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That means the weather looks perfect for at least the first half of today for enjoying a nearby pool or lake!  Later this afternoon though, keep your eye to the sky to watch for building clouds and approaching thunderstorms.

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Remember, when you’re on the go, you can always access 4WARN Live Doppler Radar, plus receive weather watches and warnings issued for your area with the 4WARN Weather and News4 apps.  Here’s another bonus — they’re completely free to download and use!  Tell your friends about them.  Let your relatives know.  They’re great….& I have them both on my smart phone.

Any storms that develop in the Mid State late today could produce damaging wind gusts.  I honestly think the best chance of that happening is along the I-40 corridor and points farther north.  The Storm Prediction Center has put all of Middle Tennessee into a “Marginal Threat” zone for severe weather.  On a 1 to 5 scale, that’s a level 1 threat — the lowest level.

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FUTURECAST looks reasonable to me in its timing and depiction of how storms will evolve.  Of course, it all may play out a little more slowly or a little faster than what you see here.  SO…just use this as a rough guide.

Back to the temperature story before we wrap this up.  Today is the last day in our continuous stretch of tremendously hot weather!  A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 7pm for Middle Tennessee.

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Highs this afternoon will soar into the 90s again, with the heat index easily eclipsing 100!

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Paul Heggen’s in the office this afternoon.  He’ll monitor the thunderstorms & will provide updates on social media, wsmv.com, and of course News 4, which begins at 5pm.

Have a great Sunday & keep cool!

DT

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