Thunderstorms with heavy downpours have been the main story today. Come tomorrow, we’ll be talking about Octoberlike air that will stick around for many days. We’re also tracking the strongest hurricane ever in recorded history in the Atlantic Ocean — Hurricane Irma.
Rain and thunderstorms are rapidly shifting south of Nashville as of 2pm today. The trend of that rain to push southeastward will continue into this evening.
Notice, there are additional showers and light sprinkles over southern Missouri. A couple of those could slide through the Mid State this evening before completely dissipating.
Here’s your rain chance carrying through 11pm.
Tomorrow, look at how cool the air will be around dawn. The sky will be partly cloudy then.
During the afternoon, we’ll have highs only in the 60s and 70s, with a light northwest breeze.
A few sprinkles or isolated showers will be possible tomorrow afternoon too, although the rain chance is only 20%.
Down the road, notice how the cool air lingers. We’ll even flirt with record lows on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Hurricane Irma is now a very dangerous category 5 storm. Maximum sustained wind is 185mph!
Notice the official track from the National Hurricane Center. Some of the Leeward Islands will take direct hit tonight. Puerto Rico will be grazed by it tomorrow. The further you go in time, the less certain the track becomes. Irma could stay north of Cuba late in the week. However, the very reliable European model now shows Irma hitting Cuba directly. SO, Irma’s ultimate impact on the continental United States in regard to placement and strength is still very uncertain. All areas in the red cone of uncertainty will need to remain on guard for several days to come.
Be sure to watch Lisa Spencer this evening for an update on all of the above.