Storm Update for Thursday

Scattered storms continue to pop up acrossMiddle TN this afternoon.

With a somewhat ripe environment in place some storms may pack a bit of a punch in the way of gusty winds and heavy rain.
After sunset, a second wave of storms will move in from the west.
This second line could become more organized and bring with it even stronger winds.
Right now, this second wave looks to arrive shortly after 8PM in western TN and move through Middle TN closer to 9/10PM.
Thankfully, the threat for tornadoes is very low given the overall setup. However, tornadoes are not to be ruled out entirely.
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2 Responses to Storm Update for Thursday

  1. Fred says:

    A drum roll,.. please. We’re wrapping up the hottest May on record. With the average temperature of 75.5, 8 degrees above the norm, it dethroned the previous record-holder from 1962. The adjusted top 10 now looks like this:

    Hottest Mays in Nashville

    1. 2018 – 75.5
    2. 1962 – 75.2
    3. 1991 – 74.1
    4. 1896 – 73.5
    5. 1987 – 73.3
    6. 2012 – 72.8
    7. 1899 & 1881 – 72.4
    8. 1902 – 72.3
    9. 1944 – 72.2
    10. 1880 – 72.0

    The average high of 86.6 degrees is second only to 1962’s 88.1, while the average low of 64.5 was bested only by 65 from 1991, which was the muggiest May ever. Nine 90 or above days is the most since 2012, which also had 9.

    Most 90+ days in May

    1.1962 – 16
    2.1944 – 11
    3. 2018 – 9
    2012 – 9
    1911 – 9
    4. 1953 – 7
    1941 – 7
    1937 – 7

    For the first time, there were no cooler than average days in May. The only respite, of sorts, came on the 5th, which had exactly normal temperature. 1 heating degree days is the third lowest on record, behind 0.5 in 1899 and 0 in 1896. Unsurprisingly, 334 cooling degree days (sure to be reflected in the electricity bills) sets the new record, eclipsing 1962’s 327. So, basically, May 2018 was, actually, June, which followed an atypically cool April. More than 20 degrees difference between these two months is the greatest ever. Curiously, the hottest May comes just one year after the hottest April and six years after the warmest March and meteorological spring. Speaking of spring, it, apparently, took a vacation in 2018. Better luck next year, eh?

  2. Fred says:

    Just to finish up on the extraordinary May we had. Rainfall for the month was, overall, normal, 5.43 inches being barely below the current decade’s average of 5.50, based on the data from 1981-2010. This was the wettest May since 2010 (as inappropriate this comparison may be) and the first since then to break the 5″ mark. So the dry streak of seven years, the longest ever for May is over, yet it’s been 8 years, and counting, that May fails to reach a surplus of precipitation, and it’s supposed to be Nashville’s wettest month, after all. While spring marks the height of our tornado season, this March-May not a single tornado warning had been issued by the local office, for the first time since 2005. May’s persistent heat, April’s chill and a lack of March madness combined to produce such a tranquil spring. In fact, the last rather active spring was in 2011. June through October is the quiet season for tornadoes and, hopefully, this would be the case in 2018, too.

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