March 21, 2019: Spring is Here!

March 21, 2019 Leave a comment

Hello, all! I’m on vacation over the next five or six days, but I wanted to do a couple things while I’m thinking about it.

First, Happy Spring! The first day of Spring arrived on March 20th late in the afternoon. For everyone’s information, this means:

  • The days are getting longer. This started in late December, believe it or not, and became more obvious with the recent time change. Days won’t start getting shorter with each passing day for a few months.
  • Warmer weather IS coming. It’s fashionable these days to think that any cold/hot/rainy/snowy situation is a terribly intense thing, which means every winter was horrible when we really haven’t had a bad one in a while. So better weather is coming.
  • Severe weather season is coming. See the Severe Weather Safety Rules page for more information on that, to find out where to go and when for tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flood warnings in every place you live or frequently visit.
  • The worst of winter is probably over. But, see below for more on that.
  • Baseball season is near. Go Cubs Go!

This DOES NOT MEAN:

  • Cold days/nights are over. Yes, sometimes in Spring there is cold weather, especially early. Transitions of seasons don’t really care what day it is on a human calendar. So we might have overnight lows below freezing for a significant time at night occasionally for over a month.
  • There won’t be any more snow. We’ve had blizzards hit this late in the year. Two cold fronts back-to-back can drop us from the 50s to the 20s in a couple days, and that second one could bring in the snow. So don’t put away the cold or snow gear just yet. As mentioned above, the worst of winter is likely finished for us.
  • Unseasonable or extreme weather in any season is a sign of something wrong. Hardly! The earth is in cycles all the time, and there are not a lot of observations–mainly assumptions–before about 150 years ago or so. Genesis 8:22 is the bottom line as far as I’m concerned, regardless of assumptions or observations. In the King James Version, it says: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Now that we’re finished with that, I’ll have a post or two next week about the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State that’s coming up. It’s going to be sort of like my NWA meeting reports (you can find them in the Weather Info section at the top of the page), but not nearly as lengthy. I’ll try to get that in before I return to work Wednesday.

And speaking of National Weather Association meetings, the annual one is in Huntsville, Alabama, in September! That’s close enough to drive, so I’m working hard on getting to go to at least 3 days of that as well. But that’s a long way away, with many forecasts between now and then!

My next forecast on the air should be during the afternoon on the 27th, and the newest full forecast should be up either that day or the 28th. Thankfully, it appears that our weather will be rather benign until then…just some rain tomorrow and early next week.

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March 18, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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We’ve entered a cool and dry weather trend across the Tri-Cities area, and most of that description should last all week and into the weekend! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

There is a decent chance we may have rain moving in Wednesday night and Thursday as a cold front moves through early in the day. That’s the extent of the rain in the forecast for now. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly clear, morning frost in spots. Low 25.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny. High 54.
  • Tuesday night-Mostly clear, low 28.
  • Wednesday-Partly cloudy, high 57.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy with a few rain showers. High 55.
  • Friday-Decreasing clouds. High near 58.

High pressure controls our weather through Wednesday, keeping us cool and dry. Rain chances begin as a cold front pushes our way Wednesday night, and we could see scattered showers Thursday as well.

After that, sunshine returns during the day Friday as it looks right now. We may have dry weather this coming weekend with highs in the low 60s. That definitely sounds like a plan for the first weekend of Spring.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’m off on vacation (or preparing for it) until the middle of next week, partly at the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium this weekend at Mississippi State. As usual, I’ll have a full update about that trip upon my return.

Until then, I’ll see you again here next Wednesday. Have a good one!

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March 13, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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We’ve had a lot of clouds around and a little sunshine, but no rain! It appears that we may be able to stay rain free tomorrow and most of tomorrow night before a line of showers and storms comes in very early Friday morning. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through the weekend!

Today was a warm one, with our official high at the airport of 71 degrees. The low pressure that spins off the cold front that is coming is very strong. So with high pressure to our east and that front way out west, we get warmer air coming in from the south. Expect more of that tomorrow. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 44.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, windy at times. High 74.
  • Thursday night-Mostly cloudy with showers and storms likely toward morning. Low 55.
  • Friday-Mostly cloudy, with a few lingering morning showers or storms. High 63.
  • Saturday-Decreasing clouds, highs near 50.
  • Sunday-Partly to mostly sunny. Highs near 50.

Tonight and tomorrow look particularly benign at this point. There could be a couple rain showers in the mountains tomorrow afternoon, or west of the Tri-Cities toward sunset, but that’s about it. In fact, most of Thursday night may be dry as well.

As strong as that low pressure is, it’s hidden way behind that cold front. It’s basically kicking the front through while waiting to arrive itself. The cold front moves through Friday morning, and will bring with it a line of showers and possible thunderstorms. I don’t expect anything severe, mainly because it could be 4-8 AM when they get here, either well into the overnight hours or near sunrise.

Rain departs with the low pressure and cold front. The system will drop our temperatures over 20 degrees, but that’s not a terrible situation. This weekend should be rain free for the most part, with high temperatures close to 50 each day. Overnight lows should be near freezing.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great Thursday!

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March 12, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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Good evening! Here’s a quick forecast for the next few days, as not much is going to happen until Thursday evening through Friday morning. The outlook begins:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 35.
  • Wednesday-Partly to mostly cloudy. High 65.
  • Wednesday night-Cloudy, low 44.
  • Thursday-Mostly cloudy, maybe a rain shower late. High 70.
  • Friday-Mostly cloudy with morning rain showers. High 65.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny and cooler. Highs near 50.

A cold front ends our nice weather trend as some rain will be possible both east of the Tri-Cities and west of Kingsport late Thursday afternoon. The best chance of rain will be Thursday night, when some storms will be possible.

The rain comes to an end Friday morning for the most part, bringing cooler and dry weather for the weekend.

Have a great Tuesday!

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March 10, 2019 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

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That was a fantastic finish to the weekend! We reached 68 degrees by the end of the afternoon today. We won’t see that again until late this week, but it won’t be nearly as cold this week! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Friday!

Nights will still be chilly this week, but nothing like last week. And while most of the coldest of winter is behind us, cold spells still happen around here well into April. We can’t put away the cold weather gear just yet!

Here’s the outlook to feather a week that will be close to or above average throughout:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy. Low 37.
  • Monday-Partly to mostly sunny. Highs near 60.
  • Monday night-Partly cloudy. Lows near 30.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny. Highs near 60.
  • Wednesday-Partly cloudy. High 65.
  • Thursday-Increasing clouds with rain possible late. Highs near 70.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers. Highs near 60.

A weak cold front is on its way through our area, but that won’t cause any more difficult weather than some clouds. By tomorrow, most of those effects will be gone.

That cold front moving through will cause our temperatures to drop a bit, from about 10 degrees above average for this time of year to very close to it. Monday and Tuesday should be dry and near average temperature wise for this part of March.

Things start getting warmer on Wednesday, and we’ll be close to 70 Thursday thanks to south winds ahead of a new cold front that will make its way through overnight. There could be rain Thursday afternoon, but as of right now, the best chances of rain are Thursday night, with some thunderstorms possible.

A little rain is possible behind the front on Friday as well, but the cold front won’t be all that cold, at least not yet. We’ll still be near our average on Friday, but with rain in the forecast at times.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast, have a great week!

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