October 10, 2018 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

Hurricanes and cold fronts feature prominently in our weather at least through tomorrow, and we have cloud-induced records to talk about as well. It’s all here along with today’s Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through the weekend!

Yesterday, we tied a record for the highest minimum temperature for October 9th, as we only dropped to 68 degrees. That’s the highest low temperature recorded for the day, meaning that every hour of Tuesday was at or above that 68 marker. There’s only one day that matches that for October 9, and that’s from just last year! There’s a decent chance we might break that record for today as well, depending on how things go by midnight.

That’s all thanks to the clouds streaming north from Hurricane Michael and those coming east from a cold front. A combination of the two will bring us lots of rain tonight through Thursday. Here’s the outlook:

  • Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and gusty winds. Low 68.
  • Thursday-Rain showers likely, could be heavy at times. Windy, with highs around 71.
  • Thursday night-Decreasing clouds and much cooler. Low 42.
  • Friday-Partly cloudy. High 65.
  • Saturday-Partly to mostly sunny. High 64.
  • Sunday-Partly cloudy with a couple afternoon showers and storms possible. High 65.

Rain is coming at us from south to north because of both of the major weather features nearby. As of early evening, we’re in a break in the rain except for folks along the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Rain will take a break for many of us tonight before more starts to stream our way early tomorrow.

Thursday won’t be a very fun day to be out. It’s probably going to be a good day to take off and read a book if you have the means to do so. We’ll have clouds and rain with gusty winds at times as well. If we hit 71 degrees, that will probably be early in the day, and we’ll see that dropping as the cold front moves through around noon.

Not long after that cold front gets through here, rain will start to end as well. The front is the steering mechanism that’s getting what’s left of Hurricane Michael to exit the Carolinas a lot quicker than Florence did last month. In fact, that storm will be long gone by the end of Friday.

Cooler weather moves in behind the front, and we’ll finally get to fall-like temperatures. Overnight lows in the low 40’s start Thursday night, and highs in the mid 60’s are likely starting Friday and through the weekend. Our next chance of rain could be late Sunday, when another cold front heads our way.

Thanks for checking here for the forecast! I’ll have one more this week before the weekend gets started…with football it’s always sooner than I’d like to start the weekend on Friday.

Speaking of that, we have the ETSU High School Football Game of the Week on Friday night. After a thrilling losing-streak ender at Sullivan Central last week, we return to Sullivan North for the last three regular season games of the year. This week, the Golden Raiders play Happy Valley in a big game for district playoff seeding. We’ll be on the air at 6:45 with a 7:30 kickoff from Bloomingdale on 96.3 The Possum. Check us out online at 963thepossum.com if you can’t listen on 96.3 FM.

May 10, 2015 #TriCitiesWx Forecast

We’ve had a couple record breaking days this weekend, but that’s all coming to an end starting tomorrow afternoon. We stay below 80 for most of the week after that! Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast for tonight through Friday!

First, the records. On Saturday, we tied a record high of 88 degrees. That also happened on May 9, 1963. The warmest day on that date since records have been kept, which considering we’re in the year 2015 hasn’t been all that long. Today, we smashed a record that happened three times! Our high today was also 88, that broke a record from 1955, 2007, and 2011. I guess that record will be simpler to put in the weather calendar for next year!

Now, the quick forecast:

Tonight-Partly Cloudy, low near 60.

Monday-Increasing clouds, afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High 85.

Monday night-Cloudy with a few showers and storms. Low near 60.

Tuesday-Morning showers are possible, then a partly cloudy afternoon. High 78.

Wednesday-Mostly sunny and cooler, high 74.

Thursday-Mostly sunny, high 78.

Friday-Cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and storms. High 77.

A cold front that has been causing all kinds of havoc in terms of severe weather across the southern plains, and even snow in Denver and the Rocky Mountains, is finally going to wander out of there and head our way. So our days of summertime temperatures and afternoon pop-up storms are over for now.

Storms that are involved with a cold front will head through here late tomorrow afternoon, and bring some potentially heavy rain at times. Don’t forget that if you hear thunder, lightning was recently somewhere near you, so get indoors! Storms are possible Monday afternoon through Monday night, and then we’ll see a few scattered showers around on Tuesday morning once the front finally actually gets through here.

We’ll have two days of dry weather before another front comes in from the north. That will bring clouds to our area once again on Friday, and showers and storms to the afternoon to finish off the work week.

Tomorrow at 7pm, weather permitting, the Sullivan South Rebels play Greeneville in the semifinal round of the Region 1 baseball tournament! We’ll have all the action from Greeneville starting at about 6:50pm tomorrow on TopGunRadio.com, 870 AM, and 100.7 FM. Looks like we’re going to be broadcasting from Pioneer Park, home of Tusculum College and the Greeneville Astros! I’ve heard good things, so I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow. Hope you’ll join us!

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

Record breakers!

Two records have been altered in the past couple days as a result of the cold weather:

First of all, November 17th recorded a trace of snow, basically, we got a little, but not enough to measure. That happened last in 2011, and is the most for any date in recorded history for that date.

The official record breaker happened today, with our high temperature of only 29 degrees. That sets a record low high temperature for this date, also known as the coldest November 18 since records have been kept at the Tri-Cities Airport. The previous record was set in 1951, at 31 degrees. That one was up for 63 years!

The record low for today is 16 degrees, and we might tie that one before it’s over. The latest updated temperature at the airport was 18 degrees. If we get to 16 before midnight, we might tie that record. We’ll know more about that tomorrow.

There is no doubt, though, that the Wednesday all-time record low will get smashed in the morning. 13 degrees is predicted by morning, and the record is 17 from 2008. In fact, at 12:01 am we may have that one beat. That’s another one that will probably get updated in the morning.

The good news is, it never gets too cold around here for too long, and highs in the low 40’s (see forecast below) are probable tomorrow afternoon.

Sullivan County Tornado-less Streak is Over

The National Weather Service was on the ground in our area looking at tornado damage on Monday, and they confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Sullivan County on Sunday afternoon. This is historic; until Sunday, there hadn’t been a tornado reported in Sullivan County since October 1, 1977.

The first tornado happened near Rock Springs. It was an EF-1 tornado and was on the ground for about half a mile, and was 50 yards wide. Winds in that tornado are estimated at around 110 mph. That twister existed for a minute or so.

The second one touched down two minutes later, and was on the ground for 7.1 miles, from close to the end of the first tornado to near Gray. This one had wind speeds of around 100 miles per hour and reached a maximum width of 300 yards. From beginning to end, the “Gray tornado” (as named by NWS) was on the ground for 15 minutes.

News that makes me happy: As of the survey yesterday, there were no injuries or fatalities due to either tornado! That is fantastic news, despite a couple folks who took it upon themselves to stand on their porch and nearly get blown away by these things while taking video. NOT a smart idea, as I mentioned on the air a couple times while the warnings were issued.

Now to the numbers. Based on data from the NWS tornado database (you will need to search for Sullivan County at that link), the Rock Springs tornado is the first reported tornado in Sullivan County since the first day of October in 1977. We went 13,448 days between tornadoes in Sullivan County, and then had two of them a minute apart on Sunday! To give this even more perspective, I wasn’t even alive when the 1977 tornado touched down near Indian Springs and went southeast through Blountville, southwest Bristol, and into Bluff City.

These are the 5th and 6th reported tornadoes in the county since 1933, and I know of at least one before that back in the 1880’s near Bristol that isn’t on that list. Of course, for most of history a tornado could’ve happened in places where nobody could see it, and went unreported. That could conceivably happen today, in fact! Based on the NWS records, this is the first day where two tornadoes have happened in Sullivan County in the same day…at least in recorded history!

Added to all of that is that one of the houses hit by one of the tornadoes was allegedly full of stolen items, based on reports from WJHL and WCYB. So the Sheriff’s Department was involved in some action after the surveys were done as well. Never underestimate the power of a well placed severe weather event!

Let’s hope that we go another 13,000 or so days (or longer!) between storms like this! Should there be more information from the National Weather Service folks in Morristown, I’ll pass it on. Thankfully, it appears that we won’t see storms as bad as this one (same storm produced both tornadoes) for quite a while.

For July 18, 2014, there’s a hat trick!

Yesterday I mentioned that we broke two records in the same day, the record low temperature, then the lowest high temperature for July 18 since records were kept. With all the rain, in the back of my mind I wondered about one more. Lo and behold:

415 AM EDT SAT JUL 19 2014



That notification from the National Weather Service office in Morristown confirms that at Tri-Cities we broke three records in the same day. And two of those were set before my parents were alive! For this weather geek, that’s simply amazing.

I leave you with that information until tomorrow, when I’ll get back into my regular forecasting duties. Continue the last day of vacation!