Monday Blues Forecast
I hope everybody had a good weekend! Overall, the forecast indicates that this week will be hot and dry with small chances for pop up showers and thunderstorms. The first day of fall is this Saturday. What a great way to start fall. Thus, please stay hydrated and cool. It could be a while before we see nice, crisp sweater weather.
Today (Ugh! Monday!)- Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Hi- 84
Tonight- Partly cloudy, 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Lo- 67
Tuesday- Mostly sunny, Hi- 90
Tuesday night- Mostly clear, Lo- 67
Wednesday- Sunny, Hi- 92
Wednesday night- Mostly clear, Lo- 69
Thursday- Sunny, Hi- 92
Thursday night- Mostly clear, Lo- 70
Friday- Mostly sunny, 40% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, Hi- 90
Friday night- Partly cloudy, 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Lo- 69
Saturday- Partly sunny, 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Hi- 86
Saturday night- Mostly cloudy, 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Lo- 66
Sunday- Mostly cloudy, 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, Hi- 84
A Penny for Thought: Hot Fall Weather
One interesting thought I have about hot fall weather: Climate Prediction Center indicates that the above average temperature will persist for Tennessee possibly into October. However, we grew up associating fall with sweaters, falling leaves, and crisp breezes.
We were taught about “fall weather” in school, but in reality, Tennessee experiences more variety of weather than we think is typical for fall, including tornadoes and late-season heatwave. Also, climate change will make the heatwaves worse, increasing heat stress on body, and the Southeast could see about six more weeks of 90+ degrees in the next few decades.
With most of students in schools by September, the late-season heatwaves could make it more difficult for students to concentrate on their schoolwork when buildings don’t have ACs or cooling systems. From my personal experience, my high school once held an outdoor band competition in October when they thought it would be cooler. However, according to a band member, that day was abnormally hot, and few people suffered heatstrokes. She explained to me that they collapsed during competition, and the staff called ambulances to take them to hospitals.
Also, the event staff had to pass out free water to everyone. That’s one example of how problematic a late-season heatwave could be.
Forecasts from NWS Nashville and Climate Prediction Center. Climate change and heatwaves information from https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/heat-waves-and-climate-change-what-science-tells-us#.W5-v1hpOmhA
I am trained NWS spotter, and this blog is meant to be informative about weather with light humor and commentaries.