TUESDAY STARTS WITH CLOUDS & SUN MIXED
Mostly overcast via the WREG-TV WeatherNet camera at St. Francis of Assisi in Cordova, TN mid-to-late Tuesday morning. Rainfall was absent through Tuesday morning (with the exception of a few minor drizzles) but is expected for later on today. More on your forecast starting now…
Highs in the Mid-South will run from the high 70’s to lower 80’s, even a few mid/high 80’s across the southern WREG viewing area, nearing normal for mid-September. An isolated shower or thunderstorm is still possible for the area today into this evening. Winds: NNE @ 5 MPH. Coverage chance for precipitation: 20%, falling to 10% or less after sunset. Skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy through the day.
Winds remain light from the northeast tonight as skies remain partly to mostly cloudy. Lows fall into the mid 60’s. Coverage chance for precipitation: 0% after sunset through midnight.
A very slight (less than 15%) coverage chance for precipitation remains into Wednesday, and pick up again on Wednesday evening, as highs mid-week reach to near 80 degrees. Winds: very light from the northeast.
TODAY’S U-V FORECAST FOR THE MID-SOUTH: HIGH
Via EPA.gov: Protection against sun damage is needed. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, use sunscreen SPF 30+ and wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants when practical. Reduce your exposure to the sun’s most intense UV radiation by seeking shade during midday hours.
TRACKING THE TROPICS: ACTIVE ON BOTH COASTS
In the mid-Atlantic, ‘Edouard’ is now a hurricane. Curving back towards the north central Atlantic it is no threat to the United States.
In the far eastern Pacific, the Baja Peninsula and the west coast of Mexico continue to be lashed by the winds and rains of now tropical storm “Odile”. New computer model runs are taking new tropical storm “Polo” up the coast, along the same track. “Odile” looks to make a turn into the desert southwest states, bringing heavy rainfall with it. While no threat to the WREG-TV/Mid-South area, the remnants of ‘Odile’ could make its way here into the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for updates on the forecast.
WEATHER ALMANAC: MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Runoff from last week’s major flooding continues to stream into the Mississippi River channel, creating a slow but steady rise in the river’s level in Memphis. This is expected to continue for several days as the amount of water received during last week’s event was rather extensive, topping 10″ of rainfall in some parts of the Mid-South.
WEATHER ALMANAC: SEISMIC ACTIVITY
According to the USGS and CERI, one micro-quake occurred at 4:01:20 PM (CDT) on Monday, September 15, 2014 .
The magnitude 2.2 event occurred 6 km (4 miles) NW of Ridgely, TN. If you felt it, please tell the USGS about it. Your reports can lead to more accurate earthquake studies.
TONIGHT’S SKYBLOG3 MID-SOUTH NIGHT SKY VIEWING POTENTIAL: LIMITED
This Week’s Stargazing Tips (courtesy of Stardate.org)
September 16: Mars and Antares
The planet Mars is in the southwest as night falls, shining like a bright orange star. Not far to its left, look for equally bright Antares, a star that shines with the same orange color.
September 17: John Goodricke
A star with a demonic reputation climbs the northeastern sky this evening. Algol represents the head of Medusa, a monster that’s part of the constellation Perseus. The star fades and brightens, which may have helped inspire its reputation.
September 18: Moon and Companions
The Moon has a couple of bright companions before dawn tomorrow. The brilliant planet Jupiter stands to the lower left of the Moon, with the fainter star Procyon a little farther to the Moon’s right or upper right.
SKYWARN TRAINING TONIGHT
If you’ve every thought about becoming a Skywarn storm spotting volunteer, and you live in the eastern part of the WREG-TV viewing area, you should think about attending the most recent training event for tonight at Jackson State Community College, Classroom Building, Room B04, 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38301. Class begins at 6PM. Event is free; registration is requested.
MORE SKYWARN MEETINGS IN THE MID-SOUTH LISTED HERE…
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