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Why So Cool In July? - 07/29/14

I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had today... highs topped off around 81 degrees in Nashville.  (the average for this time of year is 89).  Just for perspective, 75 degrees is the "coolest high" on record for this day, set back in 1891.  We were only 6 degrees away from it!  Plus tonight we could see a record low in Nashville and Crossville.  (Check out the graphic for details)

So, why is it so cool in July?  Why is it feeling more like early fall than mid summer?  It has to do with our weather pattern in the upper atmosphere.  Normally in the summer months the jet stream retreats to the north and hangs out around the Great Lakes.  But this week, we're seeing a jet stream pattern more typical in the winter time.  The jet stream has dipped into the deep south, allowing for cool, Canadian air to say hello.  (Of course, we're not facing winter-like temperatures because of the summer season and high sun angle).

Will it last?  Unfortunately, no.  But we'll still feel quite comfortable through the week.  Temperatures will climb to the upper 80s, but humidity will remain on the low side.  Enjoy!

 

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WINTER WEATHER-ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

HAMBURG, NY (AP) -- Enough is enough. That's how Tami and Dave Crimi feel. They're used to harsh winter weather in the Buffalo, New York, area. But this year's is never ending to them. Tami says she's "tried of being cold." A November storm dropped more than six feet of snow and their roof collapsed. Now, they've spent more than 100 days in a hotel with their 10- and 12-year-old sons and two dogs. Tami says usually they don't mind Buffalo winters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heavy snow in Washington didn't keep Rob Pressly at home. He says he was going a little stir crazy after doing some work. So, Pressly strapped on his cross-country skis to take a tour of Capitol Hill. He's been skiing for years. But he says this is the first time he's ever done it in the city. He adds it took about 20 minutes to ski from his home to the Capitol area.

CATCH SHAGGY

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- It's a Shaggy dog story -- with Shaggy getting a new home. Shaggy the dog has been on the run for months in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. The dog was dubbed Shaggy because of his rough look from so much time outdoors. Shaggy had eluded repeated capture attempts since being spotted in July. But Shaggy has been caught by Melissa Borden of the Devoted Barn, an animal rescue group. She says she and an area homeowner had been working to win the dog's trust. She says Shaggy will now live at the Devoted Barn.

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POTTED PLANT TOILET

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Pooping in a potted plant is a legal no-no. Police in Omaha, Nebraska, report a 32-year-old man was busted after he pooped in one plant and peed in another at a federal office. The Omaha World-Herald reports the man was in the waiting room area of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building. He's pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and received a five-day jail sentence in lieu of paying a fine. Police say the man told them -- quote -- "Sometimes you have to let the bear outside the woods."

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