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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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Last Update on October 24, 2014 09:09 GMT

COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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