It was a stiff wind along the Gulf Coast last weekend. Steady southeast to south winds gusting over 30 mph pushed the oil slick toward Louisiana over the weekend. 10 foot waves slammed the coast, making it difficult if not impossible to contain the spill, and moving it ever so slowly toward the coast.
The forecast is a good news/bad news scenario, depending on where you live on the coast. Lighter winds and smoother seas will allow crews to resume containment and mitigation efforts. A shift in wind direction to more westerly will tend to push the growing oil slick eastward toward Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Twin Cities: Roller coaster temperature week.
The thermometer will be like the stock market this week. Lots of ups and downs.
We start on the cooler side with 50s and 60s in Minnesota Monday. Tuesday will bring warm southerly breezes, and temps will push into the 70s in the southern half of the state. A cool front will blow through again mid-week, returning us to the cooler 50s by late week.
Look for chance for rain late Tuesday as the front slams through.
If they had an arc in Nashville it would be overflowing.
A record 2 day deluge has already broken the monthly record for the wettest May ever in Nashville. Saturday brought 6.32" of rain to Nashville. That's the 3rd wettest day in Nashville history. Then came Sunday. An incredible 7.25" rained down on the city. That smashed the record for the wettest day in Nashville history.
Two day rainfall totals are incredibly over 17" in some areas! Think about that for a moment. The wettest MONTH n Minnesota is Jun with an average of just over 4" of rain for the entire month. Areas around Nashville got 17" in TWO DAYS.
The pictures are amazing. Cars stacked up like toys. Entire buildings floating down new rivers like arcs. At least 19 people are dead, and local officials have declared a civil emergency for fear the even though the rain has stopped, the still raging floodwaters will claim more lives.