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Snow looks unlikely this year says meteorologist
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Around the planet, temperatures are moving higher with global warming, data shows.  Krissy Hurley, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service observatory and forecast office in Nashville, shows the temperature trends at The Rotary Club of McMinnville.

Hoping to see some snow this winter?  It’s possible, but not very likely.

Blame it on La Ni, a major natural effect that starts in the Pacific Ocean, Krissy Hurley, meteorologist-in-charge at the Nashville office of the National Weather Service, told The Rotary Club of McMinnville recently.

La Niña is normally associated with “above normal temperatures and precipitation in the U.S.,” Nashville’s chief forecaster said.  But many other factors, including climate change, could upset the historic weather patterns, she advised.  And 2022 brings us an extraordinary triple-dip La Niña.

“I’m not saying we won’t have snow, but the opportunity is less,” she assessed as she displayed a chart showing a generally downward trend in snow accumulation in Middle Tennessee over the past several years.

As for fall weather, look for “above normal temperatures” and somewhat drier conditions.

Hurley addressed the Rotary Club on the first day of autumn, immediately following a 100-degree last day of summer in Nashville.  

In fact, summer 20022 was the second hottest on record in Tennessee.  First-place honors for that sizzling distinction go back to 1954, she recalled.

Climate scientists are virtually unanimous in concluding that global climate warming, driven largely by human activity, is causing hotter weather and more violent storms, including catastrophic flooding that has claimed thousands of lives, spurred massive population movements, and ravaged food production across much of the planet. 

Interestingly, Nashville’s two 100-degree days in 2022 were the bookends for last summer.  “The first 100-degree day was the first day of summer and the second was the last day of summer,” the speaker observed.

While tornados get the most attention as a danger to human life, the most fatalities in weather events in the U.S. have been due to extreme heat, Hurley told the Rotarians and their guests. The second largest cause of weather-related fatalities is flooding.  The flash floods in Waverly last year and the flooding disaster in Eastern Kentucky in 2022 serve as recent examples.