About 12 hours into Tuesday, Chattanooga had received 83 times the rainfall the city recorded for the entire month of August.
Of course, 0.83 inches does not generate "monsoon" headlines, but it was torrential compared to August's paper-thin rainfall total of 0.01 inch. However, it was nothing compared to Labor Day's 10-inch, record-busting gully washer that forced evacuations, canceled school and caused wreck after wreck.
Trivial measurements or not, Tuesday's rainfall put a sleepy haze over the Tennessee Valley as forecasters predicted about an inch of rain for the whole day.
Derek Eisentrout, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn., said the moisture over the city would be pulled northward by this morning, resulting in 60-degrees-and-dry conditions until another round of showers pops up Thursday.
"Spring and fall are transition seasons. They can go from one [extreme] to the other," Eisentrout said. "Nothing too absolute."
But WRCB-TV Channel 3 meteorologist David Karnes saw a light at the end of the tunnel, predicting ideal conditions as the workweek draws to a close.
"All weekend we will have sunshine and highs in the mid-70s," Karnes wrote on WRCB's website.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...