Storms arenít defense against coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020

Saturday is looking warm and windy with temperatures approaching 80 and then a front moves in Saturday night bringing showers and thunderstorms. At this time it is looking like only a slight chance of severe thunderstorms in Tennessee with the heaviest activity in Mississippi and up in Illinois.

High temperatures will mostly be in the 60s by Monday and lows in the 40s. Rain is likely with some of it heavy Tuesday and Tuesday night.

After my column on the coronavirus last week, the big question I was getting this week was if rain can wash the virus away? The answer is no! There is still a lot that is not known about the weather and its effects on the virus but we do know some coronaviruses can survive in water for up to two days, meaning that heavy rain may have lifted the virus off some surfaces only to deposit it onto others.

Water alone is not effective at killing or washing away the virus. The only way to effectively wash a surface is to use soap or domestic cleaners in addition to water. Soap molecules can break down a virus shell, destroying the virus.

This week in our evening sky we continue to have the planet Venus shining brightly directly to the West after sunset, it is joined by a crescent moon also in the western sky.

If you have any weather questions or comments, email me at weather1@charter.net.