Friday, April 3, 2009

Thursday's Storms Update (Friday's Weather)

Nashville Tornado
An outbreak of severe weather yesterday afternoon wreaked havoc across the Nashville area.  A tornado struck just east of downtown near the Murfreesboro Road and Briley Parkway intersections.  It caused damage to several businesses.  On I-40 near the airport, the same funnel caused two semi-trailer trucks to overturn. Nashville's International Airport has to close for a short period and evacuated the tower (air traffic controllers) employees. No major injuries are known at this time.  Lightning caused a fire at an NHC nursing home facility in Franklin, just south of Nashville.  No injuries reported in that incident.

Flooding A Problem
Flooding has been a major problem in West Nashville along with many communities in the mid-state. A water rescue was made in downtown Nashville. No less than a dozen warnings for various flood-type situations primarily south of Nashville.

Record Set
Nashville broke the all-time rain record for yesterday as 1.8" was measured through midnight.  The old record of 1.61" was set back in 1979.  Here in Cookeville, I measured 1.75" as of 7:00 this morning. Many reports of more than 2" of rainfall measured by CoCoRaHS volunteers.

Today's Weather
Chilly with some rainy conditions this morning.  Windy this afternoon with clearing skies...highs in the 50's.  Saturday promises to be nice with highs in the mid 60's!  Another front with storms for Sunday and temperatures get VERY COLD with snow chances on Monday night and Tuesday...oh my!

*Latest, Local Forecast*

Weather History for This Date
April 3rd
1974-The largest outbreak of tornadoes in US history. 315 are killed in 11 states and 148 twisters are reported.  Locally, 11 die in the Poplar Grove community.
1998-Tornado outbreak in northern Middle TN with baseball-sized hail reported in White House, TN

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
April 3rd
Normal High: 66° (Record: 85° in 1999)
Normal Low: 44° (Record: 24° in 1992 )
Last Year: 59° and 48°
1.54" of rain measured in 1977
.1 of snow measured in 1936

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