Monday, January 25, 2010

Cold Air Returns with Snow Chance


CHANGING FORECAST: We start in the 30's this morning across Cookeville and much of Tennessee. Our expectation for today is for temperatures to remain steady throughout the day with west wind of 15 to 20 mph  gusting to 30 mph. Rain chances are around 40%. This evening as temperatures begin falling, the rain will transition to snow with less than 1/2" of accumulation possible. Low around 28° by morning. Cold on Tuesday with a partly sunny sky and highs around 38°. Possible snowstorm late in the week, more on that in the forecast below.

TORNADO VIDEO: Thanks to my friend Donnie Cox, of Cookeville, for sharing this tornado video below from near Springfield. The tornado occurred on Sunday.

LOTS OF RAIN: Measured more than 2" of rain on Sunday and had numerous flooded roads across our county and others in the Upper Cumberland. See the preliminary Storm Report listing here. You can view a list of rainfall amounts for Tennessee by going to the CoCoRaHS web site and clicking on Tennessee in the drop-down box.

Weather History for This Date

On January 25, 1937...
The Cumberland River at Clarksville reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 65.6', which is 19.6' above flood stage.

On January 25, 1940...
Following a cold spell lasting several days, the Cumberland River freezes, as the low temperature at Nashville drops to 1 degree.

On January 25, 2002...
Three-day flooding event across Middle Tennessee ends, with flooding reported in 39 of the mid state's 42 counties. Two persons are killed in Cookeville on the 23rd during a rescue attempt. In Bedford County, a couple and their son are killed when their car is swept into Carr Creek during the evening of the 24th. A woman is killed at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Wilson County when she is swept away in a flooded creek. Overall, 6 people are killed, with another 11 injuries. A total of 97 homes are damaged, along with 37 businesses, and at least 34 bridges. Some 40 roads are damaged in Lawrence County alone. There are also numerous school and road closings, and 180 people have to be evacuated from their homes, 46 of them being placed in shelters. Rainfall totals during the three days are topped off by Wartrace, which measures 9.25". Flooding also occurs along many rivers, with the Duck River at Columbia cresting more than 13 feet above flood stage. Damage is estimated at $2 million.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Yesterday's high: 54.4°
Yesterday's low: 49.5°
Normal High: 46°
Record: 74° in 1972
Normal Low: 25°
Record: -14° in 1963
Last Year: ° and°
1.77" of rain fell on this date in 1929
2.0" of snow fell in 1938
5" of snow on the ground in 1940
Average highs for January 2010 are running 5+ degrees below normal.
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