(April 16, 1998 Tornado Damage at Hermitage in Nashville)
FRIDAY SUNSHINE: Expect highs around 80° today in the Cookeville area. Rain enters our picture overnight with the possibility of thunderstorms. Severe weather is unlikely as is heavy rain. We'll see highs 'only' in the 60's through the middle of next week. Quite a change from the recent 80's
APRIL'S WARM START: Amazing warm start to April. We've seen highs hit 87° on April 5th and lows drop to 34.5° on April 10th. Our average temperatures (mean temperature...which equals the average of the high and low) are running almost 10° above normal. No complaints out of most of us after a winter which saw temperatures run much below normal.
Weather History for This Date
- April 16th, 1921 - 5 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee with 4 people killed and 41 injured
- April 16th, 1998 - The first recorded F5 in Tennessee's history in Lawrence County. Nashville is hit by 3 tornadoes, including an F3 that strikes the downtown. The cranes working on the new Tennessee Titans stadium are knocked down. NewsChannel 5 has a scary, front row seat as the tornado passes very close to their studios. There are just 4 fatalities across Middle TN along with 105 injuries. This is the 10th largest tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee history.
- PHOTO SEQUENCE and STORY OF NASHVILLE TORNADO
- VIDEO FROM APRIL 16th
- VIDEO #2 FROM APRIL 16th
- VIDEO #3 FROM APRIL 16th
- VIDEO #4 FROM APRIL 16th - The forgotten F5 in Lawrence County
Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Yesterday's high: 86°
Yesterday's low: 57°
Normal High: 69°
Record: 90° in 1896
Normal Low: 42°
Record: 27° in 1943
Last Year: 53° and 44°
1.30" of rain fell on this date in 1969
Our average daily highs are currently the warmest April ever through 15 days
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