Sunday, May 2, 2010

Strong Storms Likely Today

TORNADO WATCH #131 now includes Putnam County through 11 o'clock this morning. It also includes Clay, Cumberland, Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, and White Counties along the Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau.

Temperatures have risen overnight along with the dew point value. It is muggy this morning and winds have gusted to nearly 30 mph. There is a strong line of storms back to our west that is poised to move through the Cookeville area later today. The forecast map (above) shows we are ground zero for possible flash flooding. I've said this over and over, if water is running over the road, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

I do expect to see a Tornado Watch issued for today across Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland. Very heavy rain along with frequent lightning are other issues we'll have to deal with as we go throughout the day. Overnight, the rains continue, heavy at times, and there are expectations of another 3-5" by Monday. The atmosphere is very unstable with a lot of shear and lift. This is conducive for the development of tornadic activity.

Amazing numbers all across Tennessee. Here in the Cookeville area, 3+ inch reports are very common. We'll see more reports added to the CoCoRaHS map above. You can visit CoCoRaHS and find rainfall reports for your area. I've seen amounts of up to 15" across the Volunteer State from yesterday.

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