Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sunny Thursday, Stormy Friday

We're watching a potential for severe weather to develop on Friday, but first lets look at today's weather. Plenty of sunshine for Thursday with a high in the middle to upper 70's for most of our area. A light south to southeast wind today. Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 50's.

A Special Weather Statement has been issued calling for a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for all of Middle Tennessee on Friday due to a strong cold front. Ahead of the front is when we will see strong southerly winds, atmospheric instability, and moisture increases. The highest potential for severe weather is Friday afternoon and Friday evening for damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes.

Heavy rainfall is expected with this system with around 1" for most of us up to isolated 3" amounts closer to the Alabama/Tennessee border. I would encourage everyone to stay weather aware on Friday!

*Latest Local Forecast*

Weather History for March 14th

  • 1873 - A famous Easter blizzard raged across Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Gale force winds blew the wet snow into massive drifts, however there were few deaths due to the sparse population and due to the gradual increase of the storm. (David Ludlum)
  • 1886 - A devastating tornado, 800 yards in width at times, cut a twenty mile path through Saint Cloud MN killing 74 persons. The bottom of the Mississippi River was said to have been seen during the tornado's crossing. Eleven persons were killed at a wedding party near the town of Rice. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
  • 1987 - A storm system moving slowly northeastward across the Middle Mississippi Valley produced severe thunderstorms which spawned three tornadoes around Ottumwa IA, and produced up to four inches of rain in southeastern Nebraska, flooding rivers and streams. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
  • 1988 - A weather disturbance off the southern coast of California brought parts of southern California their first rain in six weeks. Rain-slickened roads resulted in numerous accidents in southern California, including a ten car pile-up at Riverside. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
  • 1989 - Late afternoon thunderstorms in northern Florida soaked the town of Golden Gate with 4.37 inches of rain in about two hours, resulting in local flooding. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
  • 1990 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in southeastern Texas during the mid morning hours. Thunderstorms produced dime size hail at Galveston, and wind gusts to 59 mph at Port Arthur. Afternoon thunderstorms over southeast Louisiana spawned tornadoes south of Bogalusa and at Rio. (Storm Data)

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