Sunday, April 3, 2011

Anniversary of April 3, 1974 Tornado Outbreak

More on that outbreak below. First, a very windy day ahead for your Sunday (Wind Advisory in effect...see below) with warmer temperatures ahead of a strong cold front that will produce showers and thunderstorms on Monday. We'll see a high of 75° on Sunday with gusty winds from 15 to 20 mph up to 40 mph! Be careful on area lakes.

From the National Weather Service...

Warning Description: Wind Advisory
Warning Date: 3:40 am CDT on April 3, 2011
Warning Summary:...
Wind Advisory Remains In Effect From Noon Today To 7 pm cdt
this evening...

Warning Message:
* geographic area: all of middle Tennessee.
* Timing: noon to 7 PM Sunday.
* Winds: sustained 15 to 25 mph...with gusts to 40 mph.
* Impacts: choppy waters will develop on area lakes. High
  profile vehicles will be hard to control. Small limbs may be
  blown down. Loose objects...such as lawn furniture...may be
  blown around.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 25 to 39 mph and/or gusts of
35 to 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving
difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra

*Latest Local Forecast*

Today is the 37th anniversary of the Super Outbreak of Tornadoes from 1974. There are several websites dedicated to one of the most destructive days in weather in American History. 315 people died, including 47 in Tennessee, and 10 right here in Putnam County. Here is the text of a report: "Between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. CDT, 9 persons were killed and I died of a heart attack as a tornado (82) swept through Putnam County southeast of Cookeville;"

April 3, 1974
Super Outbreak - Wikipedia
NOAA and '74 Outbreak - Worst in U.S. history
Tennessee outbreak - 1974
Alabama outbreak - 1974
Xenia, Ohio 
Eyewitness Report from Bobby Boyd with NWS-Nashville
Facebook Page on Super Outbreak

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Our morning low: 37.2°
Yesterday's high: 63.0°
Yesterday's low: 39.2°
24-hour precip total: 0.00
Winds gusted to 25 mph

Last Year: 86° and 58°
0.00" of rainfall

Normal High: 65°
Normal Low: 40°

Records: 86° in 2010 and 21° in 1992

1.75" of rain fell on this date in 2009

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