Highs will run nearly 15 degrees above normal during the next few days across much of middle Tennessee. Most of us will stay dry, but there is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. We'll hit 88° plus today and again on Wednesday and Thursday. Shower chances increase for both Thursday and Friday. Expect cooler weather this weekend with highs mainly in the 70's.
*Latest Local Forecast*
Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Our morning low: 64.2°
Yesterday's high: 86.0°
Yesterday's low: 61.0°
Last Year: 63° and 41°
Normal High: 75°
Normal Low: 50°
Records: 91° in 1936 and 32° in 1966
24-hour precip total:
1.70" of rain fell on this date in 1945
MAJOR MISSISSIPPI FLOODING AT MEMPHIS:
The historic Memphis flood is causing all sorts of challenges over in West Tennessee. To give you perspective, the Mississippi hit 47.8 feet and is the first time above 41 feet since the Great Flood of 1937 which set a record at 48.7 feet. Here is just one photo from my friend Erik, who runs MemphisWeather.net ...he also has a series of photos and a post from yesterday.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: (from 1864)
In Middle Tennessee, The Nashville Dispatch reports on May 12 "The storm of wind and rain which visited our city on Tuesday [10th] evening, we learn, has been particularly destructive in the vicinity of Nashville for miles around. In the region of country skirting the Nolensville Pike, the storm which amounted to a perfect hurricane, in its course uprooted trees, tore down fences, and tumbled over houses to an alarming extent, carrying in its track devastation and ruin to many small farmers and their families, and in some cases loss of life as well as property.
Rev. John Rains, living about three miles from the city, near the Nolensville Pike, had his home utterly stripped and ruined - carriagehouse, stable, smoke-house, servants' house, and fencing were entirely destroyed, and his dwelling house is nearly so. Mr. Woodward, in the same vicinity, had his dwelling-house literally torn to pieces, and his wife seriously, if not fatally injured, besides three children badly hurt; the hand of the eldest was so badly crushed as to require amputation of the thumb. Nast. F. Dortch, Mr. McConnico, Mr. Harper, Mr. Lucus, Dr. Whitsitt, and others in the same locality, suffered considerably. Mrs. Aaron V. Brown had a large lot of beautiful timber land destroyed. Mr. John Hooper sustained considerable damage, his barn and fencing being destroyed.
In the vicinity of the Hermitage, we learn, a large amount of valuable timber, dwelling houses, etc. were destroyed. Tim. Dodson had his barn, cut house, and fences utterly wrecked. A brick house, on Mill Creek, the property of P. Vickers, is in ruins.
The storm traversed a large extent of country Wilson county, doing great damage to fences and out houses. Altogether, from what we hear, this is one of the most disastrous hurricanes that has visited Tennessee for many years."
Here is your weather history across America:
- 1905 - 87 killed in Snyder OK tornado. The tornado's roar could be heard 12 miles away. Total path length 40 miles.
- 1906 - Washington DC records their latest snowfall of record.
- 1931 - Golfball sized hail causes $300,000 in damage in Burlington Co, NJ.
- 1943 - Late season New England snow. Up to 36 inches fell in New Hampshire.
- 1945 - Rare late season coastal storm dumps 7 inches of snow on Portland, Maine.
- 1966 - Record cold in Illinois. 21 at Bloomington-Normal and Aurora set the state record low temperature for May.
- 1977 - A heavy snowstorm dumped 20 inches of snow on Norwalk CT with 12 inches in parts of MA and RI.
- 1983 - Near blizzard conditions in Montana. 3 feet of snow fell in the mountains.
- 1987 - 14.5 inches of rain at Lillian AL. 12.8 inches at nearby Perdido Key, FL.
- 1988 - F3 tornado at Middleboro KY caused $22 million in damage.
- 1991 - Shreveport LA eclipses their annual average rainfall for the year on this date in 1991. 45 inches of rain had fallen by this date. The normal for an average year is only 43.84 inches. Obviously the earliest date that the average annual rainfall total had been surpassed.
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