Cool temperatures are the rule as our holiday weekend gets underway. The great news is the cool, cloudy weather will not last! Look for a chance of drizzle this morning with skies gradually becoming sunny later this afternoon with a high of 74° in Cookeville. Tonight, partly cloudy and cool, low 55°.
For Saturday, warmer and sunny, high 85°...clear Saturday night, low 65°. On Sunday, sunny once again and even warmer with a high of 89°. For Memorial Day, expect highs of 89° under a sunny sky!
Link of the day: HISTORIC TORNADO OUTBREAK ACROSS EAST TN AND SW VIRGINIA - 4/27/2011
Cookeville's Daily Almanac
This morning's low:
24-hour precip total:
86.1° and 59.6°
93° in 1916 and 34° in 1961
2.50" of rain fell on this date in 1989
TODAY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE WEATHER HISTORY
On May 27, 1973...
Crossville measures 6.29" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day rainfall ever.
On May 27, 1991...
Cheatham Lock & Dam measures its greatest one-day rainfall, with 5.85".
On May 27, 2000...
F3 tornado hits Houston County, moving through Tennessee Ridge and Erin. Damages are estimated at $1.3 million. Roofs and walls of some well constructed homes are torn off. Many trees are snapped and blown down along with power lines. The Betty Ligon Pavillion in Erin is flattened. Fifty people require shelter at Erin. A storage trailer is moved 50 feet at Tennessee Ridge. Fortunately, there are no injuries or fatalities.
WEATHER HISTORY AROUND AMERICA
1896 - The Great St. Louis Tornado occurred on this date. 137 people died in St. Louis and another 118 in East St. Louis, Illinois. It was the third most deadly tornado in U.S. history. 18 total tornadoes occurred this day, killing a total of 306 people. Even though the tornado's path was short, it cut across a heavily populated area. The storm was as wide as one mile reportedly when it crossed into East St. Louis MO. The storm was accompanied by incredible lightning.
1931 - The Empire Builder passenger train was struck by an F3 tornado near Moorhead MN. 5 coaches were derailed and one was blown 80 feet. 57 passengers were injured and one killed.
1917 - 67 killed, 345 injured in a tornado that tracked across parts of Tennessee and Kentucky.
1973 - Large F4 tornado cut a 135-mile path across central Alabama. Hardest hit was the town of Brent, AL where 5 people perished and 90 percent of the town was demolished. 7 people died along the path of the twister. Cancelled checks from Greensboro AL were found at Gadsden AL, over 100 miles away. Another killer tornado struck Centerpoint on the northeast side of Birmingham, killing one man.
1990 - High winds injured 27 at an outdoor concert in Baton Rouge, LA as severe thunderstorms raked Louisiana. Winds of up to 78 mph swept the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway in New Orleans.
1992 - San Antonio TX had already received its normal annual rainfall by this date in 1992. 29.28 inches had fallen since January, surpassing the average of 29.13 inches.
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