Severe Weather Awareness Day -5

As expected the clouds were slow to move out today and a chill remained in the air.  It will be cold tonight too in the mid 30s.  But a warm up is coming, by afternoon highs will be in the 60s.  This warm air will stick around through next week.  It will feel like spring has sprung.


Aside from pleasant temperatures, spring is severe weather season in Middle Tennessee. So I am wrapping up Severe Weather Awareness Week with the subject of “being in the know”.  Watches, warning and alerts can be issued but if you don’t know about them, you can’t be prepared.

In  the age of communications there are numerous ways to find out about severe weather from television, outdoor sirens, commuters, smart phones, social media to the seemingly old fashioned weather radios.

You can definitely depend on Channel 4 on television, on-line and on your mobile devices. For instant alerts download our free apps on your smart phone and pads. Make sure you turn on notifications.For more information click here.

Follow us on twitter, we’ll tweet warnings and information. @WSMV @WSMVweather @WSMVLisa Spencer @PaulHeggenWSMV @WSMVDanThomas

Like us on facebook, but keep in mind facebook is not a good way to get timely information because of facebook filters.

At, you can sign up for alerts to come to your computer. click here.

Many cities and communities have outdoor tornado sirens.  Just remember those are designed for outside notification, not inside.  So I suggest you have your own personal tornado siren, a NOAA Weather Radio.

LS Weather Radio with Dorothy

It may sound old fashioned but the obnoxious alarm will wake you when severe weather approaches while you are asleep.They also can keep you alerted when cell service is jammed and that can happen when there is an emergency like severe weather.

NOAA Weather Radios are easy to find.  Many grocery stores, drug stores and electronic stores carry the radios.  They are affordable too.  You can get a good one for about $30.  The most important thing to look for is S.A.M.E. technology.  This means you can program it to only sound for your county and the counties around you.  You will need your county code to program the radio find it here.  If you are out and about this weekend, I recommend you pick up one.  They are worth the money.

Enjoy the warmer temperatures.  Happy weekend!

Lisa Spencer 🙂

posted 4:50pm


About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
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