Storms to Sunshine

Severe storms rumbled through Middle Tennessee yesterday.  The action began yesterday afternoon and didn’t stop until late into the night.  When all was done 2 tornadoes had touched down, there were numerous reports of wind damage, large hail and areas of flooding.

Following some early morning showers Thursday morning, the sun came out.  That warmed the atmosphere and made things unstable. The afternoon high reached 76. This really set the stage for the storm to intensify as the storm system approached from the west.  Dew points did not rise much above 60 when the line pushed into the mid state.  If the moisture content in the air would have been higher, the outbreak could have been even worse.

Meteorologist from the National Weather Service have been out surveying today.  They have concluded there were two tornadoes:

EF0     NW Lewis County     1 mile long path     rare clockwise spin (Dan Thomas will have more on this in his blog this evening)

EF1      Eastern Perry County     100-200 trees down


Straight-line wind damage was found in these locations:

Mount Pleasant, W. Maury County     80 mph winds, barn destroyed, dozens of trees down

Southwest Giles County near Minor Hill     70 mph winds estimated

The largest hail reported yesterday was the size of golf balls in Columbia.

A stunning end to the storms for many as the sky was cleaning, rainbows appeared in many spots and folks were snapping.

Rainbow 1

This weekend will be very different. The fantastic spring weather should lure many outside.  You may even see several kites in the sky with mild breezy conditions.   There will be some clouds around tonight and perhaps a few sprinkles mainly south of Nashville, otherwise the rest of the weekend will be dry.  High pressure builds in tomorrow, so expect plenty of sunshine, high 63.

Things could get a little frosty Sunday morning as the high is on top of us and the winds go calm.  The low will drop to 35. You might want to bring in plants or cover them. It warms quickly in the afternoon topping out at 65 degrees. The next chance of rain comes in Monday.

Get prepared with us for the next round of storms to come in.  The 4WARN Weather Team will have Surviving the Storm this Thursday in Gallatin at Vol State.  It’s the 10th anniversary of the Gallatin tornadoes.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa Spencer





About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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