Flooding, Landspouts, Heat and Rio!!!

Wow, what a day, from funnel clouds, to flooded roads to soaring heat to Olympic fun. Let’s talk about it. An upper level low and moisture in the mid levels of the atmosphere helped trigger showers and thunderstorms today. They were rather tame at first but about 5pm calls started coming in about a funnel cloud spotted.  Viewers were saying sirens were sounding, but there were no warnings.

Well here’s what happened… A funnel cloud was visible from Springfield to Greenbrier to Coopertown. This funnel shaped cloud folks saw is technically known as a landspout. It isn’t uncommon to see them form along outflow boundaries. There was an outflow boundary moving through Robertson County at that time. These landspouts do not typically touch down. The National Weather Service did not issue a warning because landspouts look really ominous but they are not considered a threat. There were no reports of a touchdown or damage with this storm.

Storms continued along the outflow boundary one of those intensified enough that a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Central Rutherford County. I just got a report that a roof was blown off a barn near Walterhill.  The storm was also dumping quite a bit of rain, so much so that there was some flash flooding. It’s now been canceled.

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By: Rangy Grogan

Tomorrow should be a drier day. with just a few pop up thunderstorms.  It will be hotter though with a high near 95.  The weekend will be 50/50.  Saturday expect more showers and thunderstorms. Sunday will be drier with just isolated thunderstorms.


The most likely time for the Saturday storms will be in the afternoon.  Here’s what Futurecast is showing.

Now let’s talk Rio.  While it’s summer here. It’s winter there, but their winters are nothing like our winters. The weather is very mild this time of year. They are two hours ahead of us. As of this writing, it’s 66 degrees there.


The average high for this time of year is 78 degrees, while the average low is 66. Brazil is about the same physical size as the contiguous United States. Most of Brazil has a tropical climate, but some of the southern part of the country is subtropical. I’ll be sharing more about Rio and Brazil in my next few daily blogs.


I’ll have an update on our weather tonight on Channel 4 News at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

posted 9:30pm




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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