Strong thunderstorms moving across Middle Tennessee producing quite a lightning show and some small hail. This line developed in southern Kentucky and blossomed as it hit the warm moist airmass. There have been several reports of small hail. For a time while the storms were near the airport, the planes were in a holding pattern.
This was the first day of Spring, so I guess you could say thunderstorms were appropriate. The sun was shining brightly today and with a south breeze the high soared to the mid 80s. Nashville tied the old record of 84 degrees.A rather interesting contrast when you look back on this day in 1968 when there was a rare late season snow of 8.2″
Storms tonight are weakening and moving out but there is another round tomorrow. A 4WARN Alert has been issued for the likelihood that some of those storms could be strong to severe. The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas north of I-40 under a “slight risk” for severe that is 2 on a 1-5 scale. Areas north of I-40 are in a “marginal risk” zone, a 1 on a 1-5 scale. The greatest threat is large hail and damaging wind is a lower possibility.
The latest timing shows the storms taking a path similar to the slight risk area. Even though this may not look that impressive…earlier model runs showed more and the next run may as well.
Cooler air moves in behind the front, so Wednesday expect some morning showers then afternoon clearing with highs in the upper 50. Thursday and Friday will be dry too with temperatures rebounding somewhat.
After the warm winter we had many people ask me if that means we will have a hot spring and scorching summer. The answer is no, not necessarily. There is no correlation between the two. With that said the Climate Prediction Center is projecting above average temperatures and rainfall for the spring.
I’ll have an update on Channel 4 News at 10pm.