Showers are knocking at our door this morning, folks. Widespread rain will overtake the area soon, and that rain will stick around right on through our Saturday. The cold front responsible for this rain is just now moving through Kentucky. Once it crosses the plateau early this afternoon, our temps will start to slowly drop and winds will pick up again. We are currently 63 degrees here at weatherTAP but we will be around 40 by sunset. Temps will hover in the mid to upper 30s tonight with cold rain showers lingering. With clouds and rain showers, temps Saturday will struggle to reach 45 degrees. But, a nicer day is in store for us on Sunday! We’ll see some sun and temps will be able to warm into the mid 50s. If we can get more sunshine during the afternoon, we’ll get to 60. Our next big rain maker will then move in Sunday night and Monday with more widespread rain and possible heavy downpours. Showers stick around for Tuesday, but the warmer air does too. If we can get some sun on Tuesday, we could get into the mid 70s.
Current radar at 8:30. All activity is moving east. The cold just moved through Nashville.
Today’s cold front will usher in a very damp, cold airmass that will remind you that it’s still February. Next week will remind you of May! It looks like the milder air is going to stick around a while after it gets settled in here next week. Models hint at another big cold front coming in here the first week of March, but that’s too far out for them to be reliable on timing and strength.
I should note that we have a very warm and moist air mass coming in for early next week. That can be a very concerning thing when it comes to flooding this time of year. There will be a cold front coming through the middle of next week. Meanwhile, a very warm and moist surge of air will be moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. Where the cold front meets that moist axis is where significant flooding will occur. Right now, that collision looks to be just to our north across Kentucky and Ohio on Wednesday. I’ll keep an eye on that.
As for severe weather, models aren’t really screaming anything for next week. The Storm Prediction Center, like the rest of us, has just said that they’re keeping an eye on it and that they may highlight areas of severe t-storm concern as we get closer to Monday. It looks more and more like a flooding scenario to me, but anything can change with the next set of guidance that comes in. We’re in that time of year when we have to start being leery of severe weather, whether it be flooding or severe t-storms (or both!).
Speaking of severe weather, I was looking through the records for Tennessee for today and saw where, on this day in 1999, lightning struck the dispatch center in Coffee County (near the TN/AL border) and knocked out 911 calls for an hour! For an hour, no one could call police, an ambulance, or a fire truck. Calls eventually had to be routed through the county jail. And on this day in 1952, an F-2 tornado touches down between Jamestown and Allardt and injures two people along highway 52. I call this the little tornado alley of Fentress County. I see so many tornadoes hit that area!
And then, something bizarre happened in Fentress County on this day in 1928. I, of course, wrote a little article about it. I hope you enjoy it.
You all have a great day and stay dry! Hopefully I can get out and finally put up some campaign signs Sunday afternoon! That reminds me, I’ll not mention it much here since this is my weather blog, but I’m now officially a candidate to run for county commissioner for the 7th district! I’m so very excited about this opportunity and anxious to see how this adventure goes! The support has been amazing and it would be an honor to serve the 7th district.
And now, the story…..
A Peculiar Storm Story
Spring is upon us and that means springtime storms will be upon us soon, as well. We’re certainly no strangers to severe weather on the Cumberland Plateau.
Sometimes the severe weather season sneaks upon us a little early and we end up getting severe weather in the winter time. These storms can be especially dangerous because they tend to be moving really fast with the jet stream. Plus, people aren’t looking for severe weather in the winter like they would be in the warmer spring and summer months.
I was looking through some weather records and stumbled upon one that took place in Fentress County on February 16, 1928, exactly 90 years ago today. Although it was still winter, a terrible thunderstorm had moved through the county and folks had ventured out to see the extent of the damage.
The details are a bit sketchy, but residents must have noticed damage near the Albertstown cemetery, located on highway 52. They noticed a tall pine tree had been uprooted in the cemetary and they walked closer to investigate the damage.
They were shocked to see a pair of children’s shoes embedded in the roots of the uprooted pine tree! It turns out that the shoes belonged to a child of Dan Richard’s that had been buried near this pine tree some 40 years earlier. There was no trace of a casket, nor of any apparel. All they ever found were the shoes, and they were described as, “well preserved.”
Severe weather can lead to all sorts of bizarre stories. Let’s hope our severe weather season is calm around here this year and that the only tales we’ll be telling are ones of nice, springtime sunshine.