Snow in the middle of April…

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SUMMARY

When I posted a wintry mix on this 5 day outlook last week, I thought, “Surely it won’t snow in the middle of April?” But, sure enough, here we are on April 16th with snow both falling and sticking to the grass, rooftops, cars, etc. I took a lot of pics at home this morning and they’re included below.

For the rest of the day, temps will stay in the 30s and these snow showers will try to change to rain showers by afternoon. It’s going to be quite the wintry day, so if you were missing winter, today is your paradise! For those of you who are ready for spring, just wait one more day and you’ll have your wish. In fact, the warmer weather looks to stick around a while after we get through this mid-April wintry day today.

On Wednesday we have a weak cold front coming through that will bring a shower or two but it will also bring a bit of a cool shot of air. That could lead to a frosty morning on Friday. Our next cold front looks to arrive on Sunday, so we have several days in a row to dry out from this weekend’s rains.

DISCUSSION

This past weekend’s rains added up to around 3″ for the plateau. Some folks had upwards of 3.5″, while others had about 2.5″. It was a good soaking rain, so we didn’t have many issues with flooding. That would have been a different story if that rainfall hadn’t been spread out over a couple days time. The showers that moved in on us Saturday kept us from getting a severe weather outbreak Saturday evening, so we can be thankful for those stabilizing showers, for sure. Those showers didn’t bode well for outdoor plans, but at least we didn’t have to worry about life-threatening storms that evening.

The rest of our work week looks pretty good. We’ll warm up quickly on Tuesday and that warmer weather will stick with us through Wednesday. By Wednesday evening we’ll see another cool front move in. We may squeeze out a shower or two but rainfall amounts will be very light. The cool shot of air behind it will keep us cooler for Thursday, which will likely lead to a frosty start to our day on Friday.

Right now, Saturday looks warm and dry, but we have another system moving in as early as Saturday night. So, it’s a close call, but maybe we can at least get a nice Saturday in here for a change.

Folks, twenty years ago our weather was about as different from today as you can possibly get. Seriously. I’m not sure how much different we could have gotten this day from April 16, 1998. That morning started out stormy, with severe weather hitting various parts of Middle TN. The severe weather would continue through the day, getting worse as the day went along. In an 18-hour time period, The NWS Nashville issued 200 severe weather warnings, with 106 of those being tornado warnings. And that’s just for Middle Tennessee! Nearly two dozen supercells (storms with strong rotation) would cross the NWS Nashville’s radar that day. The Nashville metro area was hit by three of those supercells, one of which produced an F-3 in Downtown Nashville.

Incidentally, the supercell that produced the Nashville tornado crossed all of Middle Tennessee and was still producing tornadoes when it dropped another F-3 on the little town of Byrdstown in Pickett County. They’ve yet to see anything even close to this since.

To the north of Nashville, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a supercell crossed over that town and dropped baseball and softball-sized hail. The damage was enormous, especially to the car dealerships the hailstorm seemed to target.  When I studied meteorology at Western Kentucky Univ in Bowling Green, the subject of this event came up every spring. Those folks will never forget that storm!

But something truly historic happened on this day in Tennessee. While all the media attention was on the destruction in Downtown Nashville, yet another supercell was raging in southern Middle Tennessee. A large, violent wedge tornado was spotted on the ground and would fall into a category that less than 1% of all tornadoes fall into…..the category of being an F-5. This would be the only known F-5 to ever strike the state of Tennessee (at least recorded). Thankfully, the tornado stayed over mostly rural farmland. At times, the tornado removed up to 2 feet of dirt in fields, leaving them looking plowed up.  Trees were debarked and a one-ton pick-up truck was thrown over 300 feet through the air.

Thankfully, weather like this is rare for our state. We have to think that warnings, etc are what kept our fatalities so low in this outbreak, as well as with outbreaks since. A Vanderbilt student was the only fatality in Nashville’s tornado. He was running in Centennial Park when a tree fell on him. His mother sued the school but all she wanted was a siren warning system placed in the park and on campus. The school and city gladly conceded to that.

This was truly a historic event and one that I, like so many others, will never forget.

And that was 20 years ago this snowy April morning! I tell you what, you really never know what you’re going to get around here this time of year! Here are some of my pics. I was very excited and took a lot of pics! 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Incidentally, Facebook reminded me that I took the picture on the left one year ago today. Pepper and I never imagined that one year later there would be snow here. ha

 

Is it a good or bad sign when you can’t plow the garden because of snow? haha At least we got it started!

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Bella usually takes a running shoot at this point and goes and jumps in the pond. She didn’t this morning.

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Remember that awesome peach blossom pic I took a while back? This is that same limb today.

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The bush below is called Snow on the Mountain. Ironic….

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Incidentally, the field below is the site of my future home.

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