A beautiful weekend and a glance back on the tornadoes of 2018

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Main Threats

No major threats in sight.

Summary

Look for an absolutely beautiful weekend. Spring-like temperatures and NO RAIN! You just can’t beat that around here these days! I expect these morning breezes to relax as we go through the day.

Our next system will move in on Monday with a chance of light rain. That system will begin a gradual series of changes that should snap us back into winter by the end of next week.

But, for now, enjoy the nice weather of this weekend!

Records

It was on this day in 1924 that Nashville recorded their highest barometric pressure on record. That pressure topped out at 30.97 inches of mercury.

On this day in 1960 we were all shoveling snow on the plateau! Crossville officially recorded eight inches of snow, while Nashville recorded 7.3 inches.

On this day in 1988 the Lower Great Lakes Region was pummeled with extremely heavy snowfall. The snow was so intense that there were numerous reports of thundersnow. At the peak of the storm, snow was falling at a rate of five inches an hour, along with thunder and lightning. Some locations ended up with over 60 inches of snow! That’s five feet!

Almanac

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Record high: 65 (1997)

Record low: -6 (1959)

Sunrise: 6:50

Sunset: 4:40

Day Length: 9 hrs 49 mins 45 secs

Tomorrow’s Day Length: 9 hrs 50 mins 37 secs

One year Ago Today

The cold continued one year ago today. The high temperature only reached 20 degrees, after a morning low of six! No precipitation fell, though skies were cloudy all day. Winds were calm, with only a 14 mph gust recorded around noon.

News

One thing is for sure….we had a LOT of rain last year. As I’ve reported, it was the wettest year on record. Perhaps it was all those cloudy rain days that kept us a bit too stable for severe weather? Whatever the reason, 2018 will go down as one of the most tornadically inactive years of all time. Nationwide, we had the lowest tornado fatality county EVER. We also had absolutely no EF-4s or EF-5s, which goes a long way in explaining that low nationwide fatality count.

Here in Middle Tn we had an average year for tornadoes, with 17 tornado touchdowns across our area. Most of those touchdowns occurred with two events–one on February 24th and the other November 5-6. Oddly, we had no tornadoes in Middle TN in April or May, traditionally our most active months for severe weather.

Tennessee experienced one death from tornadoes in 2018. That was a gentleman in Rutherford County (Murfreesboro) on November 6th.

The intensity of the tornadoes were as follows:

EF0= 6

EF1= 8

EF2= 3

There were no EF4s or 5s.

Middle TN had four tornadoes on February 24. We had only one tornado on March 19, June 28, Sept. 24, and Sept. 25. A total of nine tornadoes hit on Nov. 5-6.

Let’s hope 2019 is just as quiet as 2018 (or even quieter) when it comes to tornadoes!

Speaking of tornadoes…

The first tornado of the new year touched down in Alabama yesterday. It was only on the ground for 0.15 miles and was just a few yards wide. The winds were estimated at 85 mph. Some damage to trees was all that was noted. Let’s hope all the tornadoes of 2019 are so benign!

You all have a great Saturday!

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