A spring-like forecast

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Main threats

THURSDAY: HEAVY RAINFALL & STRONG STORMS

Summary

We’ll see clouds streaming by today but that sun will come through from time to time. It will be a dry day, with mild temps. In fact, temps over the next seven days don’t look too bad at all! We’ll see some cooler air behind this next storm system, but it’s nothing we wouldn’t expect in March.

We’ll see increasing cloud cover for our Wednesday, as our next big storm system gets cranked up over the southern Plains. This is a very powerful storm and it will send lots of rain our way. We’ll have to be mindful of some storms that will make their way here on Thursday. Some of those could be on the stronger side. The main threat for severe weather should stay to well to the west of the plateau.

We’ll see some showers hanging around for Friday before we break out into mostly sunny skies for the weekend! That will be quite nice!

Below is the localized outlook for severe weather, issued by the Storm Prediction Center. The plateau is barely in the MARGINAL risk, while the SLIGHT risk is southwest of Nashville. Still, this outlook will be modified between now and Thursday, so I’ll keep an eye on any changes made to this map. Storms will be moving northeast.

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Records

It was a wild day in Nashville on this day in 1855! Residents described the storm as a “terrible tornado, accompanied by hail and rain” that swept through downtown Nashville. The State Capital was unroofed and the First Presbyterian Church was heavily damaged. Numerous other buildings suffered varying degrees of damage.

Downtown Nashville is no stranger to tornadoes. The city is one of only a handful in the country to have been impacted in the downtown area by a significant tornado (F-3, April 16, 1998).

Speaking of tornadoes….

In 2006, a young man named Mat Suter was living with his grandma and uncle while he attended college near Fordland, Missouri. They lived in a trailer in Tornado Alley and it was tornado season. During the night, Matt was watching TV when he heard the sound of jet planes flying closer and closer. Only, it wasn’t jet planes; it was a tornado.

Matt last remembers looking over at his grandmother, sitting at the kitchen table and praying. Then, the walls of the trailer started “breathing” in and out. Suddenly, the mobile home was obliterated, knocking Suter unconscious and throwing him into the night. His grandmother said she looked up to see Suter flying straight up into the air. She said he just disappeared into the darkness.

According to GPS, Suter traveled 1,307 feet. During this journey, he was launched over a barbed wire fence at speeds that couldn’t be determined. He is eventually set down on soft grass in an open field. The only injury he had was a bump to the head, apparently from a lamp. A piece of paper he had been taking notes on had landed gently beside him (weird, huh?).

At that time, the Guinness World Book of records declared that the furthest distance survived in a tornado was by 19 year old Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri. He was featured on numerous national news outlets and hailed as a miracle survivor.

As for Matt’s grandmother and uncle…both had very serious injuries but both eventually made full recoveries. Oddly, Matt’s grandmother only traveled a few feet and ended up with a mattress on top of her, which probably helped protect her from falling debris.

Almanac

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Record high: 78 (1990)

Record low: 10 (1969)

Today’s sunset: 6:45

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:52

Today’s day length: 11 hrs 51 mins 18 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 11 hrs 53 mins 36 secs

One year ago today

Data not available for today

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: Waxing Crescent, 30% illumination

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News

Yesterday, NASA announced that the Federal government has increased spending for NASA rather substantially. The race to get back to the Moon is on! NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said we may go back to the Moon as soon as the end of this year, and for sure by 2020.

I’ll have MUCH more on this later!

You all have a great day!

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