Baldwin’s Wx Blog for Sunday, March 15

The Ides of March

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Weather Headlines

A wet workweek ahead

Strong storms and heavy rainfall are possible by the end of the week

Main threats

Rain will be off and on this week and mostly on the light to moderate side. Therefore, no widespread flooding issues are anticipated though Wednesday.

By the end of the week, heavy rainfall and stronger storms will be possible. Monitoring.

Frost and/or light freeze conditions are likely by next weekend. Keep this in mind if you have budding plants.

Summary

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today but we should stay dry. Temps will also be mild.

On Monday, some of us will see a shower in the afternoon and/or evening. Those rain chances should pick up a bit overnight and into Tuesday. This is just one of a series of rain-making disturbances that will be passing through this week.

By Thursday and Friday, a strong cold front will pass through. This could set off heavy rainfall and strong storms. I’ll keep an eye on that.

Temps cool off for next weekend and that will lead to frost and/or freeze conditions across the plateau by Sunday morning. You’ll likely need to protect those budding plants.

Almanac

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Baldwin’s 7-Day forecast

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Sunday Story

With all that has been going on, I didn’t get a chance to write for the paper’s last week. However, I dug up this oldie that I wrote a year or two ago. I sure wish I could say this year’s severe weather season were off to a quiet start.

Remembering a Bad Severe Weather Season

We have been fortunate to have had a rather quiet severe weather season. We have not had a single tornado on the plateau this season, and Tennessee is below average on tornadoes this year, but we have certainly had years when this was not the case.  

The April 3, 1974 tornado outbreak really brought severe weather awareness to the plateau. Before that outbreak, many plateau residents had never seen the destruction that tornadoes are capable of.  

If we go back 85 years, to the spring of 1933, we find another destructive tornado season. That season began on a deadly note when, on March 14, an F-3 tornado moved into downtown Nashville, claiming the lives of 11 people. Oddly, an F-3 tornado in April of 1998 would take nearly the same path. 

Roughly two months after the 1933 Nashville tornado a severe weather outbreak, the likes of which Tennessee had never seen before, struck our state on May 10. The hardest hit area could be found in Overton County. 

During the late evening of May 10, a half-mile wide, violent F-4 tornado touched down just east of Livingston. The twister completely destroyed everything in its 20-mile long path. The Beatty Swamps community was completely obliterated, with every home in the community destroyed and virtually every resident either killed or injured. The 35 lives lost there make this the second deadliest tornado in Tennessee history. 

As with any violent tornado, there are oddities that can’t be explained. A piece of linoleum was found perfectly inserted into a tree. In another instance a piece of straw was found driven straight into a tree.

We are grateful that today’s technology, communication, and advances in the field of meteorology keep us so much safer. Let’s all do our part to get through the 2018 severe weather season safe and sound.

You all have a great day!

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