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MM’s Thursday Weather Forecast for February 17

Main Hazards Today

  1. Strong southerly winds that could gust to 45 mph by this afternoon and evening. Be careful if driving high-profile vehicles or if working outside. Try to stay out from under trees. Sporadic power outages are possible.
  2. A fast-moving line of strong to severe storms this evening between 6-9:00 pm. Damaging straight-line winds are the main threat. The tornado threat is really low but not zero (2%).

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Noon Forecast

48-Hour Forecast 

Extended Forecast 

Thursday: Rain & thunderstorms developing, mainly after noon. Some of the rainfall could be heavy and some of the storms could be strong. Strong southerly winds could gust to 45 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny & colder.

Saturday – Sunday: Mostly sunny & warmer.

Monday: Chance showers by afternoon.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely.


MM’s Severe Wx Concerns 

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Cumberland Plateau in the slight risk for severe storms.

This model begins at 2:00 pm, with a line of storms developing along the Mississippi River. This model then runs in one-hour increments to 10:00 pm. While timing could always change by an hour or so, this is generally how we expect radar to look through the day.

NOTE: At this time, next week is looking very wet, with several inches of rain possible.

MM’s Winter Wx Concerns  

On This Day in Wx History 

1956- Two injuries are reported in Lawrence and Giles Counties along a 10-mile F-3 tornado path. A second tornado, an F-2, injures two more in Fentress County, between Jamestown and Allardt, along Highway 52.

Almanac for Yesterday

MM News

The centerpiece of this week’s newsletter features a story about why some folks think February 14th is the real Groundhog day! It’s quite fascinating and my grandfather was actually one who believed this. Find out why in this week’s newsletter!

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A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 pm at the Community Complex. Marvin Bullock from the White County Chamber of Commerce will share his experience with the Bridgestone-Firestone Wilderness area of White County and offer advice on what we can do to have a voice concerning the cutting on Catoosa. Representatives from the TWRA have also been invited.

You all have a great day and keep lookin’ up!

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