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MM’s Sunday Weather Forecast for April 3

Special Note

Today we remember all the lives lost and forever changed by the weather on this day in 1974. April 3, 1974 is the date of the worst tornado outbreak to ever strike our region.

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Noon Forecast

48-Hour Forecast 

Extended Forecast 

Sunday: Mostly sunny.

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely by afternoon.

Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and windy.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Temperatures falling. Rain showers may turn to snow showers by sunset.

MM’s Severe Wx Concerns for the Week 

Showers and thundershowers are expected areawide Tuesday afternoon and evening. At this time, severe storms are not expected across Cumberland or Fentress Counties. However, there could be a threat along and south of a line from Fall Creek Falls to Pikeville. Since that is so close, and the NWS Nashville mentioned that area in their discussion, I have to give our area a non-zero chance for a severe storm. The Storm Prediction Center does not have our area outlined in any risk for that day at this time.

The Storm Prediction Center has now highlighted our entire area in the risk for severe storms on Wednesday. All modes of severe weather appear possible. I’ll keep a close eye on this.

On This Day in Wx History 

1974- Super Outbreak, perhaps the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history, produces 148 tornadoes — with 24 confirmed tornadoes across Middle Tennessee (likely more), killing 54, and injuring another 655! Lincoln County is particularly hard-hit, as an F-4 kills 22 and injures another 250. This is the 5th deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee. Three-inch hail is reported in Marshall County. This is the largest tornado outbreak in mid state history. The Cumberland Plateau was especially hard-hit as well, including an F-4 that roared through Jamestown. (FYI, this is the topic of this coming week’s MM newsletter. If you enjoy weather history like this you might consider subscribing to that newsletter at

Almanac for Yesterday 

Today’s Fire Weather Map 

Fire weather season for Tennessee is October 15 through May 15. Today’s highest fire danger can be found across the Plains.

Drought Data

The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is each Tuesday at 7 a.m. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are then released to the public each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. For much more drought info, please follow my link to

MM News

The next MM kids class will be Thursday, April 14 at 4:30 at TCAT. The class topic will be lightning! Class is capped at 15 students. Be sure to register for the class at

Beginning in May, the kids classes will be the third Wednesday night of each month at 4:00. This is weather-permitting, of course. I’ll make registration forms available for those classes. I’ll also start offering certificates for kids who attend a certain number of classes! I’ll be graduating junior meteorologists in no time!  How fun would that be!


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