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MM’s Thursday Weather Forecast for May 5

For the possibility of strong storms


I’ll do a special update this evening to update you on how things look for tonight and tomorrow.

On This Day

1999- Severe weather outbreak produces widespread wind damage (at least $4.7 million) across Middle Tennessee. Linden is hit by an F-4 tornado, killing three. FAA wind equipment at Nashville International Airport clocks a 99 mph wind gust. Seventy planes are damaged, and two hangars are destroyed. Debris and jet fuel are scattered across the runway, closing the airport for several hours. A total of six tornadoes strike the mid state.

2003- Two waves of severe weather drop a total of 14 twisters across Middle Tennessee during the late evening of May 4 into the early morning of May 5, then again from late morning through early afternoon on May 5. One person is injured in Montgomery County by an F-3 tornado, and two people are injured by another F-3 tornado in Lincoln County. Baseball-size hail is reported in Lutts (Wayne County). In addition, widespread flash flooding occurs as a result of excessive rainfall. Nashville measures 4.63″ of rain. This is also the 7th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.

1260 – Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.

This Week’s Hazards

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Extended Forecast

Thursday: A chance for showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon or evening, becoming likely overnight.

Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms could be strong to severe. Windy, with gusts to 20 mph.

Saturday: Scattered showers and cooler.

Sunday – Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warming up.

Radar Simulation

This simulation begins at 3:00 this afternoon and ends at 10:00 pm tonight. Notice the trend for isolated storms around Nashville this afternoon. Those could be very severe for them. For us, storms weaken as they approach around the 8:00-midnight timeframe. I’ll be watching those.

MM’s Severe Wx Concerns 

There is the possibility that my concern will increase for Friday. That depends on how rain and storms affect our environment ahead of Friday’s cold front. Those clouds and showers may help stabilize things, but that is certainly not clear. I’ll keep you posted.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region in the MARGINAL RISK for severe storms for tonight and the SLIGHT RISK for severe storms for Friday.

After Friday’s storms, the severe weather risk ends for several days.

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MercuryThu 6:35 amThu 9:06 pmThu 1:51 pmDifficult to see
VenusThu 3:58 amThu 4:04 pmThu 10:01 amGood visibility
MarsThu 3:13 amThu 2:37 pmThu 8:55 amAverage visibility
JupiterThu 3:46 amThu 3:42 pmThu 9:44 amFairly good visibility
SaturnThu 2:15 amThu 12:54 pmThu 7:35 amAverage visibility
UranusThu 5:45 amThu 7:25 pmThu 12:35 pmVery close to Sun, not visible
NeptuneThu 3:35 amThu 3:21 pmThu 9:28 amVery difficult to see

MM News & Creative Compassion

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