Friday, June 13, 2008

Strong T'storms Expected Overnight; Sparta Storm Report

Today the rains weren't as widespread and the soakers I was hoping for, but some areas in west TN would disagree. There is currently a Severe T'storm Watch out for areas in Western TN and Western KY that includes the cities of Hopkinsville, KY and Paris, TN. We had two Severe T'storm Warnings issued today in the Mid. TN and the first was in Lincoln County, TN (Fayetteville) and the other warning included two TN counties Stewart and Montgomery Counties (Dover and Clarksville). The additional storms look to come in overnight and diminish in power and force, but a couple of storms (expecally in Western Mid. TN) could reach severe limits with frequent lightning and damaging winds being the main threats.

There was one report of wind damage today and it occurred at around 3 this afternoon in White County in the county seat of Sparta. The report said that straight-line winds caused a portion of a factory to collapse. No one was injured and there was not a warning on the cell at the time either, but with these summertime cells, these "microburst", which is when a powerful cell dissipates in strength rapidly, can cause wind gust in the 50-60 mph range with no warning.

Here's the forecasted lows for tonight plus the rain chances too.

Nashville: low 70's; 60% chance
Clarksville: upper 60's; 70% chance
Cookeville: mid 60's; 60% chance
Columbia: upper 60's; 60% chance
Manchester (Bonnaroo people): upper 60's; 50% chance

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