Friday, March 15, 2024

Special Weather Statement (TN)

Looks like this strongest storm in the line is staying under severe limits, but producing some gusty winds and small hail along with a lot of lightning.  

2:28 AM - Even though it's the wee hours of the morning, the air is pretty soupy, dewpoints up in the upper 60's. And we'll see if any of these storms tap into that and the wind shear, which is not a ton, but is sufficient to support a few severe thunderstorms, if all the other ingredients come together at the right time. 

3 AM - Still just seeing gusty winds and heavy rain with parts of this line, and of course a good bit of cloud to ground lightning. The threat of more severe weather is low, but still on a night like this, good to keep an eye on the radar in case anything tries to get out of hand again. For now the storms are behaving. 

3:19 AM - If we do see anything else go severe within this line, it should stay isolated. Even out in Arkansas and Louisiana, they are not going to issue any more watches right now, the chance for severe storms is so low. It sure did get active for a while though earlier in the night, more than expected around here, or at least the timing was a little ahead of schedule. 

3:35 - Nonetheless we have to remain alert for the isolated problems. This storm back in Mississippi has reached severe limits and prompted a warning. 

And it is showing enough broad rotation that the text of the warning advises people in the path (back around Tupelo) to remain alert for a possible tornado that could develop quickly from this severe thunderstorm. 

So the night is not over yet. 

The Storm Prediction Center just posted a mesoscale discussion for us. So I'm going to make a separate post for that. 

Special Weather Statement

National Weather Service Nashville TN

216 AM CDT Fri Mar 15 2024


Lawrence TN-Wayne TN-Lewis TN-Maury TN-Perry TN-

216 AM CDT Fri Mar 15 2024



245 AM CDT...

At 216 AM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along

a line extending from 10 miles north of Waynesboro to 7 miles west of

Collinwood. Movement was east at 30 mph.

HAZARD...Wind gusts up to 40 mph and half inch hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around

         unsecured objects. Minor hail damage to vegetation is


Locations impacted include...

Lawrenceburg, Hohenwald, Waynesboro, Loretto, Collinwood, Summertown,

St. Joseph, Henryville, Westpoint, Iron City, and Lutts.


Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms and may lead

to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded


Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms.

Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe

shelter inside a building or vehicle.


LAT...LON 3500 8764 3507 8798 3554 8779 3558 8723

      3500 8746

TIME...MOT...LOC 0716Z 274DEG 28KT 3547 8774 3514 8787





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