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Author Topic: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988  (Read 1310 times)

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Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:03:19 PM »
Just came across this, of historical interest... old coverage with Ron Howes at the helm at WTVF (Channel 5) from Nashville of the Christmas Eve tornado of 88, which I believe produced F4 damage in Franklin and Brentwood.

The area around Cool Springs was mostly still farm land back in those days, or this would have been much worse.

https://youtu.be/SpuZ6lgGMuY

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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 08:05:50 AM »
Pretty neat.  Still living in Clarksville at the time, but vaguely remember this.  But that radar, tho...  ::wow:: ::wow:: ::wow:: ::wow::
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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 08:41:03 AM »
I don't remember that severe weather event in particular, but I remember the weather pattern around then only because Kentucky was in an exceptional drought in '88 that ended that autumn with the passage of Hurricane Gilbert in the Gulf.  Gilbert broke down the strong ridge that brought the drought, leading to a very active and wet autumn that lasted not only through the '89 winter, but into the following spring/summer as well.  The 1989 summer was similar to the 2013 summer--a continuous trough over the eastern U.S., and storms occurring almost daily with stalled out fronts.
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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 08:48:47 AM »
That was my first up close experience with a tornado. We lived a couple miles NE of the path and had insulation and mail from some of the damaged homes in our yard. I slept right thru it.  ::) Had to go help some friends who had damage sort thru the mess.

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Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 09:38:12 AM »
Info and map of tornado from the NWS: https://www.weather.gov/ohx/19881224
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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 10:01:21 AM »
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Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2017, 10:14:39 AM »
Pretty neat.  Still living in Clarksville at the time, but vaguely remember this.  But that radar, tho...  ::wow:: ::wow:: ::wow:: ::wow::

Speaking of old radar technology, check this out, the unveiling of "Color Scan 500" radar back in the 1970s with some technical difficulties:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Y4IM_p0iI

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It worked at 6:00, folks, it really did!."  ::rofl::  ::evillaugh::


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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 12:55:34 PM »
Hahaha, that reminds me of watching the '08 election when CNN tried to use a hologram and it failed live on the air  ::rofl::

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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 04:47:09 PM »
Speaking of old radar technology, check this out, the unveiling of "Color Scan 500" radar back in the 1970s with some technical difficulties:

 ::evillaugh:: ::evillaugh:: ::evillaugh::

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Y4IM_p0iI

"Wait a minute- let me push THIS button....

...THAT button doesn't do anything. 

It worked at 6:00, folks, it really did!."  ::rofl::  ::evillaugh::


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Ah, I miss those weather maps drawn by hand with markers.  Ira Joe Fisher was a master at it with his backwards writing.  He was in Cincinnati in the late 70's (I lived in northern KY at the time).  While I couldn't find a clip from then, here he is after moving to New York in the early 80's.

https://youtu.be/gEwIGxrunFE?t=1m46s
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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 01:16:35 AM »
I remember this.  I was 13 at the time, living in Smith County, but my great-aunt's house had damage to it in Williamson county.

Oh, that radar....and I miss Ron Howes. :(
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Re: Coverage of the Franklin/Brentwood Tornado of 12/24/1988
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 01:44:31 PM »
I've heard some argue that tornado rated F4 was too high. Closer to EF2-EF3.
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