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Weather Forecasting and Discussion => General Weather => Topic started by: StormNine on May 04, 2018, 12:34:21 PM

Title: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: StormNine on May 04, 2018, 12:34:21 PM
Beginning on May 4th and lasting through the morning of May 11th several rounds of severe and tornadic storms impacted our region and much of the Central/Eastern USA.  The week of May 4-10th had 401 tornado reports, which is and still stands as a weekly record.

Locally May 4-5th and the morning of May 11th were the most noteworthy days.  The former featuring significant tornadoes in the Jackson, Dyersburg, and Clarksville areas and the latter featuring tornadoes in the Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin area.

What do you remember about these days 15 years ago? 
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: BRUCE on May 04, 2018, 01:19:25 PM
Beginning on May 4th and lasting through the morning of May 11th several rounds of severe and tornadic storms impacted our region and much of the Central/Eastern USA.  The week of May 4-10th had 401 tornado reports, which is and still stands as a weekly record.

Locally May 4-5th and the morning of May 11th were the most noteworthy days.  The former featuring significant tornadoes in the Jackson, Dyersburg, and Clarksville areas and the latter featuring tornadoes in the Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin area.

What do you remember about these days 15 years ago?
very fond memories of that period... ef4 just mile half from my house ... impacted my work place which was Procter gamble then ...
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: schneitzeit on May 04, 2018, 05:01:04 PM
I mentioned this on the Spring forum, but this is my first memory of a tornado outbreak. My family and I were on vacation at the time and I remember watching The Weather Channel's live radar as the tornado hit Jackson.
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: BRUCE on May 04, 2018, 05:19:10 PM
I mentioned this on the Spring forum, but this is my first memory of a tornado outbreak. My family and I were on vacation at the time and I remember watching The Weather Channel's live radar as the tornado hit Jackson.
there were 12 fatalities just in madison county alone...
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: schneitzeit on May 04, 2018, 06:24:47 PM
there were 12 fatalities just in madison county alone...

I visited the memorial with my father while we were on our way to Memphis in 2004. Devastating for Madison County.
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: memphishogfan on May 04, 2018, 11:10:45 PM
Will never forget that night.  Had taken a friend back to the nursing home after church and called my dad to warn him a tornado was headed right for him. They had no clue.

Dad walked to the front door and opened the storm door, looked up and saw it coming. Before he could turn around the door was gone and the handle was in his hand.

Some how he got my mom and sister in the bathroom before it hit the house.

Waited at a friends house until it passed then drove home to find the roof gone one the house and my family without a scratch on them.
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: Thundersnow on May 05, 2018, 10:38:35 AM
I remember seeing the damage path of Franklin tornado. EF3 I think- but I would have to go back and check.


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Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: NashRugger on May 05, 2018, 10:57:12 AM
I remember seeing the damage path of Franklin tornado. EF3 I think- but I would have to go back and check.


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It was, along with the Walter Hill EF3 not long after.
Title: Re: 15 Years Ago: The Great Tornado Sequence of 2003
Post by: Jilly on May 15, 2018, 09:39:22 AM
I remember a very weak tornado popped down into the schoolyard of Kingston Springs Elementary School and went immediately back up (according to witnesses). I was about 5 miles away and sky was green - called boss and said I was working from home that day.

https://www.weather.gov/ohx/20030504