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Re: June 2020
« Reply #90 on: June 20, 2020, 08:43:38 AM »
Going back a little OT... IEM is in the process of updating it's NWS text archives to go back as far as 1983. The stuff is pretty scattershot so far....so if you're looking for a lot of specific events/dates you may come up empty for now.... but I'll provide one little tidbit...

File this in the oooops column...
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STATE FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS, TN
08:15 PM CST  JAN 02 1985

 GETTING OUT AN EARLY SFD.  WX SITUATION STILL DEVELOPING AND MAY
ACTUALLY BE FIZZLING, BUT POTENTIAL IS STILL THERE AND ALL ELEMENTS
(ESPECIALLY 500 MB TROUGH AND VORT MAX) HAVE NOT COME TOGETHER.
ANALYSIS OF 850 MB DATA SHOWS TROUGH FROM JAN TO BRO WITH A WEAK LOW
PSBL IN GULF OFF VCT.  HAD HOPED THIS WOULD BE STRONGER TO GIVE MORE
CONFIDENCE TO WINTER STORM WATCH.  HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO CHANGE
WATCH OR FORECAST.  WILL RAISE BNA LOW TNGT TO NEAR 30.  NO OTHER
CHANGES TO FORECAST ANTICIPATED.

TN...NONE
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WOUS00 KMEM 031000
STATE FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS, TN
03:55 AM CST  JAN 03 1985

 WS WATCH FOR WRN HALF OF TN HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A T.A. FOR TODAY..
ZONES 9-15. THIS DUE TO SLUGGISH DVLPMT OF GLFMX LO (BOTH SFC AND H85.)
VRY LGT SNOW IS OBSERVED ATTM IN ERN AR/WRN TN. PCPN ECHOES DID BLOSSOM
NOTICEABLY AFT 07Z, BUT THE LARGEST BLOB THAT PASSED OVER MEM WAS S--.
LFM HAS BEEN FAIRLY CONSISTENT WITH CERTAIN FEATURES LAST 3 RUNS,
SPECIFICALLY LOCN OF SFC LO IN GA/NC AREA BY 00Z FRI. SPCTRL N/A TDA.
AMTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES PREDICTED ERYR HAVE BEEN SCALED DOWN TO 1 INCH
OR LESS. 94Q PRODUCT FROM QPF FCSTR PAROCZAY WAS VERY USEFUL..WE
CONCURRED CLOSELY WITH HIS ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSIONS. HE HELPED
US OUT WED MRNG AS WELL. COORD WITH SDF AND BNA THIS MRNG.
FOLLOWED 3 HRLY TEMPS AGAIN AS THEY HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY REALISTIC.

TN...WRNGS..NONE.
     WTCHS..NONE.
     ADVYS..TRAVELERS ADVISORY FOR WRN HALF OF TN FOR TDA (ZNS 9-15)
     n       FOR LGT SNOW OR SLEET.

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METN-MEMPHIS METROPOLITAN FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  MEMPHIS TN
415 AM CST THU JAN 3 1985

...TRAVELERS ADVISORY FOR TODAY...

.TODAY...OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW WITH AN ACCUMULATION OF 1 INCH OR LESS.
THE TEMPERATURE WILL REMAIN NEAR 30 AND NORTH WIND 15 MPH WILL KEEP
THE WIND CHILL INDEX NEAR 10 DEGREES.
.TONIGHT...CLOUDY WITH SOME SNOW FLURRIES.  THE LOW IN THE LOWER 20S AND
NORTHWEST WIND 15 MPH. THE CHANCE OF SNOW IS 30 PERCENT.
.FRIDAY.t..MOSTLY CLOURY AND COLD WITH THE HIGH IN THE LOWER 30S.
NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.


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TENNESSEE WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  MEMPHIS TN
405PM CST THU JAN 3 1985

            MAJOR SNOWSTORM PUMMELLS WESTERN TENNESSEE

SNOW WHICH PLAQUED PARTS OF TEXAS AND ARKANSAS YESTERDAY MOVED INTO
THE WESTERN PART OF TENNESSEE WITH A VENGEANCE TODAY. AREAS MOST
AFFECTED WERE NORTHWESTERN MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHWESTERN TENNESSEE.
MEMPHIS APPEARED TO BE HARDEST HIT WITH 6 INCHES OF SNOW BY 3 PM WITH
SOME PORTIONS OF THE CITY RECEIVING AS MUCH AS 8 TO 10 INCHES. BY LATE
AFTERNOON, THE SNOW HAD SPREAD INTO JACKSON AND DYERSBURG, FALLING AT
A RATE OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR. MEANWHILE, PORTIONS OF MIDDLE AND
EASTERN TENNESSEE RECEIVED LIGHT RAIN OR DRIZZLE.

AFTER OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE 20S AND 30S, AFTERNOON READINGS HELD IN THE
20S IN THE WEST, ROSE A LITTLE THROUGH THE 30S IN THE MIDDLE, AND
CLIMBED ALL THE WAY INTO THE LOWER 40S IN THE EAST. BRISTOL HAD THE
WARMEST READING WITH 44 AT 10 AM.
RAIN IN THE EAST WILL CHANGE TO SNOW FLURRIES AS TEMPERATURES DROP.
CLOUDY SKIES WILL PERSIST WITH FLURRIES LIKELY OVER MOST OF THE STATE
FRIDAY EXCEPT FOR THE WESTERN SECTIONS. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE COLD
TEMPERATURES WILL BE WITH US THROUGH FRIDAY.

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TENNESSEE WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
800 PM CST THU JAN 3 1985

               ..BIG SNOW HITS WEST TENNESSEE...

A SNOWSTORM STRUCK WEST TENNESSEE TODAY AND IT WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED.
PATCHY SNOW DEVELOPED OVER EASTERN ARKANSAS AND NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI
THIS MORNING AND IT SPREAD INTO WEST TENNESSEE AND INTENSIFIED DURING
THE COURSE OF THE DAY. MILLINGTON RECEIVED 11 INCHES OF SNOW AND MEMPHIS
HAD 8 INCHES. 6 INCHES WAS REPORTED AT JACKSON AND AT LEAST 5 INCHES OF
SNOW FELL AT DYERSBURG. AT JACKSON THE PRECIPITATION STARTED AS FREEZING
RAIN AND SLEET AND THEN IT CHANGED TO SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. ELSEWHERE
IN THE STATE IT WAS CLOUDY WITH PATCHY RAIN AND DRIZZLE. TEMPERATURES
RANGED FROM THE MID 20S IN THE WEST TO THE MID 40S IN THE EAST.

A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN POSTED FOR WEST AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE FOR
TONIGHT WITH UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE FRIDAY
MORNING. IN THE EAST A WINTER STORM WATCH IS POSTED FOR TONIGHT AND
EARLY FRIDAY.

A LOW PRESSURE AREA CENTERED OVER THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO IS THE
REASON FOR THE WINTER STORM WEATHER. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE
NORTHWARD ACROSS GEORGIA TONIGHT AND CONTINUE UP THE APPALACHIANS
FRIDAY. AS A RESULT COLD AIR CIRCULATING AROUND THE LOW AS IT MOVES
NORTHWARD WILL CAUSE THE RAIN TO CHANGE TO SNOW IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
TONIGHT AND THE SNOW IN THE WEST WILL TAPER OFF TO FLURRIES. EAST
TENNESSEE CAN EXPECT SNOW LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.

THE SNOWSTORM IN MEMPHIS OFFICIALLY TOTALED 7.7 INCHES AT THE MEMPHIS
AIRPORT MAKING IT THE 10TH HEAVIEST SNOWFALL SINCE RECORDS BEGAN.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY SNOWSTORMS IN MEMPHIS WERE THE RECORD 18.0 INCHES
MARCH 16TH TO 17T~H 1892, 16.1 INCHES MARCH 21ST TO 22ND 1968 AND 14.3
INCHES DECEMBER 22 1963. TODAYS SNOWSTORM IS THE HEAVIEST SINCE THE
16.1 INCHES IN MARCH 1968 WHEN THE DEPTH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WAS
13 INHCES DUE TO PARTIAL MELTING.
I

FYI...you're aren't going to find a whole lot else for that specific period right now on the archive....hopefully more will be uploaded soon....
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Re: June 2020
« Reply #91 on: June 20, 2020, 09:31:00 AM »
Very interesting- thanks for sharing.

Oh- the days of surprise snow storms.

Memphis and West TN got in on the January 1985 pattern from the start. I do notice the impacts were apparently far less for Middle and East in that early event. Granted I was only 9 at that time, but I didn't remember much in our area in Middle TN until later in the month. What sticks out to me is when the temperature went down to -17, which still stands as the all-time record low for Nashville. But, that was past mid-month, I believe. I remember a snow storm that brought "blizzard conditions" just before that record low. It was a very fine powder snow... a Colorado weather pattern for sure. I remember snow being on the ground for a while and multiple winter weather events into the first part of February.

This kind of weather doesn't even seem remotely possible in this area anymore...
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Re: June 2020
« Reply #92 on: June 20, 2020, 12:52:01 PM »
Ha! This is cool...
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
5 00 PM CDT TUESDAY JULY 22 1986


.....................NEWS RELEASE.....................


..AGRICENTER GRAND OPENING AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OPEN HOUSE..

AS PART OF THE GRAND OPENING OF AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL, ON
SATURDAY, JULY 26, THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE AT
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE LOCATED AT THE
AGRICENTER, 7777 WALNUT GROVE ROAD, MEMPHIS, TN.  THE NWS STAFF WILL
CONDUCT TOURS OF THE NEW QUARTERS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 AM AND 4 PM.

IN ADDITION TO THE TOURS, NWS PERSONNEL WILL LAUNCH A WEATHER BALLOON
AT 1 PM, SHOW THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED TORNADO FILM TITLED ..TERRIBLE
TUESDAY.. AT 130 PM, AND PRESENT A SEMINAR ON NWS FORECAST AND
WARNING SERVICES FOR THE MIDSOUTH AT 3 PM.

SPEAKERS AT THE AGRICENTER RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY INCLUDE TENNESSEE
GOVERNOR LAMAR ALEXANDER AND DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE PETER MYERS.

FOLLOWING IS A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SATURDAY JULY 26....

   9 AM...............AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL OPENS FOR BUILDING AND
FARM TOURS.
   9 AM TO 10 AM......FARMERS MARKET PRESENTATIONS AND EXHIBITS
                   ...DEMONSTRATION VEGETABLE PLOT EXPLANATION
                      BY RICHARD WHITE, EXTENSION SERVICE
                   ...FOOD PRESERVATION SEMINAR
                      BY MARGARET LOVE, EXTENSION SERVICE
                   ...MOBILE PLANT DISEASE LAB
                   ...SMALL ENGINE SAFETY/MAINTENANCE
   10 AM TO 11 AM.....SEMINARS OFFERED IN THE AGRICENTER PAVILION
                   ...HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSE FARMING
                      BY DR. BUTCH BARD, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
                   ...WHERE AG CHEMICALS GO AFTER APPLICATION
                      BY DR. STEPHEN KLAINE, MEMPHIS STATE UNIV.
                   ...BENEFITS OF FARM PLAN/REVOLVING CREDIT IN
                            AGRICULTURAL MARKET
                      BY ROGER MYERS
   1030 AM TO 11 AM...PRE CEREMONY MUSIC IN THE AMPHITHEATER
   11 AM TO NOON......OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY IN THE
                      AMPHITHEATER
   NOON TO 130 PM.....FISH FRY PICNIC AT THE EAST SIDE OF THE
                      AGRICENTER BUILDING
   NOON TO 1230 PM....SQUARE DANCE EXHIBITION IN THE CRYSTAL PAVILION
   1 PM TO 4 PM.......BLUEGRASS MUSIC BY THE JAMES MICAH BAND
   1 PM...............BALLOON LAUNCH BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
   130 PM TO 2 PM.....SEMINARS OFFERED IN THE AGRICENTER PAVILION
                   ...HYDROPONIC GREENHOUSE FARMING
                      BY DR. BUTCH BARD, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
                   ...NETAFIM IRRIGATION..ISRAELI DRIP SYSTEM..
                   ...NWS TORNADO FILM ..TERRIBLE TUESDAY..
   130 PM AND 230 PM..FARMERS MARKET PRESENTATIONS AND EXHIBITS
                      ...SAME AS 9 AM AND 10 AM..
   2 PM TO 230 PM.....CLOGGING EXHIBITION IN THE CRYSTAL PAVILION
   3 PM TO 4 PM.......SEMINARS OFFERED IN THE AGRICENTER PAVILION
                   ...BEEF MANAGEMENT FILM FROM UNIVERSITY OF
                      COLORADO
                   ...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FILM AND PRESENTATION
   4 PM...............CLOSE OF GRAND OPENING EVENTS
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE OPEN FOR TOURS EVERY HALF HOUR
FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM EXCEPT BETWEEN 11 AM AND NOON.


IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING ANY OF THESE ACTIVITIES, YOU MAY
CALL THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS...

                NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE    757 6400
                AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL    757 7777

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING
GRAND OPENING EVENT AND I ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT FOR AN
ENJOYABLE DAY AT AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL.

SIGNED...
RICHARD I COLEMAN
METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #93 on: June 21, 2020, 10:01:28 AM »
1987 starting to be filled in now....
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
230 PM CST FRI DEC 18 1987

                      PRESS RELEASE

MONDAY..DECEMBER 14 1987 WILL LONG BE REMEMBERED BY THE RESIDENTS OF
CRITTENDEN COUNTY ARKANSAS AND SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE.  THE KILLER
TORNADO THAT SMASHED INTO WEST MEMPHIS ARKANSAS AROUND 9:34 PM KILLING
SIX PERSONS AND INJURING OVER 100 MORE TRAVELED RAPIDLY NORTHEAST
ALONG A PATH THAT TOOK IT ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER INTO NORTH
SHELBY COUNTY WHERE IT DEALT ANOTHER DEVASTATING BLOW TO THE NORTHAVEN
AREA. FROM ON-SITE INSPECTION OF THE DAMAGED AREAS AND FROM THE AERIAL
SURVEY COMPLETED WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH..NWS OFFICIALS FROM THE
MEMPHIS FORECAST OFFICE WERE ABLE TO DEFINE A CLEARLY MARKED PATH 25
MILES LONG AND ON THE AVERAGE ABOUT 200 YARDS WIDE.  IT EXTENDED FROM
ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WEST MEMPHIS ARKANSAS TO MILLINGTON
TENNESSEE. WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED FROM THE LEVEL OF DESTRUCTION TO
BE IN THE RANGE OF 150 TO 200 MPH.  ON THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY
SCALE OF ZERO TO FIVE WHERE FIVE IS THE MOST INTENSE..THIS STRONG
TORNADO WAS CLASSIFIED AS A LEVEL THREE.  OF THE APPROXIMATELY 800
TORNADOES THAT OCCUR ANNUALLY ACROSS THE NATION..ABOUT 35 PERCENT FALL
INTO THIS CATEGORY.  MANY TORNADOES OF THIS STRENGTH GO UNDETECTED BY
CONVENTIONAL RADAR AND CHANCES OF RECEIVING ADVANCE WARNING ARE NOT
VERY GOOD.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE..WITH THE COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE OF
MANY GROUPS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR..HAS DEVELOPED A WARNING
AND AWARENESS PROGRAM THAT INCREASES THE CHANCES OF DETECTING SEVERE
STORMS OFTEN MISSED BY CONVENTIONAL SENSING TECHNIQUES..BY TRAINING
AND ORGANIZING STORM SPOTTER GROUPS. MOST OFTEN THESE ARE LAW
ENFORCEMENT OR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL..COOPERATIVE WEATHER
OBSERVERS..OR HAM RADIO OPERATOR GROUPS.  THESE STORM SPOTTERS RELAY
CRITICAL REPORTS BACK TO THE NWS OFFICE WHERE THE DECISION IS MADE TO
ISSUE A WARNING.

ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 14TH..HAM RADIO WEATHER NETWORKS IN WEST
MEMPHIS AND MEMPHIS PROVIDED VALUABLE INFORMATION IN THE INITIAL
TOUCHDOWN OF THE TORNADO IN WEST MEMPHIS AND LATER AS THE STORM STRUCK
NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE.  THESE REPORTS WERE MONITORED
DIRECTLY BY HAM RADIO OPERATORS LOCATED AT THE MEMPHIS FORECAST OFFICE
AND THEIR REPORTS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE BROADCAST OF THE TORNADO
WARNING AROUND 945 PM OVER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RADIO AND NOAA WEATHER
RADIO.  THIS PROVIDED AROUND 10 TO 15 MINUTES OF WARNING LEAD TIME TO
PERSONS IN THE PATH OF THE STORM IN SHELBY COUNTY..PARTICULARLY IF
THEY OWNED A NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEIVER.

UNFORTUNATELY..THERE WAS NO WARNING LEAD TIME FOR RESIDENTS OF WEST
MEMPHIS ARKANSAS BECAUSE THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN POINT WAS ONLY 4 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY.  THE STORM RACED TOWARD THE CITY WITH A FORWARD
SPEED OF 60 MPH AND REACHED THE CITY LIMITS AROUND 934 PM.

EVEN WITH SPOTTERS IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT VERY LITTLE IF
ANY ADVANCE WARNING IS POSSIBLE FOR TORNADOES THAT TOUCHDOWN
INITIALLY NEAR A POPULATED AREA.

THE AWARENESS PROGRAM EMPHASIZES APPROPRIATE LIFE SAVING ACTIONS THAT
CAN BE TAKEN WHETHER AN ADVANCE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED OR NOT.  IT IS
CLEAR FROM OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH PERSONS IN WEST MEMPHIS AND
NORTHAVEN..THAT MANY OF THEM KNEW WHAT TO DO.  WE ARE CONVINCED THAT
MANY MORE LIVES WHOULD HAVE BEEN LOST HAD THIS NOT BEEN THE CASE.  WE
WISH TO COMMEND THOSE RESIDENTS IN THE PATH OF MONDAY'S TORNADO FOR
THEIR SPIRIT AND THEIR ABILITY TO TAKE QUICK AND PROPER ACTION IN THE
FACE OF EXTREME DANGER.

A NUMBER OF PERSONS INDICATED THEY HAD HEARD WEATHER REPORTS EARLIER
IN THE DAY ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES
DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.  THEIR LEVEL OF AWARENESS
WAS HEIGHTENED WHEN THE NWS ISSUED TORNADO WATCHES FOR THE MIDSOUTH
DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS AND PROBABLY CONTRIBUTED
TO THEIR QUICK LIFE SAVING ACTIONS ONCE THEY HEARD THE ROAR OF THE
APPROACHING TORNADO.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF NWS PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE MEMPHIS FORECAST
OFFICE ON DECEMBER 14TH.  THESE WERE PRECEDED BY A PUBLIC SEVERE
WEATHER OUTLOOK ISSUED AT 5 AM CST BY THE NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS
FORECAST CENTER IN KANSAS CITY, MO..CALLING FOR AN OUTBREAK OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES FOR AREAS INCLUDING THE MIDSOUTH.

4:20 AM  ... WEST TENNESSEE ZONES AND LOCAL MEMPHIS AND VICINITY
             FORECASTS (4:15 AM) FOR 100 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN AND
             A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

5:45 AM  ... MIDSOUTH RECREATIONAL AND TRAVELERS FORECAST BROADCAST ON
             NOAA WEATHER RADIO HIGHLIGHTED THE POSSIBLITY OF SEVERE
             THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES LATER IN THE AFTERNOON AND
             EARLY EVENING HOURS.

10:20 AM ... WEST TENNESSEE ZONES AND LOCAL MEMPHIS AND VICINITY
             FORECAST (10:15 AM) MENTIONED...A FEW THUNDERSTORMS
             POSSIBLY SEVERE DURING LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON AND
             NIGHT.

11:35 AM ... SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT HIGHLIGHTED WITH HEADLINE
             ...DEVELOPING STORM MAY CAUSE SEVERE WEATHER...

4:10 PM  ... TENNESSEE STATE FORECAST MENTIONED...POSSIBILITY OF
             SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FOR WEST AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE
             MONDAY NIGHT.

4:20 PM  ... WEST TENNESSEE ZONE FORECASTS AND MEMPHIS AND VICINITY
             FORECAST (4:15 PM) MENTIONED POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE
             THUNDERSTORM FOR MONDAY NIGHT.

5:00 PM  ... SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT MENTIONED..."CONDITIONS ARE
             BECOMING JUST RIGHT FOR SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS TO
             BECOME SEVERE".

6:30 PM  ... SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY MENTIONED
             THAT A TORNADO WATCH #563 REMAINED IN EFFECT FOR EAST
             ARKANSAS UNTIL 11 PM (THE WATCH AND REDEFINING
             STATEMENT HAD BEEN ISSUED AT 5:21 PM FOR EASTERN
             ARKANSAS).  THIS AND ALL SUBSEQUENT SPECIAL WEATHER
             STATEMENTS INCLUDED..."REMEMBER THAT A TORNADO WATCH
             MEANS THAT TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE IN AND NEAR THE WATCH
             AREA AND PERSONS IN THIS AREA SHOULD REMAIN ALERT TO
             RAPIDLY CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND BE PREPARED TO
             TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY IF CONDITIONS WARRANT".

7:30 PM  ... SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY.

7:40 PM  ... TORNADO WATCH #564 AND REDEFINING STATEMENT FOR WEST
             TENNESSEE AND NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALID 8 PM UNTIL 1
             AM DECEMBER 15TH.

8:03 PM  ... SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR MISSISSIPPI AND POINSETT
             COUNTIES IN EAST ARKANSAS VALID UNTIL 8:30 PM BASED ON
             HAIL REPORT.

8:30 PM  ... SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY...MENTIONED
             THAT GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL HAD BEEN REPORTED AT TYRONZA
             ..ARKANSAS AT 8:15 PM.

9:30 PM  ... SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY...MENTIONED
             SOLID LINE OF VERY HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS IN EAST ARKANSAS
             APPROACHING MEMPHIS.

9:51 PM  ... TORNADO WARNING VALID UNTIL 10:45 PM FOR CRITTENDEN AND
             SHELBY COUNTIES. (SHORTENED VERSION BROADCAST AT 9:45 PM
             OVER NWR AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RADIO WHILE TEXT WAS
             BEING PREPARED FOR NOAA WEATHER WIRE DISSEMINATION.)

10:05 PM ... SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT SAID THAT TORNADO WOULD PASS
             OVER MILLINGTON..TENNESSEE BY 10:15 PM.

10:19 PM ... SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING VALID UNTIL 11:15 PM FOR
             TIPTON AND HAYWOOD COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE...

10:30 PM ... SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY DESCRIBED
             PROGRESS OF SOLID LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

10:49 PM ... SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING VALID UNTIL 11:15 PM FOR
             FAYETTE COUNTY TENNESSEE BASED ON RADAR.

11:17 PM ... SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING VALID UNTIL 1215 AM FOR
             TENNESSEE COUNTIES OF CROCKETT...HARDEMAN...MADISON 
             MENTIONED REPORT OF 60 MPH WINDS NEAR MOSCOW AND TREES
             BLOWN DOWN IN BROWNSVILLE.

11:30 PM ... SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT AND RADAR SUMMARY...DESCRIBED
             PROGRESS OF THE SOLID LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS.

12:50 AM ... HIGHLIGHTED EXPIRATION OF TORNADO WATCH #564 AT 1 AM.

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #94 on: June 21, 2020, 10:47:17 AM »
I always thought that tornado and the Germantown tornado should have been EF4. Those wind speeds mentioned in this conclusion best that out. It only missed Southland Casino(then a dog track) by the same width of the tornado- 200 yards. It was filled when 7000 spectators- can you imagine?

And there’s the nice myth buster to “it won’t cross the MS River”.  Hogwash.

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #95 on: June 21, 2020, 11:10:19 AM »
I always thought that tornado and the Germantown tornado should have been EF4. Those wind speeds mentioned in this conclusion best that out. It only missed Southland Casino(then a dog track) by the same width of the tornado- 200 yards. It was filled when 7000 spectators- can you imagine?

And there’s the nice myth buster to “it won’t cross the MS River”.  Hogwash.

Certainly one of the closest "what if" scares in modern tornado history. It would have been a disaster. As the PNS mentions...West Memphis had no lead time. The official warning was not issued until 15 minutes after touchdown (after West Memphis had been hit) and the storm was already crossing the MS River. One interesting tidbit you see here is apparently they went on weather radio and did a live warning several minutes before the actual warning was issued...so people who happened to have been listening there may have gotten a few extra minutes....though this was no help to West Memphis. In those days... typing...issuing and disseminating warnings over wire was a many-minute process. Today you could do the entire process in 60 seconds or less if you had to...

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MANY TORNADOES OF THIS STRENGTH GO UNDETECTED BY CONVENTIONAL RADAR AND CHANCES OF RECEIVING ADVANCE WARNING ARE NOT VERY GOOD.
MUCH different time then we are fortunate to be in now...
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Re: June 2020
« Reply #96 on: June 21, 2020, 03:49:06 PM »
Tons of cloud to ground lightning with these storms today. Happy to get a bit of rain though. The flowers were getting wilty.
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Re: June 2020
« Reply #97 on: June 22, 2020, 12:18:30 PM »
SPC has the whole state of Tennessee in Marginal risk for tomorrow.

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #98 on: June 22, 2020, 06:02:31 PM »
I would say that it looks like this month has been pretty manageable for a summer month as far as temperatures go.   

Unfortunately, I don't think this relative nicer summer weather will last especially once the Southwest Monsoon punts the SW Ridge our way and the growing La-Nina strengthens the SE ridge.   

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #99 on: June 22, 2020, 08:05:47 PM »
60-70% chance of storms for my area bombed big time.

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #100 on: June 22, 2020, 09:01:07 PM »
Severe warnings are popping up across Central East TN tonight, lots of action with this line.

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Re: June 2020
« Reply #101 on: June 22, 2020, 09:16:43 PM »
The way 2020 is going.  I would not count on anything going normal.  Including wx.  Expect the unexpected.

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« Reply #103 on: June 23, 2020, 07:34:23 AM »
The way 2020 is going.  I would not count on anything going normal.  Including wx.  Expect the unexpected.

Since we are not doing normal weather
A cold and snowy December?   

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« Reply #104 on: June 23, 2020, 08:12:39 AM »
GFS is showing highs in the low 70's this weekend under cloud cover. Small chances of rain.
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