Thursday, February 7, 2008

Storm Aftermath




Because of the tenuous weather conditions still today, I didn't venture too far from home to look for storm damage. Dark, ominious clouds, as you can see in the photo above, rolled through Middle Tennessee all day, and heavy winds continued to blow, also. The storm dumped a lot of rain on Middle Tennessee, and the cow pasture behind our subdivision (and house) flooded in areas. (Those black dots on the water are ducks.)

While Davidson County (Nashville) had little damage, counties north and south suffered a lot of damage. The EF2, super-cell tornado, as officials call it, followed a path that stretched more than 145 miles from Memphis to Lafayette. By the time the tornado reached Macon County, which is a little northeast of Davidson County, it was a mile wide. The tornado devastated Macon County, killing 10 people, destroying over 200 homes, and damaging over 1200 homes.

Winter tornadoes are rare and occur when warm, moist air moving up from the south collides with cold air moving down from the north. Temperatures in Tennessee had reached the 70s earlier this week, but tonight temperatures are in the 30s, again.


9 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Tennessee had really bad weather and Jackson was hit hard. That was about all there was on television yesterday. Your photo shows the angry clouds and we had some of those but mostly driving rain. I looked for the hawks all day and did manage to catch a glimpse of one who was soaked and had its feathers open trying to dry off some. I hope, after three or four days of rain that we get a break with some sunshine today.

quintarantino said...

Nice photo, even so.
Saw on the CNN news that the south part of USA are really having bad weather. Pity.

Jim said...

glad you made it through ok. I wouldnt want to have to wait it out thats for sure.

isabella said...

Such a tragedy! So many people left homeless...
On a happy note - have you heard of that "Miracle baby"?

Southern Heart said...

Chris, thank you so much for your kind note yesterday...we personally made it through just fine, and we are thankful. It really was a tragic night, wasn't it? I'm so glad that you're ok, also! Great photo and explanation of the weather system, too!

Isadora said...

Hi Chris - sorry about the nasty weather you are having. Stay safe - we'll catch photos later. Such terrible tragedy for those who lost their homes.

Pat said...

It's so sad seeing all the students just wandering about with no where to go as I heard that they weren't allowing them inside the buildings yet. Just so sad.

Lovely photo today.


Pat

Guelph Daily Photo, My Photos.

Rambling Round said...

Glad it wasn't too bad where you are. That was some storm system.

Rosy said...

Wow that hail is really something else to see, sorry for the families who had lost their love ones though. Nice photos you taken. My first visit to your blog.