Severe Storms Trucking East
We will be updating the weather blog periodically as the weather allows this evening. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 3 AM for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin (AL), Wayne (TN) and Lawrence (TN). It’s easy to see why when you see a radar image like this:
There is some good news, though. The moisture return is not satisfactory to produce long-lived violent storms. In other words, there’s just not quite enough fuel to keep them going all night long.
We have noted a distinct weakening trend over much of West Tennessee in the past hour, and the storms in North Missisippi will soon outrun the warmer, more humid air that has sustained them so far this evening:
The storms will continue into The Shoals by 11 PM to midnight, but the primary threat will change from tornadoes to gusty, straight-line winds, heavy rain, and lightning.
As they continue moving east across the Tennessee Valley tonight, we are confident the weakening trend will continue. That does not totally get us out of the woods, but it does suggest that we will not have a widespread severe weather outbreak here. More coming up at 10 PM on WHNT and all evening here on the blog!