A Windy Day in the Tennessee Valley!

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A strong pressure gradient (the difference between a strong, cold area of high pressure in Texas and a strong, deep low in the Ohio Valley) brought very unusual and very strong winds to the Tennessee Valley Thursday. Here’s a sampling of the strongest wind gusts from December 20th; keep in mind, none of these wind gusts were caused by thunderstorms or severe weather:

In Alabama:

Monte Sano – 51 MPH
Muscle Shoals (NW Ala. Regional) – 48 MPH
Decatur (Pryor Field) – 47 MPH
Huntsville International – 44 MPH
Scottsboro – 40 MPH
Gadsden (NE Alabama Regional) – 38 MPH
Fort Payne – 37 MPH
Union Grove – 36 MPH
Rogersville – 34 MPH
Cullman (Folsom Field) – 33 MPH
Florence (Near Florence High School) – 33 MPH
New Market – 32 MPH
Leighton – 28 MPH
Ardmore – 25 MPH

In Tennessee:
Camden – 53 MPH
Lawrenceburg – 48 MPH
Nashville – 47 MPH
Tullahoma – 45 MPH
Chickasaw – 45 MPH
Columbia – 43 MPH
Smyrna – 43 MPH
Winchester – 37 MPH
Savannah – 31 MPH
Shelbyville – 31 MPH
Lewisburg – 39 MPH

At least one tree falling into a home in The Shoals caused some significant damage; other trees keep coming down. WHNT News 19’s Carson Clark (@carsonclark) says tonight that reports of trees falling in Marshall County continue even as the wind is diminishing a little.

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