Severe Thunderstorms March 2, 2012 (NEW PHOTOS added!)



Severe Thunderstorms
brought tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail to the Mid-State on March 2nd.

Thunderstorms developed on the morning of March 2nd in Middle Tennessee as a warm front lifted northward across the area. Then, as temperatures warmed to record-breaking levels in the afternoon more storms erupted ahead of a cold 
front,  and produced isolated
tornadoes. Strong straight line winds and large hail affected many areas.

The afternoon temperature on March 2nd at the Nashville Airport hit a record-breaking 81 degrees, which shattered the old record of 80.

Funnel clouds and wall clouds were observed at places like Lawrenceburg, Lavergne and Putnam County. Some of the photos sent in by area residents, and shown below, were pretty dramatic.

Wall Cloud, southern Lewisburg (Marshall County), passed over I-65 at mile marker 29
at 5:29pm, 03/02/12 
(Photo Credit: Joshua Jeremiah)

Lawrence County:  Is this a wall cloud, funnel cloud or a tornado? It's hard to tell because of 
the buildings and tree line
. ( 03/02/12, photo credit:  Barry Roberts)

It's a wall cloud! but only distinquishable when the photographer changed his vantage point. 
(Lawerence County,  03/02/12, photo credit: Barry Roberts)

Funnel Cloud, Lawerence County, 03/02/12,  (photo credit: Shelton Barnett )

Wall Cloud, Lavergne, Rutherford County, 03/02/12, Stonegate Court, looking north-northwest 
(photo credit: Jennifer Bizarri)

Funnel Cloud, Lavergne, Rutherford County,  03/02/12,  Stonegate Court, looking 
north-northwest      (photo credit: Jennifer Bizarri)

Wall Cloud, Lavergne (Rutherford County),  03/02/12,  (photo credit: Missy Riggert)

Funnel Cloud, Putnam County, morning of 03/02/12  (photo credit: Tyler Smith)

Wall Cloud, Putnam County,  afternoon of 03/02/12  (photo credit: Tyler Smith)

Wall Cloud, Nashville area,  taken from intersection of Waldron Rd & Murfreesboro Rd,
425 pm, 03/02/12  (photo credit: Jason Gray)

Wall Cloud, as viewed from 3 miles north of Norene (Wilson County), looking toward Lebanon,
03/02/12 (photo credit: Rica Waldrop)

Some of the largest hail that fell on March 2 was baseball-size (nearly 3" in diameter!), and broke windows on a house five miles east of Lebanon. Other hail, the size of hen's eggs (2" in diameter) fell at Providence in Mount Juliet.

Below are some pictures of the hail at Providence:

Providence, Mount Juliet (Wilson County).      (Photo courtesy of Thom Stenman)

Providence, Mount Juliet (Wilson County).      (Photo courtesy of Thom Stenman)

Providence, Mount Juliet (Wilson County).      (Photo courtesy of Thom Stenman)


Following are some other hail photos from March 2:

Lipscomb University (Davidson County)   golfball-size hail    (Photo Credit: David Cagle)

Berry Hill  (Davidson County)         (Photo Credit: Michael Santucci)

Lebanon (Wilson County)          ( Photo Credit: Haley Witcher)

half mile east of Lebanon (Wilson County),  Nickel- to quarter-size hail  (Photo Credit: Michael Wright)

Pelham (Grundy County), 3:30pm, 3/2/12  (Photo Credit: Michael Bunch)

Significant damage occurred in the Dodson Branch community, in Jackson county, when an EF2 tornado ripped across the area on March 2nd. Damage from this tornado also occurred in parts of Overton and Putnam counties. An EF1 tornado touched down in southern Cheatham County, just south
of Kingston Springs. Straight line wind damage occurred in parts of Dickson County and Humphreys County. 

We, here at the National Weather Service, always welcome any photos you may have of recent weather events and/or storm damage. If you would like to share such photos just send them to

Be sure and provide the date and location for each picture, as well as your name, so that we can provide proper credit for the photo(s).

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