Calendar of Significant Weather Events in Middle Tennessee

January 1 1918- Dickson receives its greatest snowstorm ever, with an accumulation of 15".
1927- The Cumberland River at Nashville crests at a record 56.2' -- 16.2' above flood stage -- in the "Great Flood of 1927." The river swells to 3 miles wide at one point. Two persons are killed and 10,400 are left homeless. Ryman Auditorium becomes a shelter. One young man, whose Old Hickory girlfriend lives ½-mile across the river, has to drive 110 miles around the flooded area to get to her. Water reaches as far inland as 3rd Avenue. Two steamboats float onto 1st Avenue. Sixty square blocks are under water. Grocery shopping in some cases is done Venetian style -- by rowboat.
1964- New Year's Day storm sets single day snowfall records in several locations, including Lawrenceburg, with 16", Waynesboro, 15½", Columbia and Mount Pleasant (1 N), 15", Ashwood, 14", Lewisburg, 12½", Pulaski, 11½", Centerville, Fayetteville, and Neapolis, 11", Coldwater, 10½", Lebanon (7 N), Linden, and Old Hickory Dam, 10", and Shelbyville, 9".
January 2 1904- A powerful cold front dunks Nashville's temperature 46 degrees, from a daytime high of 59 degrees, to a low of 13 the following morning.
January 3 2000- A very pleasant, almost spring-like day settles over the mid state. At Nashville, the high temperature reaches 72 degrees, with a low of 61. Elsewhere, Clarksville reports 71 degrees, Springfield, 69, Tullahoma, 68, Crossville, Lawrenceburg, and Murfreesboro, 66.
January 4 1997- Strong thunderstorm winds estimated near 110 mph pick up a mobile home 5 miles east of Erin (Houston County) and wrap it around a tree. One man inside the mobile home is killed instantly. The mobile home is thrown 100 feet. Wind damage is reported elsewhere, including an estimated $500,000 worth at the Rivergate area in Madison.
January 5 1924- Nashville's sea-level pressure climbs to 30.97" -- the highest barometric pressure ever recorded.
1960- A winter storm brings heavy snowfall to much of Middle Tennessee. Crossville measures 8" of snow, while Tullahoma reports 7.9", and Nashville, 7.3".
January 6 1910- A winter storm buries Clarksville under 12" of snow, a single-day record there.
January 7 1946- The Harpeth River at Kingston Springs reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 32.2', which is 17.2' above flood stage.
1988- A snowstorm brings widespread accumulation to the mid state. Some snowfall totals include Lawrenceburg, with 10", Nashville, 8.1", and Crossville, 6".
January 8 1886- A winter storm system ushers in one of the worst cold outbreaks in mid state history. A strong cold front brings 3.7" of snow to Nashville, and drops the temperature from a high of 35 degrees to -8 the following morning. For the next 3 days, the temperature does not rise above 8 degrees, and the low temperature drops to 0 or below for five consecutive mornings, falling to -9 degrees on the morning of January 11.
1913- Pinewood measures an even 8.00" of rainfall.
January 9 1886- One of the coldest days in Nashville's history -- high temperature tops out at 7 degrees, with a low of -8, making for a daily mean value of -1. All three are records.
January 10 1963- An F3 tornado touches down at Spring Hill (Maury County) just before midnight. The twister cuts a 4 mile path, lifting at Bethesda (Williamson County), after causing 4 injuries.
January 11 1918- Nashville receives 6½" of snow.
January 12 1916- Seven are injured in Madison after an F2 tornado rips a 5 mile path during the middle of the afternoon.
1918- High temperature at Nashville reaches just 2 degrees -- the lowest daily maximum temperature on record.
January 13 1968- Dover measures 8½" of snow.
January 14 1989- In Clarksville, 2.39" of rain leaves water in the streets as high as car doors.
January 15 1978- The high temperature at Nashville reaches just 28 degrees. This is the 7th consecutive day in which temperatures have remained below freezing, tying a record. During this stretch, the temperature has never risen above 31 degrees, nor fallen below 7 degrees.
January 16 1948- Nashville receives 7" of snow.
2003- A major snowstorm strikes the mid state, with Nashville reporting 7" of snow -- much more than was forecast -- becoming the city's biggest snowfall in nearly 7 years. The snow begins falling around 8:00 a.m., and by mid-day the city is paralyzed with blocked interstates, numerous accidents, and large-scale gridlock.
January 17 1916- Celina sets a station record with 12" of snow.
1982- Temperature at Cheatham Lock & Dam drops to -18, an all-time record low.
1999- About 350 homes and 25 businesses receive damage from straight-line winds in Columbia. At the Shady Brook Mall, huge panes of glass at the entrance are shattered. Forty mature trees are uprooted at the Graymere Country Club. There is $400,000 in damage to the Pepsi Cola plant alone. Overall, $4 million in damages are reported in the city. Elsewhere, a wind gust of 61 mph is recorded at Nashville. And softball-sized hail is reported at Pulaski, damaging numerous vehicles. This is the largest known hail ever to fall in Tennessee's history.
January 18 1994- A record cold air mass pushes into the mid state. The high temperature reaches just 10 degrees at Nashville. The plateau is especially hard-hit, as Crossville checks in with a low of -8.
January 19 1936- Nashville receives 6.2" of snow.
January 20 1918- McMinnville measures 10" of snowfall, which is the most ever received in one day there.
1985- Nashville sets an all-time record low mean temperature of -5. Following a daytime high of 7 degrees, the temperature falls to -16 by midnight. Temperature at Crossville falls to -21 by midnight, establishing an all-time record low.
January 21 1888- Nashville receives 6.1" of snow.
1935- Nashville reports an early morning high temperature of 69 degrees before a strong cold front passes through, dropping the temperature to 36 degrees by 7:00 a.m., 24 degrees by noon, and 14 degrees by 7:00 p.m. The temperature drops another 2 degrees during the evening, for a low of 12, and a daily range of 57 degrees. Three inches of snow fall by evening.
1959- A cold front drops the temperature at Nashville a remarkable 59 degrees -- from a high of 74, to 15 degrees the next morning. Temperature ranges at other locations include Clarksville and Columbia, 59 degrees, Lawrenceburg, 58, Tullahoma, 57, Cookeville and Springfield, 55, Murfreesboro, 54, and Crossville, 52 degrees.
1985- Temperature at Nashville drops to -17, setting an all-time record low. Other record lows include Allardt (-27), Carthage (-17), Celina (-20), Centerville (-26), Columbia (-20), Cookeville (-22), Crossville (-21), Crossville (Experiment Station) (-25), Dickson (-23), Franklin (-21), Lebanon (3 W) (-20), Lewisburg (-20), Livingston (-25), Monteagle (-20), Mount Pleasant (-17), Neapolis (-23), Shelbyville (-20), Smithville (-24), and Woodbury (-28).
January 22 1966- Nashville receives 7½" of snow.
1999- Clarksville is struck by an F3 tornado before dawn. Five persons are injured. Mount Pleasant (1 N) measures 7.10" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day rainfall ever.
January 23 1963- The strongest cold front in mid state history brings heavy snow and an unprecedented drop in temperature. Nashville receives 6.2" of snow. In addition, the high temperature reaches 48 degrees, but plummets to -13 degrees by midnight, for a range of 61 degrees. This is the greatest daily range of temperatures in Nashville's history.
January 24 1943- Temperature at Clarksville climbs to 82 degrees. It's the warmest temperature ever observed there in January.
1963- Temperature at Kingston Springs drops to -30 degrees, which is the lowest temperature ever recorded in Middle Tennessee, and comes within 2 degrees of tying the all-time record low for Tennessee (Mountain City, 12/30/1917). Other record lows include Clarksville (-17), Dover (-24), Lafayette (-20), Linden (-18), Portland (-19), Springfield (-18), and Waverly (-26). In fact, Waverly sees its temperature drop by 80 degrees with the passage of the strongest cold front in mid state history. Five inches of snow accompany the dramatic change in temperature. The Duck River freezes solid from bank to bank for the first time since 1898. Harbors along the Tennessee River also freeze. It is considered the worst winter weather since the 1951 ice storm.
1972- Nashville's 78 degrees sets a record high for January.
1997- A rare winter severe weather outbreak results in 12 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, injuring 31 persons and causing damage in excess of $9 million. Amazingly, there are no fatalities. Barfield, near Murfreesboro, is hit by an F4.
January 25 1937- The Cumberland River at Clarksville reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 65.6', which is 19.6' above flood stage.
1940- Following a cold spell lasting several days, the Cumberland River freezes, as the low temperature at Nashville drops to 1 degree.
2002- Three-day flooding event across Middle Tennessee ends, with flooding reported in 39 of the mid state's 42 counties. Two persons are killed in Cookeville on the 23rd during a rescue attempt. In Bedford County, a couple and their son are killed when their car is swept into Carr Creek during the evening of the 24th. A woman is killed at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Wilson County when she is swept away in a flooded creek. Overall, 6 people are killed, with another 11 injuries. A total of 97 homes are damaged, along with 37 businesses, and at least 34 bridges. Some 40 roads are damaged in Lawrence County alone. There are also numerous school and road closings, and 180 people have to be evacuated from their homes, 46 of them being placed in shelters. Rainfall totals during the three days are topped off by Wartrace, which measures 9.25". Flooding also occurs along many rivers, with the Duck River at Columbia cresting more than 13 feet above flood stage. Damage is estimated at $2 million.
January 26 1832- The Sparta Recorder and Law Journal reports that a cold snap drops temperatures to -18 degrees at Sparta, -26 degrees at McMinnville, and -18 degrees at Nashville. (The official all-time record low at Nashville is -17.)
1940- Temperature at Waynesboro drops to -21, setting an all-time record low, as does Palmetto (-20), Murfreesboro (-19), and Ashwood (-17).
January 27 1918- Nashville measures 2.88" of rain.
January 28 1951- A strong cold front moves through Nashville shortly after 1:00 p.m., causing temperatures to fall during the afternoon and evening, and ushering in one of the most remarkable weather events in Nashville's history.
January 29 1905- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for January, measuring 8½".
1948- The high temperature at Nashville reaches just 28 degrees. This is the 7th consecutive day in which temperatures have remained below freezing, setting a record. During this stretch, the temperature has never risen above 31 degrees, nor fallen below -2 degrees.
1951- The worst ice storm in Nashville's history begins, causing a complete stalemate of transportation in Nashville for two days. Frozen precipitation starts during the evening, with 1.6" of snow and ice accumulating by midnight.
1966- Monteagle measures 15" of snowfall -- the most ever recorded in one day.
January 30 1966- Temperature at Coldwater drops to -27, setting an all-time record low. Other record lows include Fayetteville (-26), Lynnville (-19), Pulaski (-16), and Lawrenceburg (-14).
2002- The temperature at Crossville tops out at 72, setting a record high for the month.
2013- A strong early morning cold front produces 22 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, the strongest of which is an EF-2 that strikes Mt. Juliet.
January 31 1951- Five inches of snow and ice fall, much of it during the evening, producing a water equivalent of 3.83". This is the greatest one-day precipitation event for January in Nashville's history.
February 1 1951- Precipitation continues at Nashville through the morning, most of it as snow, and finally ends around noon. An additional 5.2" are measured, leaving the city buried under 8" of ice and snow.
1985- Nashville receives 6.7" of snow.
February 2 1886- Nashville receives 6½" of snow.
1951- Temperature at Nashville drops to -13, tying the record low for the month.
February 3 1886- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for February, measuring 9.8".
1970- Gainesboro receives 8" of snow -- its greatest one-day snowfall ever.
1997- Two construction workers are injured by lightning while working on the new library for MTSU in Murfreesboro. They are treated for electrical shock and released from a local hospital. Power is also knocked out to 500 homes when lightning strikes a transformer.
1998- Snowstorm brings treacherous driving conditions, school closures, and widespread power outages to the Cumberland Plateau. Interstate 40 is closed at Monterey for 18 hours due to the heavy snow. Traffic is backed up for 13 miles. Winds gust to 50 mph at times during the snowstorm. Approximately 100,000 electric customers lose power. TEMA reports damages of about $5 million.
February 4 1917- Wind gust of 58 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1998- Jamestown sets a station record with 18" of snow. Monterey sets its own single-day snowfall record, with 12", as well as Livingston, with 9".
February 5 1996- Temperature at Sparta drops to -20, setting an all-time record low. Crossville's low of -16 sets a record low for February.
2008- One of the worst tornado outbreaks in Middle Tennessee strikes during the evening and early morning of the 6th. Fourteen tornadoes touch down across the mid state, including an EF-3 that kills 22 persons in Sumner, Trousdale, and Macon Counties -- the deadliest single tornado in Middle Tennessee in nearly 75 years. This is the 6th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
February 6 1942- One person is injured near Ardmore as a pre-dawn F2 tornado rips a 6 mile path across Giles and Lincoln Counties.
February 7 1979- Cheatham Lock & Dam records its greatest one-day snowfall ever, with 8½", as well as Lafayette, with 6.2".
February 8 1960- Nashville receives 7.4" of snow.
February 9 1994- A major winter weather event strikes the mid state. Temperature at Nashville at midnight is 70 degrees, but a strong cold front sweeps through, with temperatures falling throughout the day. By noon, snow begins as the temperature falls to 32 degrees, and changes to freezing rain by evening. At midnight, the temperature is 23 degrees. By the following morning, the ground is covered by an inch of snow and ice.
February 10 1899- Temperature at Nashville drops to -7 degrees during the second coldest February on record. It's the lowest reading ever observed on this date. The high temperature tops out at a mere 10 degrees, a record "cool high."
February 11 1895- Nashville receives 6" of snow.
1910- Nashville receives 8.8" of snow.
February 12 1880- A late evening F2 tornado rips a 4-mile path across the Hillsboro area of Davidson County.
February 13 1880- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for February, with 5.20". This caps off a three-day total of 7.65", another Nashville record.
1899- McMinnville sets its all-time record low with a reading of -26 degrees, along with Byrdstown at -19. Nashville's -13 sets a record low for February, as does Clarksville, at -14.
1952- F4 tornado tears through Moore and Franklin Counties, moving through or near Lois, Marble Hill, Beech Hill, Marble Plains, and Decherd. There is damage to 109 farms. Hundreds of trees are downed in Lois and Marble Hill. Over a hundred homes are damaged or destroyed in Franklin County. A church, a school, a store, and a home are destroyed at Beech Hill. Two people are killed in Marble Plains, and one more in Dechard. Storm continues into Grundy County, producing an F2 which rips a path from Monteagle to Tracy City. The damage in Monteagle is estimated at $110,000, and $90,000 in Tracy City. About 150 buildings are affected. One person is injured in each town. A total of 4 fatalities are reported in the three counties, with 46 injuries. Overall, 5 tornadoes are reported across Middle Tennessee.
1962- Temperature at Nashville reaches 84, setting a record high for the month. Crossville's reading of 79 sets a February mark there, as well.
February 14 1902- Nashville receives 8" of snow.
1905- Temperature drops to a frigid -23 at Hohenwald, and -22 at Tullahoma, establishing all-time record lows at both spots.
1948- The Buffalo River at Lobelville reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 26.0', which is 16.0' above flood stage. The Duck River at Columbia reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 51.8', which is 19.8' above flood stage. The Duck River at Hurricane Mills reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 30.7', which is 6.7' above flood stage.
February 15 1897- Unusual warmth comes to the mid state, as Clarksville's 89 degrees sets a record high for February.
February 16 1928-People walking through the old Albertstown cemetery in the Third district of Fentress County, viewing the havoc wrought by a recent storm, were horrified to see a pair of children's shoes imbedded in the roots of a pine tree that had been uprooted by the storm. Investigation shows the shoes to have belonged to a child of Dan Richard's buried near the pine tree some forty years before. No trace of a casket or any other apparel was found except the shoes, which seemed to be well preserved.
1969- Orlinda records its greatest snowfall ever, measuring 13", as does Smithville, with 11".
1999- Lightning hits the Coffee County Consolidated Communications Center in Manchester, and knocks out emergency 911 calls for about an hour. The center also handles dispatch calls for area law enforcement, fire, and ambulance services. Emergency calls have to be routed through the jail. This is the second time in 12 years the center is struck by lightning.
February 17 1956- Two injuries are reported in Lawrence and Giles Counties along a 10 mile F3 tornado path. A second tornado, an F2, injures two more in Fentress County, between Jamestown and Allardt, along Highway 52.
February 18 1936- Low temperature at Nashville falls to -1 -- the latest sub-zero temperature on record.
February 19 1960- Sparta receives 10" of snowfall -- its greatest one-day snowfall ever.
February 20 1929- Nashville receives 7" of snow.
February 21 1929- Nashville receives 8" of snow, for a two-day total of 15". The entire event occurs during a 13-hour period.
February 22 1874- Nashville records a record 2.58" of rain, for a 2-day total of 5.36".
February 23 1909- Nashville measures 3.69" of rain.
February 24 1967- Record lows for this date are set at both Nashville (10 degrees) and Crossville (2 degrees).
February 25 1894- One of the most severe snowstorms in Middle Tennessee's history produces record accumulations at Carthage and Palmetto (15"), Byrdstown and Lynnville (14"), and Franklin (11"). Lesser amounts are measured at Nashville (9.7"), Clarksville (9"), Waynesboro (7"), and Hohenwald (6.5").
1918- Wind gust of 60 mph is recorded at Nashville.
February 26 1962- Nashville records 2.86" of rain in the middle of a 3-day stretch during which 5.31" are measured.
February 27 1902- Nashville's sea-level pressure drops to 29.02" -- the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded.
February 28 1916- Hohenwald gets buried under 9" of snow.
February 29 1952- F4 tornado rips through Fayetteville in Lincoln County, killing 2, and injuring 166. About 140 homes are destroyed and over 300 others damaged. Damages are estimated at $43 million.
March 1 1902- The Elk River at Prospect reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 40.9', which is 14.9' above flood stage. Shoal Creek at Prospect reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 28.1', which is 14.1' above flood stage.
1926- The Cumberland River at Celina reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 61.3', which is 21.3' above flood stage.
March 2 1997- The Red River is out of its banks due to heavy rainfall. Local law enforcement reports 4 to 6 feet of water in the Belmont Subdivision near Clarksville. Sixty homes are affected by flooding in Montgomery County. A cooperative weather observer in Clarksville reports about 5.25" of rain between March 1 and March 3.
March 3 1980- Temperature at Nashville drops to 2, setting a record low for the month. Likewise, Clarksville's 0 degrees establishes a new low mark for March, and Crossville's reading of -2 is also a record.
2003- Nashville is treated to abundant sunshine after 17 consecutive cloudy days. This is longest known cloudy streak in the city's history.
March 4 1917- Nashville receives 7½" of snow.
March 5 1955- Middle Tennessee is hit by two tornadoes. An F1 in Carthage injures 3. An F2 touches down in southeast Wilson County, and skips for 20 miles, crossing into De Kalb County, hitting Alexandria and Temperance Hall. There are no injuries reported.
1960- Temperature dips to -2 at Crossville setting a new record for the month.
March 6 1853- According to the Gallipolis Journal of Gallipolis, Ohio, "A tornado visited the vicinity of Clarksonville [sic], Tennessee, on Sunday night, levelling dwellings, stables, barns and trees to the ground; but as far as heard from no lives were lost. The track of the storm was half a mile wide. So terrific was it that the roads were filled with the fallen timber."
March 7 1863- The Fayetteville Observer reports on March 12 that "We are informed that Shelbyville was visited by another hurricane on last Saturday [7th] night, which blew down the Baptist Church, the Depot, Telegraph Office, besides other buildings. One person is said to have been killed. We have no other particulars."
March 8 1998- An F0 tornado cuts a 1-mile path across Maury County, south of Bryant Station. No injuries are reported.
March 9 1960- A major winter storm strikes Middle Tennessee. Some snowfall totals include Crossville, with 8½", Clarksville, 8", Springfield, 7.8", Cookeville, 7½", and Nashville, 5½".
March 10 2000- EMA officials report 5½" of rain in 1½ hours in Lewisburg. Many roads are flooded, and 6 cars are damaged. Three feet of water cover some roads. A man has to be rescued from his vehicle on Belfast Avenue. Local Tennessee National Guard members assist in evacuating about 30 children from a daycare center, which is flooded with 2½' of water.
March 11 1923- Wind gust of 72 mph is recorded at Nashville.
March 12 1855- A "terrible tornado," accompanied by hail and rain, strikes downtown Nashville, unroofing the State Capitol and causing $10,000 in damage to the building. The First Presbyterian Church and other buildings are also damaged.
1963- Livingston (5 NE) records 6.40" of rainfall.
1975- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for March, with 4.66".
March 13 1913- Four tornadoes strike the mid state. One of these, an F3, cuts a 50-mile swath across Giles, Marshall, and Rutherford Counties, killing 7, and injuring 50.
1975- One-day rainfall records are set at Celina (6.45"), Crossville (Experiment Station) (5.34"), Jamestown (5.02"), Linden (6.97"), Monterey (5.58"), Statesville (6.25"), and Woodbury (7.13"). Clarksville reports a 2-day total of 9.11". The Red River at Port Royal reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 48.3', which is 18.3' above flood stage. The Harpeth River at Franklin reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 33.7', which is 12.7' above flood stage.
1993- Storm of the Century brings heavy snow to the Cumberland Plateau. Crossville sets a station record with an 18" accumulation. Allardt sets its own one-day snowfall record, with 14.1", as well as Winchester, with 10½".
March 14 1933- F3 tornado touches down 4 miles west of downtown Nashville, killing 15, injuring 45, and continues for 45 miles, moving through Wilson and Smith Counties.
March 15 1973- F2 tornado strikes Taft (White County). A manufacturing plant is destroyed. The entire roof is ripped off and thrown to the ground, killing the night watchman. Several homes are moved from their foundations, and one is flattened. Two heavy trailers are overturned. There are $250,000 in damages, and 3 injuries.
March 16 1942- F3 tornado clears a 55 mile path, starting near Huntington, and just missing the towns of Mansfield, Manlyville, and Springville. In Stewart County, near Stribling, "the soil [is] swept away," along with a house in which a boy is killed, and seven other people are injured. Eight farms are torn apart near Lick Creek. There are a total of 5 fatalities, and 68 injuries. F3 tornado strikes Humphreys County, destroying a half dozen homes in the Hurricane-Bold Springs area. Storm continues into Cheatham County, producing an F3 tornado which passes near Cooperstown, destroying at least a dozen barns, and littering the landscape with dead chickens. At least a dozen homes are destroyed. Damage estimate is $100,000. Three persons are killed in the two counties, with another 30 injuries.
1973- Coldwater records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, measuring 6.70", as does Fayetteville, with 6.62".
March 17 1892- Nashville records its greatest one-day snowfall ever, measuring 17". The snow starts after midnight, and continues until noon. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America cancel their annual parade. No street cars are running. Morning trains are delayed. And the "arteries of trade" are clogged. Suburban workers have to walk to town. Mailmen don't leave the post office on their rounds until 10:00 a.m. A freight train from Chattanooga slides off the track at the Winton community, near Murfreesboro, and a passenger train from Memphis due at 7:00 a.m. doesn't arrives until 2:00 p.m. Riddleton, a few miles northwest of Carthage, receives 18.7" in what is believed to be the greatest single-day snowfall in Middle Tennessee's history.
1978- Nashville measures precipitation for the 11th consecutive day, tying a record.
March 18 1925- F4 tornado rips a 60 mile path from near Buck Lodge (8 miles north of Gallatin) to Barren County, KY. Homes are swept away in many communities, including Keytown, Angle, Oak Grove, and Liberty. As many as 8 people die in one home. Trees are blown down in steep valleys as well as on hilltops. At least 27 people are killed in Sumner County. Crossing into KY, the tornado strikes Holland, killing 4, and Beaumont, killing 8 more. Over 150 homes are damaged or destroyed. There are a total of 39 fatalities, and 95 injuries. This is the deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee.
2002- Widespread heavy rainfall begins during the afternoon of the 17th and lasts into the early morning of the 18th. A total of 5 persons are killed across Middle Tennessee, three in Robertson County, one in Lewisburg, another in Nashville. All 5 deaths are vehicle-related. Manchester receives the most rainfall -- 6.44" in 24 hours, with Dickson reporting 5.45", Warner Park (Nashville), 4.12", and Morrison (Warren County), 3.67".
March 19 1996- Nashville receives 8.7" of snow.
March 20 1968- Nashville measures 8.2" of snow in a rare late-season winter weather event.
March 21 1907- Temperature at Nashville reaches 89, setting a record high for the month.
1932- F4 tornado strikes 2 miles west of Pulaski, killing 5 people in one of 10 destroyed homes. Homes are said to have been destroyed as completely in the valleys as on the hilltops. There are $120,000 in damages. F2 tornado hits Cannon County, striking near the Mt. Ararat, Sugar Tree, and Rock House communities. Ten homes are destroyed, and a woman and her son are killed in one of them. Overall, 5 tornadoes are reported across Middle Tennessee.
1955- Columbia records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 5.75".
March 22 1955- Nashville measures precipitation for the 11th consecutive day, setting a record.
1968- An unusual late-season snowstorm strikes the mid state, as Murfreesboro (5 N) receives its greatest one-day snowfall ever, measuring 10", as does Lebanon (3 W), with 9".
1991- F2 tornado hits Lewis County. The tornado moves from Sweetwater to Hohenwald. Three homes, eight trailers, and six businesses are completely destroyed by the tornado. A four month old baby girl is killed after being blown from her father's arms at an apartment in Hohenwald.
March 23 1893-One-half of the state penitentiary in Nashville is destroyed by a tornado, but the 500 convicts had just been moved to the mess hall and escape uninjured.
1901- Wind gust of 58 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1968- Springfield measures 10" of snowfall -- its greatest one-day snow ever.
March 24 1921- F3 tornado (described as "twin tornadoes") moves across eastern Maury County and Marshall County before lifting in northwest Bedford County, traveling 18 miles. Four people are killed about 10 miles north of Lewisburg as five homes are destroyed at Rich Creek.
1929- The mercury soars to 94 degrees at Clarksville -- the hottest temperature ever observed there in March.
1994- The belltower of the Warren County courthouse in McMinnville catches fire following a lightning strike. In a separate incident, a barn at Shipp's Bend (Hickman County) is desroyed by fire after being struck by lightning.
March 25 2000- Baseball-size hail is reported at Kingston Springs.
2007- Temperature at Crossville hits 82 degrees, which sets a new record high for March.
March 26 1944- An F3 tornado in Giles County tracks for 5 miles, passing aloft over Pulaski. Five persons are killed, with another 2 injured.
1959- Three inch hail is reported in Rutherford County.
March 27 1890- An F3 tornado tears a 25 mile path through Sumner and Macon Counties, from just north of Gallatin to near Eulia. The storm kills 5, and injures 50 others.
March 28 1902- A tremendous heavy rain event pounds the mid state. Lewisburg records an even 9.00" of rainfall. Lynnville measures 8.45". Palmetto checks in with 7.60".
1984- Nashville's sea-level pressure drops to 29.02", tying the record for the lowest barometric pressure.
March 29 1902- The Duck River at Shelbyville reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 43.4', which is 18.4' above flood stage. Significant flooding occurs throughout the town. Homes never before reached by water are submerged, many of them up to the second story. Many families are rescued by boat. A steel bridge across Duck River is swept away during the evening.
1929- The Good Friday Flood produces record flooding along the Caney Fork River and its tributaries, wiping out dozens of mills, houses, and bridges.
March 30 1960- One person is injured as an F2 tornado cuts an 8 mile path from Lewisburg to Farmington.
March 31 1923- It's a cold day in Nashville as the temperature drops to 21 degrees, with a high of only 36. Both are records.
April 1 1974- Wind gust of 82 mph is recorded at Nashville -- the fastest known wind gust ever recorded in the city.
April 2 1951- A rare late-season winter weather event produces an inch of snow at Nashville. The high of 43 is the lowest high temperature ever recorded on this date.
April 3 1903-According to the Hopkinsville Kentuckian, a tornado touches down 3 miles east of Clarksville and destroys a 400-foot Tennessee Central trestle -- a loss estimated at $10,000. Gigantic oak timbers, ties, guard rails, and braces are twisted and broken into splinters. Workers are forced to quit at the storm's approach, but there are no injuries.
1974- Super Outbreak, perhaps the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history, produces 148 tornadoes -- with 24 confirmed tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, killing 54, and injuring another 655. Lincoln County is particularly hard-hit, as an F4 kills 22, and injures another 250. This is the 5th deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee. Three-inch hail is reported in Marshall County. This is the largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
1998- Six tornadoes strike Middle Tennessee during the afternoon. There are 3 injuries resulting from an F2 in Robertson County. Baseball-size hail is reported at White House.
April 4 1911- Wind gust of 62 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1936- A brief cold spell brings the temperature down to 21 degrees at Clarksville, setting an all-time record low for April at that location.
April 5 1936- Three tornadoes strike the mid state during the evening. An F3 kills 5 persons near Columbia, injuring 30 others. Wayne, Lewis, and Lincoln Counties are also affected.
April 6 1971- A rare late-season winter weather event produces 1.1" of snow at Nashville. The high temperature of 42 is the lowest high temperature ever recorded on this date.
April 7 1972- Wind gust of 63 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1982- Temperature at Nashville drops to 23, setting a record low for the month.
2006- The deadliest tornado outbreak since the Super Outbreak of 1974 strikes Middle Tennessee. Nine tornadoes touch down across the mid state, including an F3 storm that kills 7 people in Gallatin, injuring another 128. Two separate tornadoes strike Warren County, killing 3. Widespread hail also occurs. Four-inch hailstones are reported in Ashland City, and 3¼ hail occurs in Hillsdale (Macon County). Three-inch hail is reported in Centerville, with baseball-size hail occurring in several other locations.
2007- Crossville's low temperature of 20 degrees sets a new record low for the month, just 13 days after setting a record high for the month of March.
April 8 1998- Wind gust of 59 mph is recorded at Nashville. Baseball-size hail is reported at Piney (Van Buren County), crashing through car windows and damaging roofs.
2007- Crossville's low temperature of 20 degrees ties the record low for the month. Likewise, Nashville's 23 degrees ties its record low for April.
April 9 1991- Wind gust of 67 mph is recorded at Nashville.
2011- Temperature at Nashville soars to 91 degrees, tying the all-time record high for April. It is also the earliest 90-degree day on record.
April 10 1994- One person is killed and 18 others injured when lightning strikes during an Ultimate Frisbee Match in Antioch (Davidson County).
April 11 1944- One person is killed, and 14 more injured, as an F2 tornado strikes near Lebanon at 6:30 a.m., cutting a 4 mile path before lifting.
2008- Eight tornadoes touch down during the late morning and early afternoon, including two EF-3's in Lawrence and Giles Counties. There is one injury, but no fatalities.
April 12 1966- Three-inch hail is reported in Davidson County.
April 13 1950- A cold outbreak produces the lowest high, low, and mean temperatures ever observed on this date at Nashville. The high is 42, with a low of 27, producing a mean temperature of 35 degrees.
April 14 1922- Eight persons are injured as an F2 tornado cuts a 20 mile path across portions of Wilson and Smith Counties. Most of the damage occurs near New Middleton.
April 15 1910- Waynesboro measures 6.94" of rainfall, setting a station record.
2001- High winds topple the steel radio tower for WGNS-AM. The tower was built in 1946, and stood 328 feet tall. It was Murfreesboro's tallest structure. Damage to the tower is estimated between $250,000 and $500,000.
April 16 1921- An early morning severe weather outbreak produces 5 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, primarily along a path from Giles to Cannon County. All are classified as F2. A total of 4 fatalities are reported, with another 41 injuries.
1998- Lawrence County experiences the first F5 tornado in Tennessee's history. Nashville is hit by 3 tornadoes, including an F3, which strikes downtown for the first time in more than 65 years. A total of 10 tornadoes are confirmed across Middle Tennessee. Surprisingly, there are only 4 fatalities across the mid state, with 105 injuries. Baseball-size hail is reported northwest of Ashland City (Cheatham County), damaging 35 to 50 homes. This is the 10th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
April 17 1885- A tornado occurs at Brentwood during the evening. Two buildings, one a church, are blown down and a large stable is lifted from its foundation; a large pile of railroad ties is blown over.
April 18 1877- A tornado touches down 1 mile south of Newburg, in Lewis County, and travels for 40 miles, finally lifting at La Vergne. The twister kills 10, and injures another 50. A second tornado, possibly associated with the same thunderstorm, touches down 3 miles northwest of Lebanon, and travels another 15 miles to near Hartsville. This second twister is rated an F2.
April 19 1981- Downpour at Nashville sets rainfall intensity records for 5 minutes (0.95"), 10 minutes (1.35"), & 15 minutes (1.60").
1999- Baseball-size is reported northwest of Nashville at Whites Creek Pike.
April 20 1916- Wind gust of 62 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1996- An early morning severe weather outbreak produces extensive wind damage (in excess of $6 million) across Middle Tennessee, including 2 tornadoes, and isolated flash flooding. Lightning destroys 2 huge 161 kilovolt transformers in Tullahoma, at a cost of around a half million dollars.
April 21 1997- Golfball size hail strikes the Minor Hill (Giles County) area, causing damage to cars and roofs. The hardest hit area is along Pleasant Ridge Road.
April 22 1883- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for April, with 5.03".
1997- Lightning strikes a 130-year-old red oak tree northeast of Lynchburg. Chunks of wood weighing as much as 175 pounds fly about 50 yards. One large piece of wood is embedded in the tail light of a car. The lightning follows the tree's roots, digging a trench almost 3 feet deep into and under a house. Flying wood damages the home and 3 cars.
April 23 1968- An F2 tornado hits Smithville at 2:58 in the afternoon, injuring 1.
April 24 1925- Clarksville's temperature climbs to 94 degrees, which breaks the record high for April.
1975- One person is killed, with an additional 4 injuries, as an F2 tornado strikes Mayland (Cumberland County), remaining on the ground for 2 miles.
April 25 1910- Temperature at Nashville drops to 32 -- the latest freeze ever. Snowfall measuring 1½" also represents the greatest one-day snowfall for April, and is the latest date for measureable snowfall.
April 26 1989- Temperature at Nashville reaches 91, setting a record high for the month.
April 27 1970- F4 tornado moves across Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties. The storm begins 8 miles south of Clarksville, passes 2 miles south of Springfield, south of Fountainhead, and ends near Bethpage. Many homes and farm buildings are leveled between Springfield and Greenbrier. Another home is leveled near the end of the 42 mile path. Damage is estimated at $1.5 million. The tornado path is 400 yards wide. There are 3 fatalities, and 85 injuries.
1986- Temperature at Crossville climbs to 86 degrees -- a new record high for April.
April 28 1989- Temperature at Nashville reaches 91 for the 2nd consecutive day.
2002- Severe thunderstorms produce widespread wind damage and large hail across Middle Tennessee. An F3 tornado touches down at 734 AM in Rutherford County, about 8 miles southeast of Murfreesboro, injuring 20, and damaging 10-15 homes. In southeast Maury County, a two-story home is destroyed by fire following a lightning strike.
April 29 1909- F4 tornado hits Giles and Lincoln Counties, killing 29, and injuring 70. It is the 3rd deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee. In Bee Spring alone, 24 persons are killed. F3 tornado strikes Hickman and Williamson Counties, killing 10, and injuring 40. About 75 homes are damaged or destroyed at Centerville, and losses total over $100,000. At Leiper's Fork, in Williamson County, a mother and three children are killed in their home. Damage is also reported 1 mile north of Franklin. A total of 5 tornadoes strike Middle Tennessee during the evening of the 29th.
April 30 1909- An additional 4 fatalities occur shortly after midnight as an F2 tornado strikes Decherd, in Franklin County. There are an additional 30 injuries.
May 1 1963- Temperature at Nashville drops to 34, setting a record low for the month -- a record that would be tied the very next day.
May 2 2010- A rain event never before witnessed in Middle Tennessee brings record rainfall amounts and widespread local and river flooding. Nashville sets a new all-time record one-day rainfall with 7.25 inches for a two-day total of 13.57 inches. Rainfall intensity records for 6 hours (5.57") and 12 hours (7.20") are also set. The Cumberland River at Nashville floods for the first time in 26 years and posts its highest crest since flood control began.
May 3 2000- Lightning strikes a home more than 100 years old in Lewisburg. The 2 story home burns to the ground. This house had also been hit by a tornado in 1913. The tax assessor claims the home was worth $26,452.
May 4 1976- Temperature at Nashville drops to 34, tying the record low for the month. Crossville sets a new record low for May with a reading of 27 degrees.
1979- Franklin records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 7.25".
May 5 1999- Severe weather outbreak produces widespread wind damage (at least $4.7 million) across Middle Tennessee. Linden is hit by an F4 tornado, killing 3. FAA wind equipment at Nashville International Airport clocks a 99 mph wind gust. Seventy planes are damaged, and 2 hangars are destroyed. Debris and jet fuel are scattered across the runway, closing the airport for several hours. A total of 6 tornadoes strike the mid state.
2003- Two waves of severe weather drop a total of 11 twisters across Middle Tennessee during the late evening and early morning, then from late morning through early afternoon. Two persons are injured in Lincoln County. Baseball-size hail is reported in Lutts (Wayne County). In addition, widespread flash flooding occurs as a result of excessive rainfall. Nashville measures 4.63" of rain. This is also the 9th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
May 6 1868- Five persons are killed, with another 15 injured, as a tornado rips a 10-mile path across Williamson and Davidson Counties.
May 7 1832- What is described as a "hurricane" (most likely a tornado), strikes downtown Murfreesboro. The roof of the new courthouse is blown off while a carpenter is at work on the upper story of the building. He springs from a window and is badly hurt.
1967- F2 tornado strikes Hartsville. Homes lose their roofs and barns are destroyed. Livestock is killed.
1984- Sixteen tornadoes touch down across Middle Tennessee over two days. The strongest tornado, an F2, hits Springfield (Robertson County). Fortunately, there are no injuries or fatalities. This is the 3rd largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
May 8 1947- It's an almost winter-like day in Middle Tennessee, as Nashville's low drops to 36 degrees.
May 9 1995- Flash flooding in Warren County washes out a bridge and covers several roads with as much as three to four feet of water.
May 10 1864- The Nashville Dispatch reports on May 12 "The storm of wind and rain which visited our city on Tuesday [10th] evening, we learn, has been particularly destructive in the vicinity of Nashville for miles around. In the region of country skirting the Nolensville Pike, the storm which amounted to a perfect hurricane, in its course uprooted trees, tore down fences, and tumbled over houses to an alarming extent, carrying in its track devastation and ruin to many small farmers and their families, and in some cases loss of life as well as property. Rev. John Rains, living about three miles from the city, near the Nolensville Pike, had his home utterly stripped and ruined - carriagehouse, stable, smoke-house, servants' house, and fencing were entirely destroyed, and his dwelling house is nearly so. Mr. Woodward, in the same vicinity, had his dwelling-house literally torn to pieces, and his wife seriously, if not fatally injured, besides three children badly hurt; the hand of the eldest was so badly crushed as to require amputation of the thumb. Nast. F. Dortch, Mr. McConnico, Mr. Harper, Mr. Lucus, Dr. Whitsitt, and others in the same locality, suffered considerably. Mrs. Aaron V. Brown had a large lot of beautiful timber land destroyed. Mr. John Hooper sustained considerable damage, his barn and fencing being destroyed. In the vicinity of the Hermitage, we learn, a large amount of valuable timber, dwelling houses, etc. were destroyed. Tim. Dodson had his barn, cut house, and fences utterly wrecked. A brick house, on Mill Creek, the property of P. Vickers, is in ruins. The storm traversed a large extent of country Wilson county, doing great damage to fences and out houses. Altogether, from what we hear, this is one of the most disastrous hurricanes that has visited Tennessee for many years."
1933- F4 tornado moves for 20 miles from near Livingston to near Byrdstown. Thirty-three of the 35 deaths are in Beatty Swamps, 6 miles north of Livingston. The half-mile wide funnel destroys every home in the community, and kills or injures virtually every resident. Much of the area is swept clean of debris. Damage totals $100,000. There are 150 injuries. (According to the family of Ewing Hull, the air after suppertime was very quiet, although stifling for May. The Hull cabin was blown away that night, and the family woke up on the ground.) This is the 2nd deadliest tornado ever to strike Middle Tennessee.
May 11 2003- An pre-dawn severe weather outbreak produces six tornadoes across the Nashville metropolitan area. Two of the tornadoes (Franklin and Walterhill) are rated as F3, and produce considerable damage. The other four twisters are rated F1. Amazingly, there are no injuries.
May 12 1923- An F2 tornado touches down 10 miles north of Nashville, and cuts a 10 mile path northeastward into Sumner County. There are 6 injuries.
May 13 1962- Temperature at Crossville climbs to 91, establishing a new high mark for May.
1999- At Crab Orchard, marble to golfball-size hail covers the ground 3" deep on I-40. Over a half dozen wreckers are sent to clear the accidents on the interstate. Traffic is backed up for 12 miles to the Roane County line. There are 4 injuries. Snow plows are used to clear the hail off the interstate. Hailstones measure 7" deep at one residence.
May 14 1834- A "very severe tornado" strikes Florence, Alabama, then crosses into Tennessee and causes much damage in Pulaski, carrying away fences and houses and doing great damage to plantations.
1995- Lightning strikes a house in rural Hickman County. The home is completely destroyed by a resulting fire.
May 15 1901- Clarksville's 30 degrees is the latest freeze ever recorded there, as well as the coldest temperature every observed in May.
1994- A man is killed by a lightning strike while trying to park his tractor-semitrailer near his home in Pleasant View (Cheatham County).
May 16 1988- Golfball size hail is reported in Hickman and Clay Counties.
May 17 1957- Golfball size hail is reported in Davidson County.
May 18 1995- Severe weather outbreak strikes Middle Tennessee. There are 15 confirmed tornadoes across the mid state, including an F4 which tears a 29 mile path across Lawrence and Giles Counties, killing 3, and injuring 32. A swath of hail damage extends from near Linden to Shelbyville. Hail as large as 3" is reported. Damage to homes and vehicles is extensive. A hailstorm in De Kalb County produces an estimated $1.5 million in damage. This is the 5th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
May 19 1997- Flash flooding around Fairview (Williamson County) damages several stores, and covers some roads, especially Old Franklin Road, which also sustains some damage.
May 20 1990- An F1 tornado cuts a 2-mile path near Summertown (Lawrence County). No injuries are reported.
May 21 1941- Mercury climbs to 99 degrees at Clarksville, which sets a new mark for the month of May.
May 22 1989- One person is killed, and 2 more injured, as an F2 tornado hits Minor Hill (Giles County). The storm remains on the ground for 9 miles.
May 23 1973- Golfball size hail is reported in Williamson County.
May 24 2000- A five day stretch of severe weather reaches its zenith during the evening of the 24th and early the following morning. Seven tornadoes touch down in less than 4 hours, fourteen during the five days. The most damaging of these is an F2 which strikes southeast Hickman County, tearing a 7.8 mile path, and injuring 3. This is the 6th largest tornado outbreak in mid state history.
May 25 2000- Heavy rainfall in southern Cheatham County results in flash flooding. Nine people are rescued from flooded homes. Some are on rooftops. Twenty people are isolated because of the flood waters. Three inches of water collect in the Pegram City Hall. At Turner's Creek, water rises as much as 3 feet in 5 minutes. Up to six inches of rain fall in Cheatham County. There is water damage to Sam's Creek Bridge on State Route 249. Propane tanks float down Sam's Creek. A wooden bridge is destroyed and twisted into an "S" by the flood waters at Dry Creek.
May 26 1996- Golfball size hail is reported at Walterhill (Rutherford County).
May 27 1973- Crossville measures 6.29" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day rainfall ever.
1991- Cheatham Lock & Dam measures its greatest one-day rainfall, with 5.85".
2000- F3 tornado hits Houston County, moving through Tennessee Ridge and Erin. Damages are estimated at $1.3 million. Roofs and walls of some well constructed homes are torn off. Many trees are snapped and blown down along with power lines. The Betty Ligon Pavillion in Erin is flattened. Fifty people require shelter at Erin. A storage trailer is moved 50 feet at Tennessee Ridge. Fortunately, there are no injuries or fatalities.
May 28 1911- Temperature at Nashville reaches 96, setting a record high for the month.
1961- Crossville experiences its latest freeze ever, as the temperature drops to 32.
1978- Downpour at Nashville sets rainfall intensity records for 30 minutes (1.86"), 1 hour (2.82"), & 2 hours (3.47").
May 29 1953- With a temperature of 95 degrees, Clarksville ties its record high for the month.
1983- One person is injured in Fall City (White County) by an F1 tornado.
May 30 1830- A devastating tornado strikes Charlotte and surrounding areas. The tornado levels all but two buildings, including the first courthouse -- a two-story brick structure. The Voorhies-James house and one other building are the only ones left. Most public records from the courthouse, as well as those housed in law offices, are blown into the countryside. Some are recovered, but many are never found. Some books are found several miles away. The roof of the jail is found 13 miles away. This is the first recorded tornado ever in Middle Tennessee.
1987- Golfball size hail is reported in Montgomery County.
May 31 1830- Shelbyville is turned into "a heap of ruins" as a tornado moves through the center of town, destroying 15 homes and 38 businesses, along with churches and public buildings. A book is carried seven miles. Losses are estimated as high as $100,000. Another tornado, or a continuation of this one, touches down 20 miles northeast of Shelbyville, and destroys a farm. Another tornado hit Maury County.
1937- Temperature at Nashville reaches 96, tying the record high for the month.
June 1 1966- Temperatures at Nashville and Clarksville drop to 42 degrees, setting record lows for the month.
June 2 1998- Softball-sized hail is reported at Allons (Overton County). This is the largest known hail ever to fall in Tennessee's history. In a separate incident, lightning strikes a home on Temple Ridge Drive and starts a fire on the roof. The fire then spreads to the attic and walls of the house.
June 3 1956- Crossville's low temperature of 33 establishes a new record for the month.
1996- Golfball size hail is reported at Linden.
June 4 1985- Softball-sized hail is reported in Davidson County. This is the largest known hail ever to fall in Tennessee's history.
1998- Lightning strikes the 108-year-old St. Patrick Catholic Church on Second Avenue South in Nashville. The resulting fire significantly damages the roof and steeple.
June 5 1998- Flash flooding in Brentwood causes damage to 30 homes.
June 6 1995- A thunderstorm over Palmyra (Montgomery County) produces golfball size hail and wind damage.
June 7 1995- A home in Triune (Williamson County) is badly damaged in a fire started by lightning.
June 8 1872- Nashville records 2.56" of rainfall.
June 9 1994- An estimated 9½" of rain fall in a four-hour period producing flash flooding in Waynesboro. Sixteen homes are damaged and 31 residents are evacuated from their homes.
June 10 1998- A hailstorm at Smithville produces golfball-size hail. Seventy cars and 17 homes are damaged. Wind driven hailstones cause holes in the siding of homes. Damage is estimated at $750,000.
1999- Lightning strikes a substation on Eddy Lane in Franklin. The lightning damages a breaker, insulators, and lightning arrestors. Eight thousand customers are without power.
June 11 2003- The mean temperature at Nashville of 75 degrees is one degree above normal, ending a remarkable streak of 22 consecutive cooler-than-normal days.
June 12 1968- Golfball size hail is reported in Putnam County.
June 13 1953- Wind gust of 61 mph is recorded at Nashville.
June 14 1948- Nashville measures 3.08" of rain.
June 15 1914- Wind gust of 65 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1952- The temperature at Nashville climbs to 100 degrees -- the earliest date ever for a 100 degree reading.
June 16 1966- An F1 tornado touches down briefly near Hartsville (Trousdale County). No injuries are reported.
June 17 2000- Lightning strikes a garage in Shop Springs (Wilson County). The fire destroys the garage and leaps to a nearby house. The fire severely damages the rear of the house, the second floor, and the roof. Many other rooms in the house receive smoke and water damage.
June 18 1934- Clarksville sets a station record for most rainfall in 1 day, measuring 6.30".
1944- Thermometer tops out at 109 degrees at Clarksville -- the hottest ever seen in June.
June 19 1995- Lightning is responsible for a house fire in Normandy (Bedford County).
June 20 1997- Golfball size hail is reported in Fentress County.
June 21 2000- Lightning strikes the Saxony Apartments, one of the oldest apartment complexes in Cookeville. Flames race through the common attic of a 10 apartment, two story wood structure unit at a high rate of speed. Ten families are left homeless. The Saxony Apartment complex is about 30 years old. When it was built, codes regulations did not require draft stop walls in the attic. Damage estimate is $1 million.
June 22 1988- Summer begins with a record heat wave. Nashville's high of 100 degrees is the second in a six-day string of 100+ readings.
June 23 1969- Two young children are drowned in Red Boiling Springs as 7.95" of rain falls between 330 AM and 830 AM, causing significant flooding along Salt Lick Creek and some $2 million dollars in property damage in the community. One-day rainfall records are set at Lafayette (6.80"), North Springs (4 NW) (6.70"), and Portland (8.05").
June 24 1910- Wind gust of 60 mph is recorded at Nashville.
June 25 1911- Nashville sees a remarkable 3.79" of rainfall.
June 26 1994- Middle Tennessee is struck by 3 tornadoes during the evening. The worst is an F3, which travels a remarkable 38 miles, touching down at Lutts (Wayne County), and traveling southeastward, passing through Iron City and St. Joseph before crossing the Alabama state line. There are 22 injuries, but no fatalities. Six more persons are injured along a 4 mile F2 path near Altamont (Grundy County). And an F1 touches down near Topsy (Wayne County), cutting a 5 mile path, but with no reported injuries.
June 27 1923- Wind gust of 62 mph is recorded at Nashville.
June 28 1928- A severe weather outbreak produces 5 tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, beginning on the afternoon of the 28th, and continuing into the next morning. All tornadoes are classified as F2. One person is killed in Davidson County. Another 38 injuries are reported overall.
June 29 1928- Allardt records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 6.75". Nashville records its greatest one-day rainfall for June, measuring 4.22".
1936- Temperature at Allardt reaches 104, setting an all-time record high.
2012- An abnormally hot, dry air mass settles over Middle Tennessee. Nashville sets its all-time record high temperature with a 109 degree reading. Crossville also sets a new all-time record high at 102. It's only the 2nd time Crossville has ever reached triple digits. Other all-time record highs are set at Neapolis (110), Woodbury (110), Columbia (109), Kingston Springs (109), Cheatham Dam (108), Franklin (108), Lafayette (108), Shelbyville (108), Sparta (108), Mt. Pleasant (107), Celina (106), Lawrenceburg (106), McMinnville (106), Old Hickory Dam (106), Portland (106), Pulaski (106), Springfield (106), Bethpage (105), Cookeville (105), Gainesboro (105), Jamestown (103), and Monterey (103).
June 30 1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 106, marking the 8th consecutive day of 100+ degree readings, a record.
July 1 2012- Nashville's high temperature reaches 105, giving the city 4 straight days of 105+ degree readings for the first time in history.
July 2 1999- The home of a prominent Dickson physician burns to the ground being struck by lightning. No one is injured. Damage is estimated at $200,000.
July 3 1936- Tullahoma records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 8.25", as well as McMinnville, with 7.37".
1952- The temperature at Nashville hits 94 degrees, the 31st consecutive day with 90+ degree readings. The average high temperature during this remarkable stretch is 97.3 degrees.
July 4 1941- Byrdstown's 8.05" deluge of rainfall sets a station record.
1995- A man is killed by a lightning strike while working on a barn roof at Rushing Springs (Overton County). Another man is injured by a lightning strike while sitting on his front porch in Joelton. Wind gust of 58 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1997- A swath of hail, from marble to dime size, strikes between the towns of Sandy Springs and Ridgetop. The hail storm damages 100 acres of tobacco. Damage estimate to the tobacco crop by the Robertson County Department of Agriculture is $440,000.
July 5 1883- Wind gust of 61 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1968- Clarksville establishes a new record low for July, with a reading of 47 degrees. Crossville's 50 degrees sets a daily record low.
July 6 1930- It is a sultry day in one of the most oppressive heat waves in Middle Tennessee history. The high at Nashville reaches 99 degrees, following a morning low of 76. The mean temperature of 88 degrees sets a record for this date. The temperature at Tullahoma and Waynesboro also climbs to 99 degrees. Franklin and McMinnville hit 100; Dover, 101; and Lewisburg, 103.
July 7 1999- Four fully-loaded mobile homes are struck by lightning at the Oakwood Homes on Highway 31 in Pulaski. Damage is estimated at $150,000.
July 8 1954- The temperature at Nashville reaches 90 degrees, the 31st consecutive day with 90+ degree readings.
July 9 1988- Temperature at Lebanon (3 W) reaches 105 degrees.
July 10 1886- Wind gust of 75 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1961- Temperature at Crossville falls to 46, setting a low mark for July.
July 11 1901- An unusually hot day across the mid state, as Nashville hits 102 degrees. Some of the country stations measure as high as 107. Clarksville records 104, Ashwood, 106, and Lewisburg, 104.
July 12 1914- Byrdstown sets a record high with 101 degrees.
1930- In one of Middle Tennessee's most oppressive heat waves ever, Clarksville's 110 degrees sets a record high for July.
1980- Temperature at Livingston reaches 108, setting an all-time record high.
July 13 1956- An F1 tornado touches down briefly at Cedar Springs, near Monterey. No injuries are reported.
2004- A wind gust of 67 mph is measured at the Nashville International Airport as an evening thunderstorm complex produces wind damage in every Middle Tennessee county.
July 14 1954- Low temperature of 85 is Nashville's highest mimimum temperature on record. In addition, the mean temperature of 95 degrees ties a record high.
1998- Lawrenceburg records its greatest one-day rainfall ever -- 8.76" -- giving a two-day total of 12.26". Numerous roads are closed due to high water. Two persons are killed, 20 are injured, 122 homes are damaged or destroyed, 13 mobile homes and several small bridges are swept away. One hundred people are evacuated from their homes. Eighteen businesses sustain water damage. One home has 29" of water in it. The water and sewage plant are left inoperable, and residents have no water or bath facilities. This is also the largest known two-day rainfall total in Middle Tennessee history.
July 15 1966- One person is injured in Columbia by an F1 tornado.
July 16 1980- Crossville's 101 degrees sets a record high for July. This is the 1st time the temperature has ever reached triple digits at Crossville.
1984- Neapolis records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 8.14".
2009- Lewisburg 5 NE establishes a new Middle Tennessee one-day rainfall record, measuring 9.57".
July 17 1980- Fayetteville sets a new record high at 103 degrees.
July 18 1980- An oppressive heat wave produces the 5th of 6 consecutive daily record highs at Crossville. The high today hits 96 degrees.
July 19 1921- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for July, with 4.02".
July 20 2000- Severe thunderstorm winds down numerous trees and power lines across Lincoln County, especially between Fayetteville and Coldwater. Some trees fall on cars. One man is killed flying a gyrocopter in the southern Vanntown area, just off Holster Creek Road.
July 21 1994- Two persons are injured by lightning while hanging gutters on a house in Crossville.
July 22 1901- Ashwood and Dover set all-time record highs with readings of 110 degrees.
1995- Six people attending an outdoor carnival in Murfreesboro are injured when lightning strikes a nearby power pole. A large tree is destroyed by a separate lightning strike.
1996- Flash flooding hits Auburntown (Cannon County) after an estimated 6" of rain falls in 3 hours. Sanders Fork and Marshall Creek, which join in the center of Auburntown, rise out of their banks. As a result, nearly every building in the downtown business district is flooded. Some homes are also damaged. Losses are estimated at $200,000.
July 23 1947- Temperature at Nashville drops to 51, setting a record low for the month.
July 24 1957- Sparta records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 6.10".
1999- A Livingston farmer is injured as lightning strikes the fence he was touching, leaving him unconscious. A neighbor performs CPR. The farmer is taken to the hospital and recovers.
July 25 1986- Golfball size hail is reported in Grundy County.
July 26 1952- One of the most notorious heat waves assaults Nashville with its first of four consecutive daily record high temperatures. Today, the murcury rises to 103 degrees. The air mass is unusually dry, though, with a temperature range of 40 degrees, following a pleasant morning low of 63.
July 27 1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 107, setting a record high for July. Clarksville sets an all-time record high with 110 degrees.
July 28 1930- Madison records a temperature of 112 degrees, tying the all-time record high for Middle Tennessee. The mean temperature of 95 degrees measured at Nashville is also an all-time record.
1952- Temperature at Nashville reaches 107 for the 2nd consecutive day. All-time record highs are set at Centerville and Palmetto (109), Tullahoma (106), and Monteagle (101).
July 29 1930- Record high temperatures occur at Coldwater and Lewisburg, with 110 degrees, in addition to Lynnville (109) and Hohenwald (108).
1952- Temperature at Smithville hits 110 degrees, setting an all-time record. Waynesboro reaches 108, setting a record high there, as well.
July 30 1999- The thermometer hits 101 degrees at Nashville. It is the hottest temperature observed in the city in nearly nine years.
July 31 1897- Hohenwald receives 7.33" of rain -- a one-day record that still stands for that locale.
August 1 1916- Nashville measures 2.58" of rain.
August 2 1988- Oppressive heat wave stretches into August. Thermometer at Nashville climbs to 99 degrees.
August 3 1893- Carthage receives its most rainfall ever in one day, measuring 8.35".
August 4 1997- A home near Manchester catches fire after being struck by lightning.
August 5 1954- The temperature at Nashville reaches 97 degrees, the 27th consecutive day with 90+ degree readings. This is the 3rd longest such period in Nashville's history. In addition, the high temperature has reached at least 90 degrees on 58 out of the last 59 days.
August 6 1947- Temperature at Nashville reaches 101 degrees, the third straight day with readings above 100.
August 7 1930- One of the most notorious heat waves is underway in Middle Tennessee. Nashville's 104 degrees is the second of 4 consecutive days with highs greater than 100.
August 8 1930- The heat wave continues, as Carthage and Lebanon set their all-time record highs with readings of 111 degrees. Clarksville sets a record high for August -- 109 degrees. Other readings include Allardt, 102, Cookeville, 105, Crossville Experiment Station, 99, Dover, 107, Franklin, 104, Lewisburg, 108, McMinnville, 105, Nashville, 104, Tullahoma, 102, and Waynesboro, 104.
2001- A freak ball of lightning peels the bark off a tree and flashes through the crawl space of a nearby house under construction in Fairview. Two workers are injured.
August 9 1898- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for August, with 5.20".
1930- The mercury soars to 110 degrees at Dickson, setting an all-time mark there.
August 10 1980- Crossville sets its 5th consecutive daily record high temperature with a reading of 95 degrees.
August 11 1970- Dickson records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 7.05".
1998- Lightning strikes and kills a man while working in his tobacco field in the Wirmingham community in northeast Overton County. The lightning bolt injures 2 others nearby.
August 12 1999- A house in Burns (Dickson County) is struck by lightning and burns to the ground. Firefighters claim the size of the home and extent of the fire require a large volume of water. The Dickson Fire Department and Fairview Fire Department are involved in fighting the blaze.
August 13 1881- Temperature at Nashville hits 103 degrees for the second consecutive day.
August 14 1930- Nashville gets 3.98" of rainfall.
August 15 1954- Temperature at Nashville hits 102 degrees. It's the highest temperature ever observed on this date, and marks day 2 of a 3-day run with highs above 100.
August 16 1954- Temperature at Murfreesboro (5 N) reaches 109, setting an all-time record high.
2007- In the midst of one of the worst droughts in Middle Tennessee's history, the temperature at Nashville climbs to 106 degrees, setting a record high for the month. It is only the fifth time in Nashville's history that this mark has been hit. It is the fifth consecutive day with 100+ degree readings -- the 9th in the last ten days -- and also the twelfth consecutive day of at least 99 degrees. Waverly sets a new all-time record high with a 106-degree reading, and Linden ties its record high at 105.
August 17 2007- All-time record highs are set at Lafayette (105), Neapolis (109), and Portland (105).These records would eventually fall together on June 29, 2012.
August 18 1954- Record heat wave pushes toward late summer, as Nashville hits 102 degrees. Morning low was a miserable 79.
August 19 1997- Baseball-size hail is reported at Elmwood (Smith County). In another incident, lightning strikes the chimney of a house in Portland, and sends rocks, weighing as much as 50 pounds, 50 to 75 feet into the yard. The lightning charrs a television antenna, twists several feet of gutters, and pulverizes 2 or 3 television sets inside the home.
August 20 1983- Nashville's high of 101 is the first of four straight 100+ readings.
August 21 1983- Crossville reports its highest temperature ever in August, at 99 degrees.
August 22 1956- Crossville's low of 42 degrees establishes a new record for the month.
August 23 1961- Baseball-size hail is reported in Smith County.
August 24 1876- Nashville gets a rare August downpour of 2.65".
August 25 1999- Livingston records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 5.80".
August 26 2007- Temperature hits 94 degrees at Nashville, the 32nd consecutive day with 90+ degree readings, a record. The average high temperature during this remarkable stretch is 98.2 degrees.
August 27 1992- Middle Tennessee is hit by 3 F0 tornadoes. Four people are injured near Lewisburg.
August 28 1963- Nashville measures 4.10" of rainfall.
August 29 1963- One-day rainfall records are set at Pulaski (7.06") and Shelbyville (6.69").
1986- A low temperature of 44 degrees breaks Clarksville's record for August. In addition, Crossville's 44 degrees and Nashville's 49 set new daily record lows.
1990- Wind gust of 70 mph is recorded at Nashville. In Crossville, a severe thunderstorm produces wind damage and a rare hailstorm that injures 11 people. Hailstones in the shape of bricks crash through windshields and rooftops. The Farm Bureau alone reports 8,000 claims totaling $18,000,000.
August 30 2005- Remnants of Hurricane Katrina move into Middle Tennessee. Nashville measures 1.97" of rainfall. Clarksville records 2.07 inches, while Crossville receives 0.99 inches. Winds gust as high as 40 miles an hour at all three locations.
August 31 1946- Temperature at Nashville drops to 47, setting a record low for the month.
1982- Dover records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, measuring 7.60", as well as Gainesboro, with 6.16".
September 1 1979- A home in Centerville is hit by lightning and completely destroyed. It marks the third time the house has been hit by lightning since being built in 1970.
1995- An Estill Springs man sustains minor injuries as he sits outside on his patio. Lightning strikes a nearby tree and runs through the ground, then up the legs of the metal chair. He suffers a stiff neck and shoulders, and temporary memory loss.
September 2 1954- An arid air mass produces some rarely observed temperature ranges across the mid state. At Crossville, the morning low of 44 degrees sets a record for this date. The temperature subsequently rises to 90 during the afternoon -- just 2 degrees off the record high. At Nashville, a 40-degree difference between high (95) and low (55) is observed.
September 3 1954- Arid weather continues, as Nashville hits 101 degrees, following a morning low of 60. At Crossville, the high temperature hits 93, despite a morning low of 50 degrees.
September 4 1986- Murfreesboro (5 N) records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, measuring 8.13".
September 5 1954- Mount Pleasant (1 N) sets its all-time record high with a reading of 105 degrees. At 106 degrees, Clarksville measures its highest temperature ever in September, as does Nashville, with a 105-degree reading, and Crossville, with 99 degrees.
September 6 1925- Temperature at Crossville (Experiement Station) reaches 103, setting an all-time record high.
September 7 1925- A late-summer heat wave brings the hottest temperature ever recorded in Middle Tennessee as Clarksville observes a reading of 112 degrees. (The record high for the entire state of Tennessee is 113 (Perryville, 8/9/1930).) Pinewood tops out at 108 degrees.
September 8 1925- Late summer heat wave continues. Temperature at Nashville tops out at a record 100 degrees -- the 6th of 7 seven consecutive days with triple digit readings. The morning low of 80 degrees is a record "warm low" for the date.
September 9 1970- Lebanon (7 N) measures 4.83" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day rainfall ever.
September 10 1895- Nashville measures 4.93" of rainfall.
September 11 1983- The temperature at Nashville reaches 100 degrees -- the latest date ever for a 100 degree reading.
September 12 2000- The Rutherford County communications center on Old Salem Road loses all radio and telephone lines, and its 911 call board, after taking a lightning strike. Dispatchers are forced to move into the EMS director's mobile unit in the parking lot.
September 13 1979- Nashville records 6.60" of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Frederic strike the mid state. Rainfall intensity record for 3 hours (4.12") is set. It's the greatest one-day rainfall ever recorded in September.
1995- Centerville records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 6.35".
September 14 1979- One-day rainfall records are set at Kingston Springs (7.57"), Lebanon (3 W) (6.51"), Old Hickory Dam (5.48"), Orlinda (5.20"), and Springfield (6.24").
September 15 1881- Nashville measures 4.21" of rainfall.
September 16 1927- Very summer-like weather is felt across the mid state. The afternoon temperature hits 98 degrees at Nashville.
September 17 1912- According to one newspaper account, "A terrific windstorm struck Northeastern Montgomery County, Tennessee, and Southeastern Todd County, Kentucky, yesterday afternoon, destroying five residences and six tobacco barns. Total loss in this section, $75,000. A flock of several hundred sparrows was blown again[st] a wall and killed."
September 18 1887- Nashville measures 3.12" of rainfall, for a 2-day total of 4.66".
September 19 1954- One of the hottest summers on record continues its strangle-hold on the mid state. Nashville's high hits 97 degrees, Crossville gets to 93.
September 20 1999- Lightning strikes the upper floor of a Portland home, setting it on fire. One of the rooms sustains heavy damage. Firemen are on the scene for about 3½ hours. The house suffers considerable smoke and water damage.
September 21 1909- Wind gust of 60 mph is recorded at Nashville.
1956- Low temperature of 33 degrees sets a new mark for September at Crossville.
September 22 1983- Temperature at Nashville drops to 36, tying the record low for the month. Crossville's low of 33 ties the record low for the month.
September 23 1891- Clarksville's low temperature of 29 degrees establishes a new record for the month.
September 24 1983- Temperature at Nashville drops to 36 for the 2nd time in three days.
September 25 1977- An F0 tornado cuts a 5-mile path across Cumberland County, near Homestead and Dorton. No injuries are reported.
September 26 2001- Nashville's low of 38 degrees is the coldest ever observed on this date.
September 27 2002- The remnants of Tropical Storm Isidore move across Middle Tennessee during the overnight hours. Waverly sets a new single-day rainfall record with 8.18". Other 24-hour rainfall totals include Tennessee Ridge, with 8.16"; McEwen, 7.29"; Dover/Ft. Donelson, 6.61"; Port Royal, 6.22"; Clifton, 5.64"; Linden, 5.63"; Pinewood, 5.29"; Waynesboro, 5.21"; Sparta, 5.20"; Springfield, 5.20"; and Kingston Springs, 5.15".
September 28 1906- Nashville culminates its second-wettest September ever with 2.60" of rainfall.
September 29 1944- Ashwood is innundated with a station record 6.02" of rain.
1964- Smithville records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 6.35", as well as Cookeville, with 6.06".
September 30 1949- Temperature at Nashville drops to 36, setting a record low for the month.
October 1 1953- Temperature at Clarksville reaches 97 degrees, setting a record high for the month, as does Nashville, with a reading of 94 degrees.
October 2 1974- Crossville experiences its earliest freeze ever as the temperature dips to 31.
1984- Temperature at Nashville drops to 32 -- the earliest freeze ever.
1986- Crossville ties its record high for October with a reading of 86 degrees.
October 3 1974- An early autumn cold snap sends temperatures to record low values. Crossville checks in with 26 degrees. It is the 3rd of 4 consecutive daily record low temperatures.
October 4 1954- High temperature at Crossville hits 86 degrees, setting a new record for October.
October 5 1954- Temperature tops out at 86 degrees at Crossville for the second consecutive day.
1995- Remnants of Hurricane Opal move across Middle Tennessee. Southern Cumberland County receives as much as 7.80" of rain. Minor river flooding is produced along the Sequatchie Basin.
October 6 1910- Nashville is hit with 2.41" of rain.
October 7 1941- Temperature at Nashville climbs to 93 degrees for the second straight day.
October 8 1959- Nashville measures 2.93" of rain for a 3-day total of 4.75".
October 9 1980- A unusually warm spell sees temperatures climb to 91 at Nashville, 83 at Crossville -- the highest temperatures ever observed on this date at either location.
October 10 1980- The temperature at Nashville reaches 90 degrees -- the latest date ever for a 90 degree reading.
October 11 1906- An early freeze occurs at Nashville, as the morning temperature bottoms out at 29 degrees.
October 12 2000- A cold snap brings several days of unusually cold weather to the mid state. Morning low at Crossville hits the freezing mark. It is the fourth daily record low temperature there in the last 5 days.
October 13 2000- Dry weather continues. Despite at start of 38 degrees, the afternoon temperature at Nashville soars to 81. The high temperature hits 75 at Crossville, despite having dropped to 35 for a morning low.
October 14 1909- An F2 tornado strikes Coffee County, passing south of Wartrace and Manchester, and ending near Hillsboro. Six persons are injured. Many barns are destroyed. Overall, five tornadoes strike Middle Tennessee.
October 15 1947- Unseasonably warm weather continues across Middle Tennessee. Nashville's high tops out at 89 degrees.
October 16 1932- A wet day for Nashvillians, as 2.98" of rain is measured.
October 17 1928- Nashville records its greatest one-day rainfall for October, with 3.18".
October 18 1972- Crossville measures 2.42" of rain. Nashville is not far behind with 2.33".
October 19 1948- A cold snap brings the 3rd consecutive day of sub-freezing temperatures to Nashville, with a morning low of 29 degrees. Clarksville gets down to 26 degrees for the 2nd day in a row.
October 20 1870- Official weather record-keeping begins at Nashville. Observation site is located in a building at 70½ Cherry Street (between Church & Union Streets).
October 21 1929- Nashville is drenched with 2.14" of rain.
October 22 1987- Temperature at Nashville drops to 26, tying the record low for the month.
October 23 1963- A prolonged warm spell settles over the mid state. Crossville's 79 degrees represents the 4th consecutuve daily record high temperature.
October 24 1981- A winter-like cold snap brings record cold to Middle Tennessee. Clarksville's 20 degrees breaks the record low for the month there. Crossville's 25 degrees ties the daily record low, and Nashville breaks its daily record with 28 degrees.
2001- An F2 tornado touches down in Manchester at 9:13 p.m. There is some damage, but no injuries are reported.
October 25 1955- Despite a frigid morning low of 21 degrees, Crossville's temperature jumps 42 degrees to top out at a pleasant 63.
October 26 1920- Nashville gets soaked with 2.08" of rain.
October 27 1988- Nashville's temperature rockets 43 degrees from a morning low of 29 to an afternoon high of 72.
October 28 1957- A cold wave brings record low temperatures to the mid state. Nashville observes a reading of 28 degrees. Crossville drops to 20.
October 29 1925- Temperature at Nashville drops to 26, setting a record low for the month.
October 30 1925- Nashville records earliest measureable snowfall, with 1".
1952- Temperature at Nashville drops to 26, tying the record low for the month.
October 31 1951- Nashville measures 2.30" of rain.
November 1 1870- New weather office in Nashville transmits its first weather report via telegraph.
1987- Crossville reports a high temperature of 79 degrees, a new record for November.
November 2 1935- Temperature at Nashville reaches 85, setting a record high for the month.
1966- A rare, early-season snowstorm strikes the mid state, as Nashville ties its record for greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2".
November 3 1966- Cookeville measures 15.2" of snowfall -- its greatest one-day snowfall ever -- as well as Woodbury, with 13", and Livingston (5 NE), with 10½".
2003- An unseasonably warm spell brings record warmth to the mid state. Nashville's 82 degrees breaks the daily record, and Crossville's 79 degrees ties the record high for November.
November 4 1994- A Bethpage man is injured by a lightning strike while working in his back yard.
November 5 1948- An F2 tornado touches down in northwest Giles County, and travels for 7 miles, crossing into Maury County before lifting. No injuries are reported.
November 6 1885- An F2 tornado touches down near Estill Springs, resulting in 3 fatalities and 8 injuries.
November 7 1996- An F2 tornado cuts a 25 mile path across Franklin County, touching down west of Huntland. The tornado lifts near Belvidere, then skips to Dechard, Oak Grove, and Alto. There is only 1 reported injury.
November 8 1957- An F2 tornado touches down at Rebel Acres, near Pulaski, during the early morning. The twister travels northeastward for 5 miles before lifting. Amazingly, no one is injured.
November 9 1990- Nashville measures 2.58" of rainfall.
November 10 2002- Middle Tennessee suffers one of its worst autumn severe weather outbreaks ever. Four tornadoes strike the Highland Rim during the early morning, with 2 fatalities in Port Royal. Then, following record high temperatures at Nashville (81) and Crossville (75), severe weather re-ignites during the late afternoon, with widespread wind damage, hail, and 8 additional tornadoes. Lake Tansi Village, south of Crossville, is hardest hit, as a supercell produces baseball-size hail and an F3 tornado, killing 4. Two additional fatalities occur at New Union (Coffee County) as the result of two F2 tornadoes there. In addition to the 8 fatalities, 51 injuries are reported across the area.
November 11 1960- An unusually strong cold outbreak produces a low of 19 degrees at Crossville, 20 at Nashville.
November 12 1911- An early-morning twister strikes Joelton, causing significant damage and injuring 3 persons. Following an early high temperature of 73 degrees, a strong cold front brings 48 mile per hour winds to Nashville, followed by a 40-degree drop in temperature in just 6 hours.
November 13 1933- The first dust storm of the great dust bowl era of the 1930's occurs. The dust storm, which spread eastward, reduces the visibility to ½ mile in Tennessee.
November 14 1951- An F2 tornado touches down briefly between the Elkton and Prospect communities in Giles County. There are no reported injuries.
November 15 2005- A rare cool-season tornado outbreak produces 16 twisters across the mid state. One person is injured in Collinwood (Wayne County). Fortunately, no fatalities are reported. This is the 4th largest tornado outbreak ever to strike Middle Tennessee.
November 16 1955- A strong cold front produce a 44-degree temperature drop at Crossville, from a daytime high of 69 degrees to 25. A 43-degree drop occurs at Nashville, as the temperature falls to 30 degrees by midnight, following a daytime high of 73.
November 17 1906- Nashville measures 3.17" of rainfall.
November 18 1957- An F2 tornado cuts a 15 mile path across Fentress County, including the Armathwaite community. There is only 1 reported injury.
November 19 1906- An F2 tornado strikes the Mulberry community in Lincoln County, resulting in 8 injuries.
November 20 1900- F4 tornado cuts a devastating swath 300 yards wide and 8 miles long along the northwest edge of Columbia. Hardin, Wayne, and Lewis Counties may have had related tornado activity before the storm reached Columbia. Most deaths are in the Macedonia community, 2 miles west of Columbia, where the homes and cabins are "turned into kindling wood." The funnel was moving northeastward, heading for the center of Columbia, but turns suddenly to the north. Damage is estimated at $40,000. The tornado kills 27, and injures 75. It is the 4th deadliest tornado to ever strike Middle Tennessee. An F3 tornado kills 9 and injures 40 along a 25-mile path across Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford Counties.
November 21 1942- A spring-like day is enjoyed at Nashville, with a high of 77 degrees, and a low of 63.
November 22 1929- Five inches of snow fall at Nashville, the most ever measured on this date.
November 23 1983- An F1 tornado touches down near Hurricane Mills (Humphreys County). No one is injured.
November 24 1950- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2".
November 25 1950- Temperature at Clarksville plummets to -2 degrees, setting a record low for the month. Nashville's -1 also establishes a monthly record.
November 26 1925- F3 tornado touches down near Charlotte (Dickson County). Two farms, six miles apart, lost buildings. Timber is downed between the two farms. On the first farm, a two story log home is blown apart. Logs were driven into the ground 100 yards away. Damage is estimated at $10,000.
1985- Wind gust of 60 mph is recorded at Nashville.
November 27 1994- An F0 tornado cuts a 2 mile path through Bumpus Mills (Stewart County). No injuries are reported.
November 28 1931- An unusual late-season warm spell produces an 88-degree reading at Clarksville. It's the highest mark ever observed there in November.
November 29 1955- Low temperature of 5 degrees sets a monthly record at Crossville.
2001- Nashville measures 3.46" of rain.
November 30 1997- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for November, with 4.20". High water covers Highways 41 and 31A in the southeast part of town. A number of motorists are stranded in their vehicles and have to be rescued.
2001- Heavy rainfall event spanning 2 days ends with significant localized and river flooding across much of western Middle Tennessee. Some stations report large precipitation totals spanning the 2 days, including Clifton (8.44"), Dover (7.02"), Waverly (5.90"), Linden (5.77"), Lobelville (5.35"), Pinewood (5.10"), and Centerville (5.06"). The Stewart County Highway Department reports 14.6" of rainfall in 24 hours, and 24" over ten days.
December 1 1982- A mild air mass bring record warmth to Middle Tennessee. Nashville records a high of 70, with a low of 62.
December 2 1991- Nashville measures 3.07" of rainfall, for a 3-day total of 5.96". Crossville receives 3.57" for a remarkable 3-day total of 8.16".
December 3 1982- Temperature at Nashville reaches 79, setting a record high for the month.
December 4 1977- Baseball-size hail is reported in Maury County.
1982- Crossville's high of 72 degrees is a new December record.
December 5 1977- Baseball-size hail is reported in Putnam County.
December 6 1937- A chilly day brings record cold to the mid state. Nashville's low temperature is 11, with the high reaching just 17 degrees.
December 7 1989- A winter storm leaves 40,000 homes around Nashville without electricity for several hours.
December 8 1917- Dover sets a station record with an even foot of snow.
1978- Nashville records greatest one-day rainfall for December, with 4.46".
December 9 1917- It's a cold day in Middle Tennessee. Clarksville sees the mercury plunge to -12 degrees, which sets a new record low for December. Other readings include Crossville Experiment Station, -11, McMinnville, -1, and Nashville, 0.
December 10 1917- A record cold air mass penetrates Middle Tennessee. Nashville's low temperature is 1 degree, with a high reaching just 15.
December 11 1962- It's the beginning of a record cold outbreak in Middle Tennessee. Nashville's temperature drops to 3 degrees after a snowfall of 2.8". Crossville's low sinks to -2.
December 12 1935- Crossville (Experiment Station) records its greatest one-day snowfall ever, with 12".
December 13 1956- Lynnville measures 5.62" of rainfall.
1962- Temperature drops to -17 degrees at Crossville, a record low for December.
December 14 1951- Nashville gets soaked with 2.91" of rainfall.
December 15 1901- A strong cold front ushers in a blast of arctic air. Nashville's temperature sinks to -2 degrees following the previous day's high of 42.
December 16 2000- An F1 tornado touches down north of Cash Point (Lincoln County), cutting a 2-mile path. No injuries are reported.
December 17 1915- Nashville records 2.72" of rainfall.
December 18 1916- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for December, measuring 6".
December 19 1924- A pleasant late autumn warm spell comes to an abrupt halt as a strong cold front sweeps through the mid state. The temperature at Nashville drops from a high of 67 degrees to 17 degrees by midnight.
December 20 1926- Nashville gets 2.03" of rain. This marks the beginning of a 2-day stretch that will see 5.52" fall on the city.
December 21 1989- The beginning of perhaps the worst December cold wave ever sees Nashville's temperature drop to -2. Crossville bottoms out at 0.
December 22 1989- Temperature at Clarksville drops to -12, tying the record low for the month. Nashville breaks its monthly record with a reading of -10. Crossville's -8 degrees sets a new daily mark.
1990- Winchester records its greatest one-day rainfall ever, with 7.52".
December 23 1963- Tullahoma receives 10" of snowfall -- its greatest one-day snow ever -- as well as Waverly, with 9½", and Kingston Springs, 8".
1990- The Elk River at Fayetteville reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 29½', which is 12.0' above flood stage. Monteagle records 7.66" of rainfall -- its greatest one-day total ever.
1998- Ice storm strikes much of northern Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. Damage in some areas eclipses that from the 1994 ice storm. Warren and Coffee Counties are the hardest hit. Eighty percent of Coffee County residents are without electricity.
December 24 1963- The high temperature at Nashville reaches just 32 degrees. This is the 7th consecutive day in which temperatures have remained below freezing, tying a record. During this stretch, the temperature has never risen above 32 degrees, nor fallen below 5 degrees.
1988- F4 tornado tears a path from the Rebel Meadows area of Franklin to the Brenthaven area of Brentwood. The tornado destroys 54 homes, 13 apartment units, 31 businesses, and 6 parked airplanes. A man is killed when a roof caves in. The tornado travels 6 miles with a path width of 150 yards. There are $50 million in damages, and 7 injuries.
December 25 1969- Nashville records its greatest Christmas Day snowfall ever, measuring 2.7".
December 26 1911- Nashville measures 4.06" of rainfall.
December 27 1982- Middle Tennessee experiences record warmth, as Nashville's high reaches 75 degrees. Crossville gets up to 67.
December 28 1894- A cold snap brings record low temperatures to the mid state. Nashville's high struggles to just 10 degrees after a low temperature of 3.
December 29 1969- Nashville measures 2.18" of rainfall during the 2nd day of a 3-day wet spell that produces 4.86". Crossville's 3.46" contributes to a 3-day total of 7.60".
December 30 1926- The Cumberland River at Carthage reaches its highest stage ever recorded -- 59.8', which is 19.8' above flood stage.
December 31 1927- A cold front drops the temperature at Nashville a remarkable 56 degrees -- from a high of 58 to 2 degrees the following day.
1932- Sewanee measures 6.10" of rainfall, its most ever in a single day.
1951- Temperature soars to 80 degrees at Clarksville, setting a new record for December. Nashville's 76 degrees breaks the daily record high there.
1967- Portland measures 7.1" of snowfall -- its greatest one-day snow ever.

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