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article imagePhoto Essay: Ominous clouds give way to beautiful sunset Special

Nashville - Winter in the southern part of the United States can be unpredictable, with unseasonably warm weather one day, followed by a cold front and heavy storms the next. That is particularly true in many parts of Tennessee.
For the past seven to ten days, the Middle Tennessee area has seen temperatures ranging between 64-70 degrees. The average normal temperature for this time of year is 54 degrees. The unusually warm temperatures makes for wonderful weather, but when a winter cold front does move through, it can make for powerful storms. Such was the case on Monday, when strong thunderstorms moved through Nashville and surrounding areas.
Storm clouds rolling into Nashville  TN on Dec. 17  2012
Storm clouds rolling into Nashville, TN on Dec. 17, 2012
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Thunderstorm moving into Nashville  TN on Dec. 17  2012.
Thunderstorm moving into Nashville, TN on Dec. 17, 2012.
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Ominous looking storm clouds in Nashville  TN
Ominous looking storm clouds in Nashville, TN
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Lighting strike as seen through a car window.
Lighting strike as seen through a car window.
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The changes in weather have caused tornadoes in the past. Although March-October marks the normal tornado season for Nashville, unseasonably warm weather followed by a cold front has been known to cause tornadoes in the area. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1988, an F-4 tornado hit the Cool Springs area just south of Nashville, killing one person.
Thankfully, the severe thunderstorms that swept through Nashville on Monday, did not result in a tornado. It did provide the area with heavy rains before the clouds began to clear, leaving way for a beautiful winter sunset.
Lighting strike from Dec. 17  2912 thunderstorm in Nashville  TN.
Lighting strike from Dec. 17, 2912 thunderstorm in Nashville, TN.
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Rain drops left on the shrubs after the thunderstorm.
Rain drops left on the shrubs after the thunderstorm.
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Rain drops still cling to the leaves of a shrub after a thunderstorm.
Rain drops still cling to the leaves of a shrub after a thunderstorm.
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Raindrops can still be seen on a holly bush after a thunderstorm.
Raindrops can still be seen on a holly bush after a thunderstorm.
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A holly bush still shows signs of the hard rain that accompanied a thunderstorm.
A holly bush still shows signs of the hard rain that accompanied a thunderstorm.
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Clouds left over from a thunderstorm.
Clouds left over from a thunderstorm.
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Left over clouds from a thunderstorm in Nashville  TN.
Left over clouds from a thunderstorm in Nashville, TN.
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Clouds can still be seen at sunset.
Clouds can still be seen at sunset.
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Beautiful sunset after the thunderstorm rolls out of Nashville  TN.
Beautiful sunset after the thunderstorm rolls out of Nashville, TN.
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Sun setting after the clouds move out.
Sun setting after the clouds move out.
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