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.
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.