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Saturday Storms. The Worst Two Act Screenplay In Town.

Act 1

Nashville. Williamson County. Saturday morning. A weary community awakes.

A warm front arrives. Behind it, a waterlogged atmosphere.

HRRR Model

7 AM, rain begins. Will Co first. First rain drops south of I-40. Soon the tattered rain curtain covers both counties.

Stage Manager

Heavy rain, lightning. Off and on in the morning, continuing off and on into the early afternoon.

NAM3 Model

I know I’m usually drunk and yeah it’s going to rain I think the HRRR may be overstating the amount of coverage of rain in the morning was that O’Doul’s that better not have been an O’Doul’s.

Stage Manager

Who here claims to know the future?

Theologian

Magnificent question. St. Augustine wrote tha…

Weather Nerd

Morning tornadoes unlikely. Storms should lack surface based moisture needed to make them. Forecast soundings show a low level inversion unfriendly to tornadogenesis.

Conditions may turn tornadofavorable early in the afternoon as surface moisture fills in and the low level inversion irons itself out.

Grammar Nerd

Tornadofavorable is not a word.

Stage Manager

frustrated sigh GIF by Rooster Teeth

NWS-Nashville

There is reason to think rain will be heavy in the morning. Of course we cannot say exactly where but it looks likely in Williamson and Davidson Counties.

Weather Nerd

Hail looks entirely possible in the morning and afternoon as supercold air aloft arrives, teaming with wind shear to lift and rotate hailsupportive updrafts.

Grammar Nerd

Hailsupportive is not a word you

Censors

This is a family show.

People Who Love Their Cars

/looking for a garage or covered space/

Don’t park next to that giant tree!

Stage Manager

Round 1 should end by mid to late afternoon. No specific times.

Weather Nerd

Flash Flooding is possible. Saturated grounds with a waterlogged atmosphere aloft releasing its moisture to earth. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 7 AM Saturday through 7 AM Sunday.

Truck Guy

Grunts.

If Calvin can pee on Hobbes, my truck can handle a puddle.

Insurance Adjuster

[laughing]

Nah.

[picks up the phone, dials Underwriting]

Intermission

Mid to late afternoon. Rain/Storms have stopped.

Cool People

Let’s all review our weather safety plan.

Everyone Else

Obviously yes we will do that.

Coach Campbell

Let’s make sure we have our helmets.

Emergency Responders

I hope we get zero calls from motorists stranded in flooded cars.

Hunter

Musical Salad Dressing Debaters

Act 2

A cold front. A weary city wishing sleep. A fast moving line of storm clusters rolls closer from West Tennessee. Main threats damaging straight line winds and quick, spinup tornadoes.

HRRR Model

Not quite sure about this but ETA 10 PM to 11 PM. Ask me for updates tomorrow.

Weather Nerd

Every event is different, but the risks are lower Saturday night than they were Thursday night. Little consolation if the low-risk threat lands on you.

{Flashback to the past}

The Guy It Happens To

I thought it would happen to someone else.

[end of flashback]

Weather Nerd

Tornadoes will be possible during this time.

Hail also possible.

If it starts around 10-11 PM Saturday, the worst of it should be over by 1-2 AM Sunday.

Severe thunderstorms aren’t headliners but they can really do damage.

Pete

Stage Manager

Additional rain will be unwelcome in drenched grounds and swole waterbodies. Watercovered roads hazardous at night. Darkness disorients drivers. Rescue response hampered by darkness. That was me emphasizing the flooding. Flood threats like to hide, but they are statistical leaders in loss of life.

Floody McFloody

I’ve been outed.

Storm Prediction Center

The probability of a tornado happening within 25 miles you tomorrow with either storm system is 5%. Drew ya a picture.

Probability is 15% for damaging straight line winds. Remember, that’s within 25 miles of you. Hail, also 15%. We’ll update this a few times in the morning.

Mathlete

Within 25 miles? That’s what, a total area of 1,963.5 square miles, right? So a 15% percent chance of something happening in a 1,963.5 square mile area?

Storm Prediction Center

Nice job mathlete. If the risks changes, we will update you with a Severe Thunderstorm Watch or a Tornado Watch.

NWS-Nashville

And if an event may get personal, we’ll draw you a polygon in our warning.

We also got forecast grafs, y’all. Look at us go. Note this is for all of Middle Tennessee.

Screenplay Critic

That was terrible.

Me

I know. I titled it.

Screenplay Critic

What is the matter with you?

Me

I don’t understand what’s happening. There’s no blood going to it. I’ve never had to locate it before.

I still hope Fred Savage reads it.

As always, check back for updates to the forecast, and be sure to follow @NashSevereWx on Twitter!

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