Peak wind gusts around the Tennessee Valley paled in comparison to the high winds to our north.
Just north into Middle Tennessee, it was much more significant.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN 308 PM CST FRI FEB 19 2016 ...PEAK WIND GUSTS FOR FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19 2016... LOCATION PEAK WIND GUST COMMENTS /MPH/ CLARKSVILLE 49 AIRPORT ASOS NASHVILLE 45 AIRPORT ASOS SMYRNA 40 AIRPORT AWOS CROSSVILLE 38 AIRPORT ASOS COLUMBIA 38 AIRPORT AWOS SHELBYVILLE 38 AIRPORT AWOS
Yes, 49 miles per hour in Clarksville, Tennessee is about as strong a wind as you’ll get in these parts – even in windy thunderstorms. That’s not “severe,” but it’s enough to get your attention.
It was even worse up around Chicago. WGN’s Live Blog shows a lot of wind damage photos and tells some interesting stories about how the high winds impacted the high rises in the city.
The windy weather settles down on Friday night and Saturday. Then, we’ve got some rain coming in! See the video for more about why the wind was so strong and what you can expect with the wetter weather ahead: