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2011 Year in Review Weather

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Also damaged were part of Wilson Central High School and its baseball field and at least four homes nearby.


Other properties, including homes and other businesses, were damaged, too, as the tornado made its way to the Hwy. 231 area, mostly affecting trees and roofs.


An EF2 tornado can have wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph. The estimated wind speed in this February 11 tornado was 120 mph, meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory said.


While the damage was severe, certainly at the Bridgestone facility, only two injuries were reported there, one a guard whose guard shack blew over, and the other an employee who was struck by debris being blown through the air. There were no fatalities.


The Bridgestone Distribution Center re-opened in September.


There was also another tornado reported that night which originated in Nashville along Smith Springs Road, came across Percy Priest Lake close to the intersection of Gladeville Circle and Stewarts Ferry Pike.


Severe weather struck Wilson County again the night of March 23 as an EF1 tornado struck near Watertown with severe damage reported to homes along Haley Road and West Old Alexandria Road.


The tornado, with winds estimated at 100 mph, also damaged roofs and trees north of Alexandria to along Lower Helton Road.


There were no injuries or fatalities reported.


Wilson County saw more snow during the winter of 2010-2011 the NWS considers the months of December, January and February as winter for meteorological purposes with 12.5 inches measured officially.


Included in that figure is Christmas 2010 with 1.1 inches of snow. NWS Meteorologist Bobby Boyd added that 0.8 inches of snow fell on Christmas Eve with another inch falling on Christmas Day. Snow depth measured 2.2 inches on Dec. 26. There was a total of 4.5 inches of snow in December 10.


January 2011 had 5.9 inches of snow and February had 2.1. Needless to say, local schools used up their allotment of snow days, and education officials set up contingency plans for more should they be needed.


Winter 2010-2011 was the 28th coldest on record, Boyd said, with the coldest temperature recorded at 7 degrees on Feb. 11, 2011. January was colder than normal, he added, with February ending warmer than normal.


Summer 2011 was the 10th hottest on record and included July as the sixth hottest. Boyd said the hottest temperature during the summer was 102 degrees on Aug. 3 with a heat index of 112.


The thing I remember most about the summer was the unusually high humidity on July 11th. We had a high temperature that day of 100 degrees and a dew point of 75 degrees which yielded a heat index of 114. I checked back through my records and this is the highest heat index I could find. Thats going back through 140 years of data.


By Jennifer Horton

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