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Newly-Installed Nashville Air Quality Profiler at NWS Old Hickory

By: Astrometeor, 1:19 AM GMT on May 30, 2013

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory has deployed a mobile weather station/wind profiler to collect data at our office until July 15th. These data, along with data collected from a NOAA WP-3D research aircraft temporarily based in Smyrna, TN, will be used in a study of Southeast U.S. air quality. The near real time observations are online at:
under site name "Old Hickory."

Below, are a few photos of the profiler system presently located at the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Old Hickory, followed by an example of the type of data available at the web address listed above (i.e., a "snapshot" of Old Hickory data from May 24, 2013):

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NWS Retells a Story: The Dodoburg Tornado of May 27, 1917

By: Astrometeor, 3:45 AM GMT on May 29, 2013

The year was 1917. It was a warm Sunday late in May.
The low that particular morning in Nashville was a mild 62 degrees. The afternoon high was 84 degrees, which was pretty close to normal. Folks had probably just finished their evening meal and were beginning to enjoy the final moments of relaxation of the weekend, when dark clouds closed in on the Nashville area.

Then, between 7 and 8 pm Local Time, a tornado occurred just north of Brentwood, Tennessee and headed off to the east-northeast...toward the city of Lebanon. Along its path, were the towns of Una, Bakertown and Dodoburg. Two people were killed in the Una-Bakertown district and five people were injured in Dodoburg. Many houses and much
timber were also destroyed in Dodoburg, including an old poplar grove valued at about $30,000.

The tornado is believed to have grown to F2 strength
at some point along its path, but fortunately weakened as it passed into a residential section of Lebanon. Even still, it partially wrecked many homes and uprooted trees.

The tornado path was some 35 miles long and 200 yards wide. Total property damage from the tornado was between $150,000 and $160,000.

Heavy downpours also occurred on May 26 and 27 of 1917, with a two-day total measured at the old Nashville Weather Bureau of 3.11 inches. A 5-min gully wash of 0.56 inch recorded at the Bureau on May 27th equaled the all-time 5-min rainfall record that existed at that time.
A Historical Note and Request:

It's hard not to be fascinated by the unusual town name of Dodoburg, and the community--which was located in Wilson County, near the intersection of Mount Juliet Road and Central Pike--no longer exists. A quick search of the internet fails to bring up much information about Dodoburg. If you happen to have any information or historic photos from Dodoburg, we'd love to see them.

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Losing Educators

By: Astrometeor, 4:54 AM GMT on May 28, 2013

We are losing several staff members at my school which brings me and my fellow peers great anguish.

The first one to announce her retirement was my band teacher. She has worked for the schools for 35 years and has finally decided to get some much needed rest. She told us that she will most likely be doing some substituting, and private music lessons, but she will enjoy her newly found free time and no more responsibilities of making sure we know each correct note. While she was quite strict and knew the art of yelling well, she was arguably one of the best band conductors in the country and will be dearly missed.

Next, my former English II teacher. She is leaving for one year (from what I have heard) to go to a local university and teach teachers how to teach. She was named this year as one of the top English teachers in the nation thanks to her students' high test scores and her enjoyable class.

Third, one of our guidance secretaries will be leaving. She handled various types of paperwork and relieved the burden off of our guidance counselors. Unfortunately, her position has been cut due to the council's budget shrinking, and has been forced into an early retirement. I will miss her after all the work she has done to make sure I have everything in order at school and answering any questions that I had during her tenure at my school.

Fourth and the biggest shock to the school, our executive principal announced that she is stepping down to go be the principal at a charter middle school. This has deeply scared the school, after all, she led us for 8 years and was the best principal that has ever led at my school. Before her, there were several horrific principals that almost forced my mother to send me and my siblings to private schools. I am glad that Mom didn't have to resort to that, I have met some of my best friends and the coolest teachers ever at MLK Magnet.

Next year is my senior year, and with many uncertainties ahead, it seems my class will have to step up and make sure this school can rebound and continue to be one of the best schools in the country.

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Penn State University

By: Astrometeor, 11:38 PM GMT on May 26, 2013

So I tried out Penn State University two days after I visited Millersville University.

***Note: late posting because my time to write this vanished and when I had the time, I spent it on other unproductive tasks. I do not remember everything, but what I can I will share.***

The travel from Camp Hill to State College is about 90 miles or 1.75 hours away. Camp Hill is just outside of Harrisburg, PA. The road network to me is a bit rough, cutting through the ridges, I was happy when we finally arrived since I was a little motion-sick after the ordeal. There was still some snow on the ground in the ridges and a river that is a tributary to the Susquehanna had ice piled up on it behind a medium-sized dam.

Penn State is HUGE. Something like 13 satellite campuses spread across the state, with the main one (and the football team) stationed in the center of the camp. The whole town is built around the university, and the stadium is easily visible. Although, I was surprised to find out that Penn State seats more people than the University of Tennessee, whose stadium looks a lot bigger in girth compared with PSU. Maybe they have skinnier people up north or perhaps two to a seat. <- Lol, that explains it.

The campus is quite large. Like Millersville, they put the meteo department on the opposite side of campus. -_- The good thing was we got to walk across the place and see the "sights" and "sounds" that the campus has to offer.

One of the admissions officers invited us to her office and she talked about acceptance requirements and such, I have to write an essay about why I want to attend PSU and such. Hardest part should be making sure my counselors do their part correctly and on-time so I can be one of the first in. That would be nice.

We toured campus, somewhat ugly, what with the buildings and such, but a nice view of the mountains off in the distance. They had some statues and some things, nothing too interesting to me.

The meteor building contained all of the geology and earth-sciences in one place. Kind of small department if you ask me. But their monitor room was 3x bigger than Millersville's and a lot more roomy. Plus, they have a broadcast room too, although I am not interested in TV weather, no matter how hard the professor tried to reassure me that he too was in m position when he started out, yet now he is perfectly comfortable with TV meteorology and such.

He showed us the instruments on the roof, there was a rain gauge with wind deflectors around it, and at that time, it had just begun to flurry as a snow band moved on through so that was a little nice. Otherwise, the place had the worst view, nothing but drab sky and hideous buildings (no points for style).

We had lunch at Subway, then made our way back to our car and back to my grandmother's house 2 hours away.

This was shorter than I thought, but then again, it has been two months since this ordeal happened. Oh well...

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Favorite Number

By: Astrometeor, 9:52 PM GMT on May 26, 2013

I thought about this while I have been going back and finishing up my Penn State blog. I was thinking about my favorite number. 27 is my favorite number, especially since that is my birthday, and I have two close friends plus a cousin born on the same date, albeit a couple of years difference between us. I have seen the number reoccur several times in different venues, most remarkably The Weather Channel is some spots (nothing that stands out to me), and Hurricane Katrina was spinning away on that date.

My number was originally 7, the perennial favorite amongst most Americans. I know that the Chinese have high regard for 8, they held the Olympics on 08/08/08 at 8 pm. My friend's number is 4, and he likes to point it out every time it appears in school. He loves it how this year, I had Latin 4, and there were 4 people in my class. Whatever, everyone knows 27 is top dog.

If anyone has a different favorite number, they are welcome to share. Just remember, mine is superior. ;)

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By: Astrometeor, 2:28 AM GMT on May 26, 2013

Finally, after 180 days, 3 AP tests, the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and finals, I am done with my junior year of high school. I have some things I want to share about the last few weeks, and what I am expecting to do over summer break.

First, the tests listed above. PSAT was back in something like February, if I recall correctly. ACT...forget when we had that one. SAT was May 4, got a 720 on reading, 620 on math, and a 580 on writing. Kinda weird since math is by far my best subject. AP tests included AP US History, AP Physics, and AP English. Felt pretty good about all three, APUSH is my strong suite, AP English is something that our teacher knows in and out since he is a reader of the exam, and AP Physics I spent hours upon hours studying for. Those results will be back in the middle of June.

Next, teachers. We have 4 staff members at my school who are leaving. We have an English teacher who is leaving for one year to teach at a teacher's college. We have a guidance clerk who had her position eliminated due to "budget difficulties" (central office is a bunch of bureaucratic jerks), one teacher who is retiring after serving for 35 years (sniff, I'll miss her), and finally our head principal is stepping down to lead a local charter's middle school division. This last one really saddens the school She led us for 8 years, and was the best principal BY FAR my school has seen in the last 15 easily. Tradition has it that the principal is black, although we are hoping that the current board members don't know that (besides being a discriminatory practice against whites or other races). The two or three principals prior to the one stepping down were inadequate- and that is being nice. Let's just say for one, we had to call her boss in order for her to follow correct procedures.

Now summer break.

I expect to do a couple major things, right now only one trip planned, going to see my cousin graduate from high school in Indiana. Upon that, I have to take a summer course called Personal Finance online as it does not fit into my schedule next year. The course is required to graduate, although, from what i hear, teaches nothing valuable for life. In between these two events, I have Boy Scout Summer Camp, I shall be taking Mammal Study (filler course, Kayaking was filled), Canoeing, NRA Light Rifle, and Rifle Shooting. Gonna be fun ( good-looking women for a week).

no teachers yelling at me
light schoolwork
summer camp
free time

school friends are gone
bugs + heat + humidity + unchained vicious dogs (retarded owners really)
no athletic games with school friends

Losing my school friends is a big sad-face for summer vacation. School would be a lot more fun if the teachers actually knew had to dish out the correct amount of work. Rather than a mountain of busywork that bores me and takes up time that could be better spent elsewhere.

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APOD for May 22, 2013

By: Astrometeor, 3:35 AM GMT on May 23, 2013

After posting on Dr. Master's main blog, I have decided to make a post on my side, so that (at least for me) it will be easier to find in the future for reference.

Don't know if anyone has seen this yet, it is pretty cool, every once in a while I go through the archives, today I just clicked on the site for fun and BAM!, got an amazing sprite photo + aurora. The only one known of its kind. That's one lucky photographer.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Explanation: What's that in the sky? It is a rarely seen form of lightning confirmed only about 25 years ago: a red sprite. Recent research has shown that following a powerful positive cloud-to-ground lightning strike, red sprites may start as 100-meter balls of ionized air that shoot down from about 80-km high at 10 percent the speed of light and are quickly followed by a group of upward streaking ionized balls. The above image, taken a few days ago above central South Dakota, USA, captured a bright red sprite, and is a candidate for the first color image ever recorded of a sprite and aurora together. Distant storm clouds cross the bottom of the image, while streaks of colorful aurora are visible in the background. Red sprites take only a fraction of a second to occur and are best seen when powerful thunderstorms are visible from the side.

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Class of 2013's Commencement Speaker for MLK Magnet High

By: Astrometeor, 11:58 PM GMT on May 18, 2013 Lady Michelle Obama. Here is her speech delivered to the graduates. One thing to note is that when she was done, she handed each graduate his/her diploma, and gave each one a hug. All 160 grads.

MRS. OBAMA: Yes! (Applause.) Wow. Good afternoon, everyone! Yes. I am thrilled to be here. And go, Royals. You all are awesome. (Applause.) So proud of you. This is very touching. This is the only high school graduation I'm doing this year, and this is a special treat for me. (Applause.)

Let me start by thanking Mustapha for that very kind introduction -- and I would love to see his mom's arms. (Laughter.) Where are they? Where is she? Oh, yes. Yes! (Laughter and applause.) I love that. And she's showing them off, too. (Laughter.) Yes, indeed.

I also want to thank Dr. Turner for her leadership of this magnificent school. Absolutely. (Applause.) Especially for all the steps the school has taken to serve healthy food and to make sure you all -- yes, as Mustapha said -- get off the couch and move. (Laughter.) We are just pleased to see the wonderful example this school is setting for schools across the country, and you should be very proud of that.

I also want to recognize Congressman Cooper, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, President Glover from Tennessee State University. Thank you for hosting us here today. (Applause.) And all I can say about the MLK wind ensemble is, wow, you guys are really good. That was so good. Oh! (Applause.) Pose, all of you. Very good.

And of course, I just want to thank Rafat, Lauren and Busra for their wonderful remarks, great speeches. I will remember those speeches, so forget about your class. I will remember the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches here. (Laughter.) But congratulations on all your hard work.

And of course, I want to join in all of the thanks to the moms and the dads, and the brothers and sisters, and all the extended family members who are here with us today. You all have been there for these graduates every step of the way. And as a mom myself, I am not looking forward to this day. (Laughter.) I want to hold onto my babies as long as possible. So I know this is bittersweet, but thank you for loving these young people and encouraging them and keeping them in line. And so you all deserve, yes, another round of applause for the families. Indeed. (Applause.) Congratulations.

And most importantly, I want to congratulate these fine young men and women right in front of us: the MLK Class of 2013. Yes. Yes, indeed. (Applause.) You all look good, too. You look very good.

Now, it's my understanding -- and one of the reasons why I wanted to come here is that I know that this is a very special school, and this is a wonderfully accomplished class, from your incredible band program to those three state track titles the girls won -- yes -- (applause) -- to all the volunteering you've done in your community to the three graduates who made the national semifinals in the Intel Science Talent Search. (Applause.) I could go on and on and on.

You all should be very proud of the great things that you have done in your lives so far. As a class, you have earned millions of dollars in college scholarships, and this fall you will be heading to schools all across this country -- UT, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Duke, Colorado, so many more.

So I think it is fair to say that you all have certainly lived up to your class slogan: "Act like a Royal, but think like a boss." Yes. Yes. (Applause.)

And today, you become the latest in a long line of success stories that started here at MLK. Every single student in this class -- senior class has graduated. Every single one of you is going on to higher education or the military. So this school is truly the realization of the dream of educational empowerment for all, a dream that began 130 years ago, back when your Pearl building first opened its doors as a school for young African Americans.

And since that building became home to MLK, students from every background, every culture, every Zip Code throughout Nashville have walked through your halls each day to read and to write, and to think and to dream.

And I have to tell you, another reason why I wanted to come here is that all the things I've heard about this school, it is so familiar to me because I actually went to a school just like this one when I was your age. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and as I made my way through -- yes, South Side. (Laughter and applause.) South Side. South Side -- you can find them everywhere. (Laughter.)

But as I made my way through elementary school, because we didn't have junior high, my number one goal was to go to a high school that would push me and challenge me. I wanted to go somewhere that would celebrate achievement; a place where academic success wouldn't make me a target of teasing or bullying, but instead would be a badge of honor. And for me, Whitney Young Magnet High School was that place. And during my four years there, I made the most of all my experiences. I chose the classes that I thought would get me ahead. I signed up for every activity that I could fill up my applications with, and I focused my life around the singular goal of getting into the next school of my dreams, which was Princeton University. And I -- (applause) -- thank you.

But let me tell you, I still remember that time in my life so vividly, and you will, too. It seemed like every paper was life or death, every point on an exam was worth fighting for. Yes, a lot of head-shaking there, a lot of faculty. You're sick of them lobbying you for some extra points, aren't you? (Laughter.)

My whole identity was bound up in checking those boxes, winning every award I could. And I was good at it, too. (Laughter.) By the time I got to my high school graduation, I was at the top of my class, a member of the National Honor Society, student council treasurer, and my college dream had come true: I was heading to Princeton that fall. So I thought I had everything I needed to get ahead.

But graduates, I just want to share something with you that I learned. I learned that I had it all wrong. Yes. It wouldn't be the first time. But everything I was so concerned about -- the grades, the test scores, the worries about which schools my friends were getting into -- all of that stuff was far less important than I'd always thought. Because when I got to college, it turned out that I needed an entirely new set of skills to earn my degree. Now, don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that grades aren't important. I'm just saying that they're less important than what you learn and what you're made of. And that's what I want to talk with you about today. (Applause.)

Yes, I want to talk about what lies ahead for all of you and some of the things I wish I'd known when I was in your shoes. And the first thing I want to talk about is the importance of community.

Now, when I arrived at Princeton, the whole college experience was a mystery to me. I was sleeping in a room with strangers. And as I looked around at all the other students who had come from wealthy families and were third and fourth generation Princetonians, I didn't always feel like I fit in. I was a little lonely at times, and so what I understood was that I needed to build a community of my own, right?

So I worked hard to make new friends in my classes and at the campus cultural center. I reached out to professors and administrators around campus. And soon enough, I had built a wonderful group of friends and supporters that became my family away from home, and I relied on that family probably as heavily as you rely on your family -- stopping by folks' rooms when I was bored; calling up folks when I needed to vent; leaning on them when I was anxious, or down, or just plain tired. And what I know now is that I would not have made it through that college period without that group of people by my side.

So, graduates, first thing I want you to know, I want you to think about the importance of the community that you have here at MLK, because it seems like a very special bond that you all have. You've got your friends here at school. You've got great teachers. When you go home to your family, you've got parents and siblings who know you inside and out.

But just understand that when you get to college, that's all gone. So you're really going to have to work to recreate that community, that system of support, and you're going to have to do it from the ground up. And there are so many ways to do that. You might try volunteering in a service group or joining a choir or a band. You might find your new community on your dorm floor or on an intramural soccer field.

It doesn't matter where you find it, just be sure to find it. Because it is so much harder to get through college if you try to do this on your own, okay? And I know that some of you might be feeling a little anxious about that aspect of the college experience. Maybe you don't know anybody at the school you're heading to. Maybe you never felt like you quite fit in here at MLK. I don't know.

But here is something that I want you to remember. The beautiful thing about college is that you get to start with a clean slate. And while it might take a little time, I guarantee you that you will find friends that will let you be the person you always wanted to be. You will find friends who will challenge you and inspire you, friends who will be there for you when something goes wrong -- because believe me, something inevitably will go wrong.

And that leads me to the second thing that I want to talk to you about, and that is failure. Yes, failure. It's probably a concept that many of you aren't very used to. I know I was like that. Or maybe you are, which is good. (Laughter.) Then you're ready.

But when I got to college, that happened to me during my very first semester. I took a class on Greek mythology -- yes, Greek mythology -- that was way over my head. I found myself sitting in a lecture hall full of juniors and seniors -- how did I get there? -- struggling just to keep up, and by the time I took the midterm exam, all I could muster was a C -- and it was the very first C I'd ever gotten and I was devastated.

But instead of wilting, I found a way to fight through it: I poured my heart and soul into a paper. I spent a lot of time talking to the professor before and after class. And in the end, I ended up getting a good grade in that class. But what I learned was far more important than that letter grade from that experience. What I learned was that when something doesn't go your way, you've just got to adjust. You've got to dig deep and work like crazy. And that's when you'll find out what you're really made of, during those hard times.

But you can only do that if you're willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail. And that's why so often, failure is the key to success for so many great people. Take Steve Jobs, who was fired from Apple early in his career, and now his iPods and iPads and iPhones have revolutionized the entire world. Oprah was demoted from her first job as a news anchor, now she doesn't even need a last name. (Laughter.) And then there's this guy, Barack Obama, who lost -- (applause) -- I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures, but -- (laughter) -- he lost his first race for Congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband. (Laughter and applause.)

All jokes aside, the point is, is that resilience and grit, that ability to pick yourself up when you fall. Those are some of the most important skills you'll need as you make your way through college and through life.

And here's the thing, graduates: These qualities are not ones that you're born with. They're not like the color of your eyes or your height. They're not qualities that are beyond your control. Instead, you can dictate whether you'll have grit. You decide how hard you'll work. So I want you to make those choices right now, today, if you haven't already done so. Make those choices. I want you to tell yourself that no matter what challenges you face, that you will commit yourself to achieving your goals, no matter where life takes you.

And that brings me to my final point, and that's finding your passion. And I'll be honest. I didn't find my passion until long after college; heck, until after law school. I mean, the truth is I spent -- still spent way too much of my time at Princeton continuing to chase grades and check boxes and climb higher and higher. I went on to law school, I did the same thing. By the time I was in my mid-20s, I had everything I was told I should want -– a fancy job at a prestigious law firm, a big office, a nice paycheck.

But on the inside, something was missing. And so after a few knocks, I finally asked myself some big questions -- simple questions: What did I want out of my life? What makes me happy? What do I care about? Yes, simple questions that I had never bothered to ask, too busy checking boxes. And soon, I realized that what I really wanted was pretty simple. I wanted to give back to the people around me, to the world around me. I wanted to live my life by the principle that to whom much is given, much is expected. (Applause.)

So for me, that led me to quit that fancy job, and since then I've dedicated my life to giving back. I've worked to train young people for careers in public service. I've started community outreach programs at a college and a hospital. And today, as First Lady, I'm working to honor our nation's military families and help our children grow up healthy. But as I look back, I wish I'd asked myself what I really wanted when I was sitting right where you are.

So, graduates, my message to all of you today is this: Do not waste a minute living someone else's dream. Each of us has unique gifts. (Applause.) But it takes a lot of work, a lot of real work to discover what brings you joy. It just doesn't happen; it requires you spending some time. And you won't find what you love simply by checking boxes or padding your GPA. You won't figure it out only by listening to your guidance counselor, or your friends, or even your parents. You can only find your passion by looking inside yourself. And that's hard work.

And if you don't know what you want to do right now, that's okay. In fact, that's a good thing, because that means you just got the freedom to explore. So use it. I urge you to take classes in college like art history or astronomy or web design, something you've never tried before. And even if you feel like you do know what you want to do, the chances are you're probably going to have a number of different careers throughout your life, just like me. Because the road to happiness is rarely a straight one -- just understand that. It rarely goes easily.

So I really want you guys to be curious, and take risks, and when you get stuck -- and you will; we all do, we still get stuck, right, parents? Still get stuck -- don't be afraid to veer off course and take your life in another direction.

And when you get anxious -- and you will, because we still do, right, parents? -- (laughter) -- or have moments of doubt -- Amen -- (laughter) -- just remember this time, remember all of the things that you have already accomplished right here and now. You've got the tools for greatness right now. Think of all the challenges you have already overcome. Right here in front of us, we have students who have stood up to bullying. We have students who have dropped everything to help take care of ailing parents or grandparents. We have students right here who have overcome some of the most difficult family situations imaginable -- right here.

That's the kind of grit and determination that defines all of you, each and every one of you. You all have worked so hard to make it to this day. And you have been so blessed. Understand how blessed you are to be at a place like MLK. Because unfortunately, schools like this don't exist for every kid. You are blessed. (Applause.) A school that nurtures you and challenges you and inspires you, faculty who leave you with great stories and songs and poems for remembering math. (Laughter.)

But now we need you to make the most of these wonderful opportunities that you've been given, because it is not enough just to make it to college; we need you to complete college. We need you to finish hard and strong and be great leaders. (Applause.) That is your responsibility. That's your next job. (Applause.)

And next year, you're on your own in so many ways. No one is going to be checking on whether or not you make it to class. That's over. No one is going to care if you cut corners on an assignment. No one is going to know whether you're doing your absolute very best every single day. No one but you, that is. And that's all that it takes: No one but you.

So you have to take charge of your lives right now. Today is the day. And I want you to start by figuring out how you're going to create that new community for yourself. I want you to start with keeping that passion for learning burning strong. I want you to start with understanding that when challenges come your way, all you've got to do is dig deep like you've been doing, like you know how, and find a way to come out on the other end stronger.

As Dr. Martin Luther King himself once said, "You don't get to the Promised Land without going through the Wilderness." But, graduates, if you remember all of the wonderful lessons that you've learned here at MLK, if you keep acting like a Royal and thinking like a boss -- (applause) -- then believe me, I am confident that there is no promise you can't realize and there is no telling how bright your futures will be.

So congratulations, again, graduates. We are all so proud of you. You have done it. Godspeed, we love you. Work hard. Stay true. God bless.

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Interesting Hurricane/Tornado

By: Astrometeor, 12:19 AM GMT on May 11, 2013

I guess in 1864 hurricane meant something different than what it means today. On this date in 1864:

The Nashville Dispatch reports on May 12 "The storm of wind and rain which visited our city on Tuesday [10th] evening, we learn, has been particularly destructive in the vicinity of Nashville for miles around. In the region of country skirting the Nolensville Pike, the storm which amounted to a perfect hurricane, in its course uprooted trees, tore down fences, and tumbled over houses to an alarming extent, carrying in its track devastation and ruin to many small farmers and their families, and in some cases loss of life as well as property. Rev. John Rains, living about three miles from the city, near the Nolensville Pike, had his home utterly stripped and ruined - carriagehouse, stable, smoke-house, servants' house, and fencing were entirely destroyed, and his dwelling house is nearly so. Mr. Woodward, in the same vicinity, had his dwelling-house literally torn to pieces, and his wife seriously, if not fatally injured, besides three children badly hurt; the hand of the eldest was so badly crushed as to require amputation of the thumb. Nast. F. Dortch, Mr. McConnico, Mr. Harper, Mr. Lucus, Dr. Whitsitt, and others in the same locality, suffered considerably. Mrs. Aaron V. Brown had a large lot of beautiful timber land destroyed. Mr. John Hooper sustained considerable damage, his barn and fencing being destroyed. In the vicinity of the Hermitage, we learn, a large amount of valuable timber, dwelling houses, etc. were destroyed. Tim. Dodson had his barn, cut house, and fences utterly wrecked. A brick house, on Mill Creek, the property of P. Vickers, is in ruins. The storm traversed a large extent of country Wilson county, doing great damage to fences and out houses. Altogether, from what we hear, this is one of the most disastrous hurricanes that has visited Tennessee for many years."

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Hurricane Tornado

I love WU

By: Astrometeor, 3:47 AM GMT on May 06, 2013

So, he most likely does not want me to share this with the world, but I couldn't resist.

Hey Nathan…

whenever you can make a little free time in your heavily busy agenda to come the humble WU blog to see the good old fellas (who may not be worth your valuable time) and who would smile at you after making presence by posting a comment…

((wow Max… how far can you take things, very dramatic.. [I know]…lol))

anyway… whenever you have time (maybe tomorrow), I want to tell you a story if you have time of course…

Take care Mr. NW

Like I said in my previous post, in my best interests with relations to school, I am trying to limit my time here on WU. I have gotten past one hurdle so far, that being the SAT. Now I have EOCs, APs and finals to get done and when I am back, there will be a flurry of postings from me, I promise. I love WU, no matter how dramatic Max can be.

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