Update as of Friday morning (03/06/20): National Weather Service crews have continued to conduct surveys across the mid state, and more information about the tornado path is available. It has now been determined that the tornado was on the ground for 60.13 miles. The tornado continued through Gordonsville, rather than lifting three miles west of the city, as was reported in this article yesterday.
by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent
Friday is going to be a day with Sunshine but cool temperatures, highs in the upper 40s with a northwest wind 10 to 20 miles an hour. Dropping into the upper 20s Friday night, but then I have great news for your weekend. Sunshine Friday and Saturday and warmer with temperatures climbing to 55 degrees on Saturday and 60 degrees on Sunday. Rain chances return next week from Monday through Wednesday.
The evening Sky features a half moon overhead as we head toward a full moon on the 9th and it is a supermoon appearing almost 10% brighter and larger than a normal full moon. A supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with perigee—the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit. Venus continues bright in the Western sky after Dark. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night as we go back on daylight savings time. After the time change we will have a sunrise of 7:02 next Monday and the sun will set at 6:46.
National Weather Service survey teams continue to gather information on the deadly tornadoes of early Tuesday, but I can tell you that they have concluded that one long track tornado began just west of Nashville and then traveled across Davidson, Wilson, and Smith counties. The tornado was on the ground for 50 miles, lifting 3 miles west of Gordonsville. I will have more data for you next week as the surveys continue.