The National Weather Service is trying something new this winter. Forecasters are telling Middle Tennesseans not just how much ice will fall in an ice storm, but if the power will go out and for how long. The system could be useful one day, but right now it’s far from perfect.
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Nashville has seen about two inches of rain over the last few days, but a front moving in from southern Texas will bring more moisture this weekend. Creeks and streams in the Nashville area could rise above their banks.
Everyday, the National Weather Service turns out a flood forecast for the Cumberland, Duck, and Harpeth Rivers. Now the agency will do the same for a southeast Nashville creek with a history of flooding.
A heat advisory for the region continues until 7 o’clock Thursday night, though meteorologists say it could take a few weeks for the high-pressure system causing the heat to break up.
Failure to accurately predict flood levels in Nashville last May and issue effective warnings is leading to policy changes within the National Weather Service. The agency released its post-flood assessment Wednesday.
The heat wave that has gripped most of Tennessee continues Thursday.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ regional commander says communication problems during the May flood will lead to changes in how the agency operates.
Mayor Karl Dean says Nashville officials had to lean more on their own instincts than the predictions of weather and water experts during the May flood.