Many warnings were issued that day including several tornado warnings. I did not witness any severe events. Some damage was reported across the area including one confirmed brief touchdown in North Nashville.
May 31, 2001 Cyclonically Rotating Thunderstorm Complex
There is probably a better term to describe this type of storm complex (if you know the term, please email me). This storm proved deadly when a tornado touched down in Cannon County killing one person. I caught a wall cloud associated with this same storm earlier as it crossed I-65 at Columbia, TN. I was definitely in the right place at the right time that day.
April 15, 2001 Squall Line
squall line raced across Middle Tennessee Easter morning just after sunrise.
Winds up to 70 mph were reported. Damage was wide-spread, which included
the following: downed trees, a large radio tower was blown down, and the
new Nashville Super Speedway suffered damage in the bleachers.
On my storm chase, I only saw two large limbs down and winds up to 50 mph. This event happened one day before the April 16, 1998 Nashville tornado anniversary.
February 24-25, 2001 Squall Line
A squall line moved through Middle
Tennessee midnight/early morning hours. Before going out to a residential
spotting point, the line of storms appeared to be slightly weakening (as
forecasted). While sitting on a hill in Franklin, TN around 12:30
AM Feb.25, a tornado warning was issued for southern Maury County.
The projected path was approximately 20 miles away, and I thought the line
was still weakening; so being impatient, thinking this would be my only
chance of seeing anything, I headed south to look for damage. I encountered
horizontal rain mixed with small hail near the Williamson/Maury County
line. This was a little scary knowing that I could be in the path
of a developing tornado not yet detected by the Doppler, and while most
people had pulled over, including the State Trooper, I decided to keep
moving in order to leave a possible tornadic path. I was also concerned
about trees on the side of the interstate possibly blowing down onto the
car if I stopped. Rotation was later detected in that storm as the squall
line continued intensifying.
A tornado warning was issued for Franklin, so I made a U-turn and headed back North. No touch downs were confirmed from this warning. I only saw minor wind damage (small limbs, and blown over trashcans).