Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thunderstorms replace winter temps, freezes
By SUE WATSON
If the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, told the truth this year, it appears spring has sprung in Marshall County a bit early.
Winter snows and freezes have been replaced by warm days and thundershowers.
A front that pushed through the area last Thursday night/Friday morning spared Marshall County any wind damage, while areas in Tennessee and Arkansas were hit. There was a power outage in the Mt. Pleasant area Thursday night. Streets in Holly Springs flooded Friday around noon when a thunderstorm pushed through, knocking out power to street lights and areas in the south end of town. Power was off and on again at Walmart for about 20 minutes at noon.
So far there has been no serious flooding, according to county administrator Larry Hall, who said some trees were down in the roads in the Mt. Pleasant area Friday morning.
A tornado watch in effect for Marshall County from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday fizzled, according to Hugh Hollowell.
“Once again, we dodged the bullet,” he said.
Hall said places in the county got from one to two inches of rain and creeks were up in Potts Camp early Monday due to heavy downpours. Streets were flooded in Potts Camp. There were no damaging winds on the south end of the county but some lightning and wind was felt on the north end, he said.
“Even the Tippah River was muddying up some,” Hall said. “I started out at my house about 6:25 a.m. and by the time I got to Potts Camp the ditches were full. Wind was blowing the rain in sheets.
“Tornado season is here whether it is typical or not.”
Tornadoes occur every month of the year in the United States but April through June are the months when they are most frequent and December through January are months of least frequency. May is the most dangerous month for tornadoes in the United States.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has temperatures two degrees below average for the month of March, with sunny warm days and thunderstorms for the first half of the month, then sunny cold days in the third week, and thunderstorms, sunny and cool the last four days of March.
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