Published: February 24, 2021

Mother Nature: not so unpredictable
 
After the week we just experienced, it’s appropriate that a ribbon cutting ceremony is set for this Friday at the Tennessee Valley Weather Center. It’s ironic that the event was originally set for last Friday, but was canceled because of the weather.
The folks at WLX have a long history of providing life-saving weather reports to our community. The Tennessee Valley Weather Center and its advanced technology carries that commitment to a whole new level.
 
The station’s investments started before February 5, 2020, but kicked into high gear afterward. The significance of that date? Two EF-1s hit in Lawrenceburg and Loretto that evening, and both came without warning, unnoticed by weather radar systems to our north and south.
There was extensive property damage at homes, businesses, churches, and the Lawrence County Public Library. A warning wouldn’t have prevented that, but it’s simply a miracle there was no loss of life or serious injuries.
 
With a significant investment from WLX and private contributions, Lawrenceburg is now home to the newest, cutting-edge weather forecasting equipment, including a dual polarimetric doppler radar system that can pick up on weather conditions that create tornadoes like last February’s. The system not only covers our community, but others in southern middle Tennessee, north Alabama, and northeastern Mississippi.
 
Thankfully, we have the right people to operate that technology: Ben Luna, Fred Gossage, and Drew Richards. Ben is a veteran broadcaster and weather forecaster who made it a personal mission to make our community safer. Roger Wright and the rest of the team behind the WLX operation deserve our thanks as well.
There are a number of ways you can connect with the Tennessee Valley Weather Center. Follow it on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and check out its great website, TNValleyWeather.com. You can also download an app for your phone or tablet, and hear local updates on WLX.
 
We all know and respect Mother Nature and she will always be a force to be reckoned with. Thanks to the Tennessee Valley Weather Center, we can be better prepared for whatever she brings.
Check out their website below!