Pilgrimage Festival may see thunderstorms, says National Weather Service


Pilgrimage Festival may see thunderstorms, says National Weather Service

PHOTO: A dappled sunset over Pilgrimage Festival in 2017. / Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

Keep an eye to the skies if you’re heading to Pilgrimage Festival this weekend at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, as early models are showing possible thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service is reporting a 30 to 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms for Friday through Sunday.

Thunderstorms could be more widespread Sunday, said Meteorologist Scott Unger.

Regardless of severe weather, temperatures will still be warm, in the high 80s and low 90s.

Though a little rain is nothing to be concerned about, it’s standard procedure at festivals to evacuate when lightning strikes the ground within a certain radius.

At Sloss Festival in Birmingham earlier this summer, patrons were evacuated until thunderstorms subsided, and several acts were canceled.

Still, the chances of severe enough thunderstorms to shut down performances is unlikely, given the scattered nature of predicted storms and unclear models.

From the National Weather Service, here’s the weather forecast for this weekend.

Friday
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South southwest wind five to 10 miles per hour.

Friday night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Saturday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Sunday
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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