Weather Blogs

  Drought causes several counties in Mississippi to declare burn bans

Tate County issues burn ban on any open flames

  Hot, dry weather puts trees in distress

  Mid-Southerners ready to help as Hurricane Dorian threatens Atlantic Coast

  Hurricane Dorian travel restrictions impact Memphis

  Heat index at dangerous levels again Tuesday

Continued Coverage

Extreme heat gripping the Mid-South

  Gov. Bill Lee tours flood-affected areas in west Tennessee

  Possible tornado causes damage in Victoria, Mississippi

  Governor to tour flooded areas of West Tenn.

  Shelby County avoids major flooding as remnants of Barry pass through the Mid-South

Businesses flooded in Tipton County; roads washed out and closed

Tornado, Flash Flood Warnings issued for parts of the Mid-South

National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for DeSoto and Shelby Counties.

  Flood preps continue as flash flooding possibility lingers

Much of the Mid-South remains in a Flash Flood Watch as of Tuesday morning, meaning the threat of flash flooding still remains as rain continues to fall in the area.

  Free sandbags available in Crittenden County as remnants of Barry fall across the Mid-South

Free sandbags are available at the Crittenden County Road Department along Highway 64.

State of Emergency declared as Tropical Storm Barry approaches Gulf Coast

A tropical storm watch and a storm surge warning are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as Barry is expected to make landfall near the central Louisiana coast at some point Saturday morning.

Tropical Storm Barry could impact Mid-South

  Practices adjusted as student-athletes feel the heat

Tracking the Tropics: Potential impact on the Mid-South

  Heat advisory returns as oppressive heat continues

  Stifling heat makes its presence known in Memphis

Heat advisory in effect across Mid-South Tuesday

Low pressure over land could become tropical

Tropical Development

  Floodwaters devastate farmlands in Lauderdale County

Floodwaters have swept across roads and turned at least 175,000 acres of cotton and soybean fields into lakes.

Timing and threat for a few severe storms overnight

An area of showers and storms will move through the Mid-South tonight between 10 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  Nonconnah Creek reaches record levels in Memphis

The Nonconnah Creek at Winchester Road reached a new record stage Friday morning. Torrential rainfall from a storm system caused flash flooding to occur in parts of Memphis and Shelby County.

  Mid-South wakes up to flooded homes, roads

A Flash Flood Warning was issued in Shelby County until 6:15 a.m.

  D-Day: A weather forecast that changed history

Seventy-five years ago in June 1944, Allied forces landed along the coast of Northern France as part of a military action that helped pave the way for the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Tropical low could bring significant rain

Rain chances have already started to creep up but chances will be on the high side Thursday through Saturday.

Mandatory evacuation issued for parts of Jefferson County

The breach forced a Flash Flood Warning to be issued by the NWS for the Hollow Bend area.

Cost of buying out flood-prone homes: $5B and rising

Over the past three decades, federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of properties that are susceptible to flooding.

First Named Storm Before Hurricane Season

First Named Storm Before Hurricane Season

WATCH: Tracking severe thunderstorms, reports of hail and evacuations

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Tipton, Fayette, Shelby Counties.

  Severe weather leaves dozens without home in AR town

Some people have been left to pick up the pieces after severe weather moved through Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

EF-0 tornadoes confirmed in Jackson, Pemiscot counties

Cleanup continued Friday morning after five confirmed tornadoes swept across Arkansas and Missouri.

  Sirens sound in Blytheville during Mississippi County tornado warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Mississippi County.

Mississippi River floods Iowa’s 3rd largest city

The Mississippi River will reach its highest level on record in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois Thursday. All this water will flow toward Memphis and the Mid-South. The good news is our wide flood plane will handle the excess water.

What the wind? Why it’s been so windy lately

If you have been out and about across the Mid-South the past few days, you may have noticed quite the breeze.

Mississippi counts 75 tornadoes for year, 43 for April 18

The one-day amount alone equals Mississippi’s annual average of 43 tornadoes during the years 1991 through 2010

  Mississippi already above yearly average tornado total

The Southeast United States is referred to as Dixie Alley, due to the area being vulnerable to strong or violent tornadoes. This year, it’s living up to its name.

  3.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Dyersburg

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Mid-South on Wednesday morning.

Earthquake This Morning Near Dyersburg

Blog on Dyersburg quake

Rain & storms set to move in by sunrise

The threat for heavy rain and storms continues as yet another strong, low pressure will make its way to the Mid-South overnight.

Tracking More Heavy Rain & Storms Late Tonight

Thursday's Severe Weather Potential

Tracking a threat of severe storms Saturday

A potent low pressure will move northeast out of Texas Saturday morning and move through the Mid-South during the evening and overnight hours.

Planning out your weekend: Timing for rain and storms

If you have big plans for the weekend, here’s a breakdown of when rain could disrupt your activities.

  Breakdown: The Mid-South could be the new Tornado Alley

The Great Plains is typically referred to as tornado alley, but researchers are finding evidence that tornado alley is shifting away from the plains and into the Southeast, putting a bull's-eye on the Mid-South.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado warning expires

A potent low pressure system moving northeast through the Plains is having an impact right here in the Mid-South.

Heavy rain, gusty winds headed our way

We are tracking another big weather system, as a strong cold front will move through the Mid-South Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Tornado Watch issued for Mid-South until 5 pm

Areas along the Mississippi River including northeast Arkansas, extreme west Tennessee and extreme northwest Mississippi have a low to medium threat for a few severe storms Saturday.

Two earthquakes strike Region 8 less than 15 minutes apart

Two earthquakes hit Region 8 within just 15 minutes of each other on Tuesday morning.

Severe weather sweeps through Mississippi

Earlier Saturday afternoon was sever thunderstorm warning for most of Mississippi. Here are a few pictures from viewers that show parts of Mississippi that experienced significant damage.

  Mid-South communities dealing with damage, flooding following heavy rainfall

With heavy rainfall throughout the week, and more continuing throughout the weekend, communities in the Mid-South are dealing with storm damage.

FIRST ALERT: Severe storms threaten the Mid-South Saturday

Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day for the entire Mid-South. Severe storms will arrive in the afternoon and early evening as a cold front interacts with a warm, moisture-rich air mass.


A weather system producing heavy rain and flooding Friday will intensify overnight and through the day Saturday to bring a threat for severe storms to the Mid-South.

Soggy end to the week and a stormy start to the weekend

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area through Saturday evening as another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms returns to the Mid-South.

Tracking more rain and a threat for severe storms

The First Alert Weather Team is tracking more rain and the chance for severe storms this weekend.

More rain and another FLASH FLOOD WATCH

Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service Office in Memphis issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area and the Mid-South.

  Heavy rain and possible flooding on the way

Rain and lots of it will move into the Mid-South by Tuesday afternoon as a storm system develops over the western Gulf of Mexico and move north.

Small earthquake detected in Randolph County

The seismograph was busy early Sunday as a small earthquake was detected near Ravenden Springs.

A cold start to the weekend

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for NE Arkansas and NW Tennessee until 3 AM due to falling temperatures and precipitation moving through the area tonight.

Rain chances are increasing

Winds diminish tonight ahead of an approaching cold front. A stray shower is possible this evening ahead of the front but better chances for rain will move in tomorrow.

  Flooding causes Arkansas district to cancel school

Severe flooding has caused an Arkansas school district to cancel classes.

Another cold night but a southwest flow brings change

A steady stream of Pacific moisture is keeping clouds in place across the Mid-South and will ultimately lead to more rain.

Rain moves out as temperatures plummet

Another blast of arctic air invades the Mid-South as rain exits the area this evening. Wind chills Friday morning will be in the low to mid teens as winter reminds us that it isn’t over yet.

More rain followed by a drastic drop in temperature

A steady stream of moisture continues to flow into the Mid-South tonight producing areas of heavy rain in much of Arkansas and West Tennessee with more to come tomorrow.

  Breakdown: Why the polar vortex created ice quakes

In this episode of the Breakdown, we explain what is causing the booms that people are hearing in the freezing cold temperatures.

Warmer weekend and tracking rain next week

A strong southerly flow will allow temperatures to continue to rise for the next few days. Rain chances are slim for now but will increase next week with a series of fronts entering the Mid-South.

One more cold night to endure

Cold arctic air will keep a grip on the Mid-South for one more night before southerly winds usher in much warmer air for the next few days.

Snow Chance Update

Snow Chances For Monday Night

Snow potential Monday Night & Early Tuesday

Blog on Monday Night's snow potential

Looking ahead to a chance of snow next week

Forecast models are hinting at snow again in the Mid-South.

Weekend warm up ahead and a chance of snow next week

An upper level disturbance will move through the Mid-South tonight bringing a slight chance of flurries to the area overnight

More cold and a couple of chances for snow

A cold front brings clouds overnight a even colder air to end the week followed by two more disturbances that could bring snow to parts of the Mid-South.

Major storm system to impact the Mid-South

A potent low pressure system will move through the area overnight and tomorrow bringing rain, a threat for storms, strong winds, and possibly snow.

Tennessee gov-elect’s inauguration to move indoors

Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee is moving his inauguration to an indoor venue amid forecasts for weekend rain and thunderstorms

  Arctic blast arrives in the Mid-South this weekend

Temperatures will be like a roller coaster the next few days.By the end of the weekend, we take a big dip in temperatures.

Very active pattern this week

High pressure brings a southerly flow for the next few days allowing for warm temperatures and increased rain chances later in the week. Then get ready for the coldest air of the season to arrive over the weekend.

Cold is here to stay and tracking more rain

Cold temperatures have returned and will remain in place for the next several days. The pattern is dry for now, but a system from the southwest will bring rain to start the weekend.

Earthquake reported in Mississippi Delta

Shaking was felt throughout Washington County.