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days in the Mid-State. But what about at night when see the spark but
can't hear the thunder? It's commonly called heat lightning. But as FOX
17 Skywatch Meteorologist Chris Justus explains, what is actually a myth
can pose a real danger.
It's bright, bold and a bit intimidating
but doesn't make a sound! Many refer to so called heat lightning as a
phenomenon that occurs in the clouds due to the summer heat and poses no
real threat, a very wrong assumption. In fact, it could be an early
warning sign storms are on the way. The myth comes from the belief that
heat generates lightning, something many in the Mid-State believe.
reality heat lightning is actually a myth. It's just regular old
lightning from a normal thunderstorm, but seen from miles away. So from
here in downtown Nashville you could see lightning from as far away as
Bowling Green, Cookeville, the Tennessee/Alabama line or the Tennessee
Just this week we caught lightning on our Sky Eye camers
from 75 miles away in Cookeville. Though our eyes can see the lightning
flashes, the sound waves can't travel from such a far distance! But the
people in Cookeville had the thunder, rain and wind associated with the
storm. The only truth to "heat lightning" is that it's dangerous!
Depending on the storm's motion, the lightning and storm could be headed
Don't take a chance, since we now now "heat
lightning is a myth", you should always head in doors as soon as you see
Tuesday, July 17 2012, 08:29 PM CDT
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
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