March was a very wet and mild month with temperatures tive degrees above normal and rainfall about triple the average amount. We finished the month with 17 inches in Franklin, 15 inches in Antioch and 14 inches in Lebanon and Murfreesboro.

April is forecast to be above normal on temperatures once again and thunderstorm activity above normal. We expect to go quickly into hot weather during the month of May.

It looks like it is going to be a warm week ahead with high temperatures in the mid 70s and the highest chances of showers and thunderstorms will come Wednesday night and Thursday. No cold weather is coming through April 15th.

This past weekend was the anniversary of the 1974 Super Outbreak of Tornadoes on April 3rd and 4th, and Tennessee was right in the middle of it. A total of 148 tornadoes touched down in 13 states in a 24-hour period.

That outbreak is what decided me on my career path as I kept up with the tornadoes all day and night and knew I wanted to be one of those radio meteorologists keeping folks updated during severe weather. There were 10 fatalities in Putnam County, 7 in Fentress, 5 in Pickett County and 3 in Overton County.

If you are taking a vacation and need a forecast, my email is weather1@charter.net. If you have any weather-related questions, you can also drop me an e-mail.

Steve Norris provides information to Emergency Management Agencies in many counties in Tennessee. Contact him at weather1@charter.net with questions, to provide a weather update for your area or to suggest topics for his column.

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