Steve Norris

Steve Norris

The chance of rain will go down a little this week, but there will continue to be a chance every day for scattered pop-up storms. Temperatures will warm up and hit 90 on a few days later in the week. There are indications that a heat wave may try to move into Tennessee over the next few weeks.

If you’ve been noticing a hazy look on some days and the lovely red sunsets, it may be a result of the smoke from western and Canadian wildfires that has drifted over our area from time to time.

We have a full moon coming up on Friday and it is known as the Buck Moon, reflecting the time of year when new deer antlers begin to grow.

Make a note on your calendar that one of the biggest meteor showers of the year is also coming the night of Thursday August 12th and I will tell you more over the next week or two.

Just an interesting weather tidbit to share. I recently discovered that Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, was very interested in the weather.

Jefferson took daily weather readings around Williamsburg, Virginia. On July 4th 1776, he went to a local merchant to purchase a new thermometer before he went to sign the Declaration of Independence. I thought that was really cool!

If you have any weather-related questions, you can also drop me an e-mail and I will attempt to find an answer. Also, if you are taking a vacation and need a forecast, my email is weather1@charter.net.

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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