Norris

The chance of rain will go down just a bit this week but there will continue to be a chance every day of scattered pop-up storms.

The temperatures will warm up and hit 90 degrees on some days but I do not see any major changes yet. There are indications that the heat wave may try to move into Tennessee over the next few weeks but nothing for sure at this time.

If you’ve been noticing that it looks hazy on some days and we’ve had some lovely red sunsets, some smoke from Western and Canadian wildfires 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 coming the night of Aug. 12 and I will tell you more over the next week or two.

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 and on July 4, 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! You can reach me anytime at weather1@charter.net

Steve Norris obtained his first job in radio doing the weather as a senior in high school. As well as writing articles for newspapers, he provides severe weather information to county governments and Emergency Management and also does live hourly weather reports for radio stations. He has received multiple awards for his coverage of severe weather in middle Tennessee — both tornadoes and ice storms.

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