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Norris

After some early week showers and thunderstorms it looks like we will be in pretty good shape Wednesday through Friday with partly sunny and 90 degrees.  I still see no indication of excessive heat From Aug. 5-10 with highs mostly in the upper 80s, not bad at all for early August.

I think the chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms will increase to about 40 percent on most days next week in the same period - the 5th to the 10th. Heat and humidity normally rule in middle Tennessee during the month of August and afternoon and evening thunderstorms can be expected somewhere in Middle Tennessee almost every day.

Storms this time of year produce lots of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and while it can be lots of fun to watch the electrical display of a distant thunderstorm, it can be dangerous if you get up close and personal. Eight people have been killed across the country by lightning this summer. Four were camping or fishing, two were walking or hiking, one riding a motorcycle and one working on a roof.

No one has been killed in Tennessee this year but there were three  deaths in 2018; two were mowing the lawn and one was under a tree. While there is some risk to talking on the phone or taking a shower during a storm, you see that all of the fatalities in the past couple of years have been people that were involved in outdoor activities.

If you can hear thunder then it is close enough to strike. Count the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the Thunder and divide by five. This gives you the distance in miles to the lightning strike. If you count to 10 then the storm is only two miles away.

Sunrise is now 5:52 a.m. and sunset at 7:54 p.m. On one of these lovely middle Tennessee nights, check out the planet Jupiter about an hour after sunset - it will be shining brightly in the southern sky.  If you have any weather questions or need weather data, I would love to hear from you so drop me an email anytime weather1@charter.net

Steve Norris obtained his first job in radio doing the weather as a senior in high school. He is certified by the National Weather Association. 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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