by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

I am expecting scattered showers on Friday followed by improvement on Saturday and then the best day is Sunday with sunshine and close to 60 degrees, so make your plans now for outdoor activities on Sunday.

I am expecting more rain to come back in for Monday night through Tuesday night but continued very mild  for early February. As it stands right now, we have no nights expected to be much below freezing through the 10th of February.

Be sure and check out the South and SouthWestern Sky after Dark and you will see a crescent moon appearing with the planet Venus. It has been a pretty sight!

I know lots of young people that are interested in weather and meteorology and have asked me how I got started in the profession. My grandfather bought me a thermometer when I was 10 years old and I started writing down the temperature every few hours and keeping up with the weather every day. At age 14 I started getting weather books from the library and reading college level meteorology books. By the time I was 18 and a senior in high school, I got my first job with the local radio station doing hourly weather.

My advice would be to study hard in school and then make a rewarding career out of meteorology. Social media and the internet have added so much to my profession as weather data is available instantly and you are able to provide important severe weather information quickly to people so they can get to safety.

Steve Norris got his first job at 18 years old doing radio weather. Steve does forecasts for several radio stations and newspapers, and he serves as a severe weather meteorologist for some city governments in the Middle Tennessee area. Steve first became interested in weather when his grandfather bought him a thermometer when he was 10 years old. He has been loving weather for over 40 years.

If you need weather data or have any weather-related questions or comments, you can reach Steve Norris anytime at