by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

No major changes in this weather pattern with more heat and humidity to come and showers and thunderstorms a daily feature in our forecast through the weekend and much of next week. Afternoon highs in the low 90s and dropping into the low 70s at night.

In this unstable air mass you can expect some of the storms to dump some very heavy rainfall. A storm just north of Murfreesboro produced over 3 inches of rain on Tuesday.

The long range outlook continues to favor hotter than normal weather for the remainder of summer and the start of autumn, but we do expect the hurricane season to start getting active again in the coming weeks and that can always have an impact on things in one way or another.

The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is coming soon! It is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. It peaks this year on the night of July 28th and morning of the 29th. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, but if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. As we get closer to the meteor shower you may see a few each night. I saw two streak across the sky last week about 1 a.m.

A much bigger meteor shower is coming August 11th and 12th and I will tell you all about that one in next week’s article. You can reach me anytime if you have questions at weather1@charter.net.