by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent
The Memorial Day weekend forecast is not looking good with a chance of showers and thunderstorms everyday, and that is not only through Monday but probably through the end of May and the first few days of June.
It is going to be very warm and humid and with lots of moisture coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. We get those showers and thunderstorms particularly during the afternoon hours. We will see a warming trend with temperatures climbing back into the 80s this weekend.
The spring tornado season is coming to a close, and it has been a rough one across the Volunteer state. A preliminary total of 29 tornadoes have touched down across the state since January 1st. These tornadoes combined have killed 28 people, injured hundreds more, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The strongest was an EF-4 in Putnam County on March 3rd with 19 people killed. The March 3rd EF-3 tornado in Davidson and Wilson counties caused 5 fatalities. An EF-3 on April 12th near Chattanooga caused 3 fatalities.
As May ends and we go into the month of June, the tornado season will be replaced by the lightning season with cloud-to-ground lightning strikes the big danger through August.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.