Smith County Weather Report – November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020

by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

The week will end, and the weekend will begin with sunshine on Friday and Saturday, and high temperatures will be in the upper 60s, and there is only a slight chance of showers on Sunday. Much cooler air will come on Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 50s and lows in the low-to-mid 30s. I am expecting lots of sunshine from Monday through Wednesday, but it will be cool.

Make a note on your calendar for the night of November 16th and the early morning of the 17th for the Leonid meteor shower. The crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving us with dark skies and what could be a good show. Meteor showers can be unpredictable, but it is worth a try, and the best viewing is from a dark location after midnight, although you can see them anytime during the night if you’re lucky.

November 10th marked the 45th anniversary of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm with the loss of the entire crew of 29. The ship was caught in a severe storm with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet high. Gordon Lightfoot made it the subject of his 1976 hit song. The day after the wreck, Mariner’s Church in Detroit rang its bell 29 times, once for each life lost. The ship’s bell was recovered from the wreck on July 4th, 1995. You can reach me anytime with weather questions. My email is weather1@charter.net.