by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

Lots of rain for Smith County and all of Middle Tennessee through Friday night and into Saturday. Sunday will be the best day of the weekend with partly sunny skies and 52 degrees and Monday is looking sunny and 58.

Weather systems will bring showers just before Thanksgiving and just after so any change in the speed of these fronts will decide whether we get rain on Thanksgiving or not. The long range weather models are very interesting, with quite a bit of rain indicated from the 1st to the 3rd of December and even chances of sleet or snow around the  6th of December.

I will update you again next week on the progress of these weather makers and anytime you need weather data, email me at weather1@charter.net.

One night recently we had a ring and a halo around the Moon. When folks see this they often ask  me,  what causes this and if it means anything to the coming weather? The halo forms when cirrus and cirrostratus clouds move into your area about 5 miles above the ground, these clouds are made up of ice crystals.  These clouds often move in before a front or low pressure system and many times precede showers or precipitation. Statistics have shown that  precipitation comes about 70% of the time within a couple of days if not sooner after you see a ring or halo around the Moon.

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 weather1@charter.net.