by Steve Norris, Smith County Weather Correspondent

It is going to get hotter in Smith County over the next five days with high temperatures climbing from the mid-80s on Friday to the mid to upper 90s on Tuesday. Lots of sunshine expected with only a slight chance of an afternoon Thundershower. 90s will stick around for all of next week.

It looks like a cold front could bring an increase in the chance of storms around September 17 and 18.

The 14th is our next full moon and that will be the Harvest Moon! This name refers to crops which are harvested in the early fall. On one of these beautiful evenings be sure to step outside after dark because Jupiter and the Moon will be getting close in the South – Southwestern sky. It is such a beautiful time of year across our area, and as we head toward the full moon, it’s going to be even more beautiful.

We will be in the hot weather next week, so I decided to check the all time highest temperature for our area. June 29, 2012 was an incredible day as the temperature reached 111 degrees at Lebanon and Carthage. The highest temperature ever recorded in Tennessee was 113 at Perryville on July 29, 1930. Perryville is in Decatur County near the Tennessee River. The highest U.S. temperature on record is 134 at Death Valley California…an appropriate name with temperatures like that!

Steve Norris is certified by the National Weather Association. He 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.