Steve Norris

Rainfall totals in February were way above normal and now March is starting out with more heavy rainfall in many areas.

More than 14 inches of rain fell during February in Southern Middle Tennessee in Lincoln and Moore counties. Smithville and Cookeville recorded 11½ inches. Lebanon and Murfreesboro reported 11 inches of rainfall for the month with 8-9 inches common across the remainder of Middle Tennessee.

What is also bad with this weather pattern is that we are getting into what is normally the wettest part of the year from March through May.

It is going to be a mild week with highs in the 50s and 60s and no more Arctic air coming through March 15. A few thunderstorms this week could be near severe but no major outbreaks are expected at this time in our area.

The end of the week is looking drier and sunnier; keep your fingers crossed because we could end up with a pretty good weekend.

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday as we go back on Daylight Savings Time.

Steve Norris provides information to Emergency Management Agencies in many counties in Tennessee. You may contact him at weather1@charter.net with questions, provide a weather update for your area or suggest topics for his column.

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