STEVE NORRIS

Norris

After A chilly weekend, warmer air will gradually move back in for the week ahead. Much of this week   will feature sunshine and highs in the 70s; yes, it’s going to be another beautiful week across Middle Tennessee.

For about the past 20 years November has become a time for a second tornado season for Tennessee. Usually not as bad as the spring but it is a time much like April when we have the battle of the air masses as colder air clashes with warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

There were tornado outbreaks in November of 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. You can see that it will be a month that we will have to be on guard for tornadoes in our state.

So far this year there have been 35 Tennessee tornadoes that have killed 28 people and injured hundreds. Twenty-one of the tornadoes have been in Middle Tennessee and six in East Tennessee. The strongest was an EF-4 in Putnam County on March 3 with winds possibly as high as 200 miles per hour. 

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

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