It is going to be a beautiful week across Middle Tennessee with lots of sunshine and highs in the 70s. That is going to be the weather pattern through at least Oct. 11.

This is usually our driest month of the year. Unless we get a tropical system coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, the first half of the month is looking rather dry.

October can bring a wide range of temperatures. On Oct. 9, 1980, some areas hit 91 degrees but on the flip side, on Oct. 24, 1981, a winter-like cold snap brought record cold temperatures to Middle Tennessee. That day, Clarksville’s 20 degrees broke the record low for the month and Nashville broke its daily record at 28 degrees.

We have received snow on Halloween several times. October is always a wild ride of weather and you can expect 80 degree days but also frost and freeze.

September brought some heavy precipitation to Middle Tennessee with 8 to 10 inches of rain recorded in parts of Williamson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties.

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

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