Mark your calendar for the night of Aug. 11 and the early morning hours of Aug. 12 for the Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The second quarter moon will block out some of the fainter meteors this year, but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it should still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

High temperatures this week will be a little below normal, around 85 degrees on most afternoons.

There were some incredible rainfall reports across the Midstate during July with around 13 inches reported five miles southeast of Gallatin, and close to 11 inches in Dickson and Clarksville.

It was a stormy month with 20 days of thunderstorms recorded. No major rain systems are coming this week, just the usual pop up showers possible on some afternoons. 

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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