I think Mother Nature will help out everyone’s lawn and garden this week.

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are going to be on the increase this week across the county and most of Tennessee. There is at least a 50 percent chance of rain on most afternoons with high temperatures of 90 to 95 degrees and high humidity.

The long-range outlook continues to favor hotter than normal weather for the remainder of summer and the start of autumn but we do expect the hurricane season to start getting active again in the coming weeks. That can always have an impact on the weather in one way or another.

The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower is coming soon. It is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and early morning of July 29.

The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year. But if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few of the brighter ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

As we get closer to the meteor shower you may see a few each night. I saw two streak across the sky last week about 1 a.m.  A much bigger meteor shower is coming Aug. 11-12.

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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