By Steve Norris
Special to the Chronicle
May rainfall in Crossville totaled 8.18 inches, which made it the seventh wettest May on record and pushes our rainfall for 2013 to 33.58 inches, which is seven inches above normal.
June is starting out wet and it seems we will see thunderstorms pretty regularly as we go through the month. It was the end of June last year that we topped 100 degrees; however, the dome of high pressure and triple digit heat is sitting over Texas and Oklahoma at this time and we will just watch for any sign of an eastward shift of the heat.
There were no official 80-degree days the first 10 days of this month for Crossville. They will start to add up now as we get the outer fringes of that Texas heat wave.
The tropical season kicked off last week with Tropical Storm Andrea. We expect a very active season. The current thinking is the Gulf of Mexico will be an area to watch, from Texas to Florida, and those are the ones than can really affect us with heavy rainfall. It is going be a very interesting summer in the tropics.
Tornadoes in Tennessee in June are not unheard of but they are rare. The summer tornado belt is well to our west and north, from the plains to the great lakes. The storm threat for us becomes frequent cloud to ground lightning and straight line wind. You will notice lines of storms dropping down from the northwest from time to time, sometimes at night, and they can get pretty intense. This is common through July.