No more drought in Tennessee

Jul 7, 2017

Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee's long drought appears to be over.

Weather Service meteorologist Justyn Jackson says Metro Nashville precipitation is currently six-tenths above average year to date. he says the uptick is even more pronounced this past week.

“Even since we flipped the calendar to July we’ve had nearly 2 and a half inches of rain for July so far, which is about…nearly two inches above normal.”

Other areas of Middle Tennessee have seen even more rain. Jackson says the Clarksville area is nearly 3 inches above normal for the year and up on the Cumberland Plateau they’ve seen well over six inches above average rainfall so far in 2017.

As for temperatures, the Nashville area has been slightly above normal, while Clarksville and Crossville areas have been below normal.

Looking ahead meteorologist Jackson says we can expect the above average rainfall to continue for at least the rest of the summer. And as for temperatures…

“It does look like as we get more into August and September it looks like the prospects for a much more warmer than normal temperatures are going to be expected for those months.”

There is an upside to the higher rainfall amounts. Just yesterday the Federal Drought Monitor released new data showing that for the first time in months Tennessee doesn’t have a single county with a drought designation.