Wet start to June, Dry May

It’s been a wet start to the month of June in some parts of Middle Tennessee, widely scattered showers and thunderstorms dotted the radar through the afternoon and evening. For many the rain is much needed.  The weather pattern for the rest of the week will remain unsettled with on and off rain each day.

A shallow front that has been in the northern plains and great lakes is dropping south.  It will stall out over Middle Tennessee.  With the influx of deep moisture from the south, it’ll be the focusing point for more rain and thunderstorms. This will linger into the mid state Friday. The most likely time each day for precipitation will be in the afternoon and early evening.

Another disturbance comes through on Saturday that will keep rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. Sunday will likely see rain too, especially early in the day. At least the temperatures will stay out of the 90s with all the rain.


The beginning of next week expect a brief break with sunshine, lower temperatures and humidity.

Rain is good when you consider we have just ended two very dry months.  In Nashville, April is the 5th driest April on record. May didn’t set that kind of record, but it was dry, the driest since 2005. May 2016 received 2.37″ of rain, 3.13″ below average.  May 2005 had 1.03″ of rain.  The driest May on record was in 1951 with only .83″.  Can you imagine how brown lawns were and how crispy crops were…ugh.

May 2016 was the 4th driest May on record for Crossville with only 1.84″ of rain, 3.52 below average. Clarksville was near average with 5.28″ or rainfall, .32″ below normal.

Lisa What to Expect 2

Many areas are suffering from a lack of rain. The U.S. Drought Monitor has some areas in a Moderate zone.  The weekly drought update will come out tomorrow. We’ll see if the rain made a dent in the problem.


Join me tonight on Channel 4 News at 10pm for the latest on the rain and a live look at 4WARN Live Doppler Radar, the only live radar in Middle Tennessee.

Lisa Spencer

posted 9:35PM





About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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