Last week, Middle Tennessee was slipping and sliding through our coldest February in 15 years. Portions of Sumner County received 10 inches.

The polar jet stream which is like a river of strong wind in the upper atmosphere dividing the Arctic air from the milder air to the south, and it dipped all the way down into southern Texas bringing the coldest weather in over 100 years and then it was positioned across North Alabama.

And we were to the north of the Polar Jet and that left middle Tennessee in the Deep Artic cold.

We will enjoy much milder weather this week with highs in the 50s and maybe one or two days of 60 degrees temperatures. We do not see any more Arctic air in our area into the first week of March but we will probably get at least one more round of winter weather before spring arrives.

The days are getting longer and doesn’t it seem nice! Sunset now is 5:30 p.m. and the time changes on March 13 and the sun will be setting after 6:30 p.m.

If you have a weather question or need weather data, my email is

Steve Norris obtained his first job in radio doing the weather as a senior in high school. As well as writing articles for newspapers, he provides severe weather information to county governments and Emergency Management and also does live hourly weather reports for radio stations. He has received multiple awards for his coverage of severe weather in middle Tennessee — both tornadoes and ice storms.

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