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NWS: East Tenn. could see warmer spring temps

11:59 PM, Mar 20, 2013   |    comments
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The National Weather Service is predicting this spring could bring with it temperatures warmer than average.

NWS Meteorologist David Hotz said a weather phenomena named a "Bermuda High" will likely bring strong, warm winds to our region.

"It's really from the Gulf, just kind of more of a Bermuda warmth, kind of the warmer temperatures from the south," he said.

However, Hotz said he is not sure how much precipitation East Tennessee will receive. He said the lack of an El Nino or La Nina weather pattern means precipitation in the region could stay the same, increase or decrease.

Hotz also said just because East Tennessee could get warmer temperatures does not mean it will receive stormier weather. He said the probability of severe storms relies on the placement of the jet stream.

"Severe storms have a lot to do with the storm systems, and again that's where the jet stream is," Hotz said.

He added the jet stream is expected to head north, making that region more susceptible to stronger storms.

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