Meteorologists expect a pretty typical East Tenn. summer

(WBIR-Hamblen County) After a harsher than normal winter in East Tennessee, meteorologists expect the summer to be pretty close to average.

"The outlook for June, July and August is for things to be normal," said David Gaffin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Morristown.

Two charts from the NWS show Tennessee has an equal chance for above or below average temperatures this summer, along with above or below amounts of rainfall.

Gaffin said still we could get our fair share of storms, especially in July -- which is usually the wettest month of the year in our area.

"Scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon or evening many days. It doesn't mean you're going to get wet, but someone will get wet during the afternoon," he added.

Currently, East Tennessee is experiencing a dry spell, but not full drought conditions. That, Gaffin said, was again, normal.

"So we could have some hot spells where we get hot and dry, but it shouldn't last too long," he said. "These hot and dry conditions should preoccupy what's going on this summer."

The first day of summer is June 21.


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