Burn bans in effect across Middle Tennessee; when we could see rain

Posted at 9:26 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 21:20:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several cities and counties across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky have announced burn bans until further notice.

A burn ban is in place in the following cities and counties:

  • Millersville
  • Sumner County
  • Westmoreland
  • Mount Juliet
  • Baxter
  • Shelbyville
  • Nolensville
  • Dickson
  • Cookeville
  • Murfreesboro
  • Smyrna
  • Spring Hill
  • Hendersonville
  • Rutherford County
  • Logan County, Kentucky

The Division of Forestry is also monitoring the wildfire risk across the state and urging everyone to be careful until we get some rain.

In Spring Hill, the city is also placing a ban on irrigation due to a lack of rainfall this month.

Meteorologist Lelan Statom says this September is on track to be the driest on record for Nashville. This comes a year after last September was the seventh wettest on record.

For perspective, here’s a look at some of the rainfall totals this month:

  • Nashville .01''
  • Clarksville .00''
  • Crossville .34''

A few of our eastern counties, including the Plateau, could see a stray shower or storm today, but most areas will stay dry through the weekend.

Temperatures will trend down to the low 90s for the end of the week and the upper 80s to around 90 degrees this weekend. The dewpoint levels will also drop, meaning the humidity levels will come down. It will be warm this weekend, but mornings and evenings will feel nice.

There are some rain chances for next week, but our long-range computers models differ on how much, if any, rain falls.