Summer starts dry in much of the Tennessee Valley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Weather conditions that have dried parts of the Tennessee River valley to drought status are expected to persist across an expected hotter than usual summer.

The lack of rainfall is posing challenges of river navigation, recreation, water quality and municipal water supplies.

As summer settles in across the South, any organized rainfall will be limited to passing cold fronts. Most of the rain will come from typical convection thunderstorms, which are short -lived and spotty.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is watching the river flow and moving water from reservoirs to meet minimum standards of stream flow.

It's a delicate balance, but the only the Kentucky Lake section of the river is below normal so far.

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