Memorial Day Forecast, Warm With a Few Rain Chances Ahead

It’s Memorial Day. As long as we’re doing this, we will remember Army Spc. Jason K. Edens. We remember him today.

He was born in Nashville. He graduated from Franklin High School in 2007. After a few semesters in college, he joined the Army then married Ashley.  Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2011.

He was 22 years old, when, on April 15, 2012, while on small arms patrol in Laghman province, Afghanistan, he was injured when his unit was attacked with small arms fire. He was transported to Germany then Bethesda, Maryland, where he died of his injuries on April 26, 2012.

“Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division deeply mourns the loss of an outstanding soldier; we are keeping Spc. Jason Eden’s wife, family, friends, and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” stated Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general of the 1st Armored Division, in a news release in 2012. “He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation.”

He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge in addition to numerous other awards. He and Ashley had been married 3 years. They were planning a formal wedding when he returned from Afghanistan since they didn’t get to have one before. He had 85 days left on his first deployment.

I did not know him, but was among the thousands who lined the streets of downtown Franklin when his funeral processional came through. I don’t know his wife Ashley, parents Janet and Mike Crane, Jim and Jan Edens, half-brother JR Edens, step sister Kelly Crane, or step brother James Crane.

All I know to do is honor his memory by taking this time to ask you to do the same. If you know his family, or if you’re part of his family, I don’t know what to tell you other than that I remember him, and I wish I had known him.

Warm and Rain Chances Increasing Throughout the Week

Monday remains dry. Tuesday carries a *very* slight chance for a shower or storm. Wednesday, a better chance for afternoon storms moves in, thanks to the influence of an upper level trough nearby.

Then the weekend arrives. Friday through next Monday look pretty wet. A series of shortwaves (pieces of atmospheric energy) will traverse the area creating plentiful chances for showers and storms. “Will they be severe?” While uncertain at this stage in the game, it would be hard to rule out severe storms in the late spring-early summer timeframe. But officially, there is no outlook for severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center.

The latest outlook from the Weather Prediction Center shows 1-1.5″ of rainfall over the next seven days (through next Monday morning):

Headed out to the Bridgestone Plaza tonight? Here’s a look at temperatures this evening:

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5-Day Forecast