Recent Rain & The Drought

The recent rain from this past weekend will undoubtedly help with the drought conditions across north Georgia. Most locations saw between one and two inches of rain with two to three inches in isolated spots.

Leading into this past weekend forty six percent of the state was classified as being in a moderate drought, with thirty eight percent being abnormally dry.  Nine percent had severe drought with another three and a half percent in the extreme category.  None of the state was classified in the exceptional category, while almost three percent had no drought at all.

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Lots of heavy rain fell across the mountains where extreme drought remained as of last week. Hopefully when the new numbers are released tomorrow we will see that area of red (extreme drought) shrink!

WET START TO JUNE

After a wet May that saw over 4″ of rain here in north Georgia we will again be looking at a wetter than normal pattern to start off the month of June. Showers and t-showers although isolated this afternoon may become more numerous by the evening.

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The same upper level low that has supported the t-storms development here since the weekend will be with us for the upcoming week. T-storm chances remain at about 60% through Tuesday and start to diminish by the end of the week. The threat of severe weather remains fairly low the next few days with the main threat being lightning and damaging winds.

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The end to the week should have fewer rain chances, beginning on Wednesday when the chance for rain diminishes to 30% and then eventually 20% for Saturday & Sunday.

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MORE RAIN, DRIZZLE & FOG

Fog and drizzle will make for a soupy night and then t-showers possible by Wednesday.

RAIN: Light rain continues tonight with dense fog across all of north Georgia. Visibility at times will be reduced to a quarter of a mile or less so be careful driving. A few showers will be with us early on Wednesday and then a round of stronger showers and t-showers will return for late Wednesday and early Thursday. Nothing severe, but a rumble or two of thunder can’t be ruled out. Rain totals will generally be less than a half inch.

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TEMPERATURES: Today we saw a huge range of temperatures with the northeastern part of the state stuck in the 40s while areas south near Macon and Columbus soared into the mid-70s. A more even distribution of temperatures will return tomorrow with highs area wide in the 70s. Enjoy it because much colder air returns by Thursday with temperatures in the afternoon only in the low 40s!

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MORE WET WEATHER ON THE WAY

Showers will continue this week along with milder temperatures.
RAIN: A flow of moisture out of the southwest will keep clouds and a chance for showers across the Southeast through Thursday. The rain will be light with the best chance of heavier downpours on Wednesday when a chance of t-showers enters the forecast. Showers will be ending by Thursday morning just in time as colder air moves in from Tennessee. Rain total through the period will average less than an inch for the 4 day period. Fog will be likely each night and morning so be careful driving during the early morning commute.

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TEMPERATURES: Finally some milder air will make it back into our area Monday through Wednesday. Highs will start off near 60 on Monday and reach the upper 60s by Wednesday. Enjoy it because colder air will return for Thursday and Friday before the next warm up takes place next weekend.
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ACTIVE WEATHER THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE

A series of storm systems coming in off of the west coast will bring rain on and off through Christmas Eve.
RAIN: Rain will develop late Friday night and Saturday with a half to one inch of rain possible through Saturday afternoon. After that the next storm system will move through the Pacific Northwest over the weekend and eventually bring showers and t-storms to the Southeast and snow across the Great Lakes. Here in North Georgia expect t-storms to develop during the afternoon or evening on Tuesday. It’s too early to tell if any storms will be severe, but we certainly could see a few strong t-storms capable of damaging winds. Once that system pushes through dry weather will return for the rest of the week.

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SNOW: On Wednesday morning (Christmas Eve) much colder air will move in behind the cold front and could possibly aid in the development of a few snow showers across the North Georgia Mts. The period of snow would be brief, and with the ground wet and warm from the previous rain, any snow that falls should melt.

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TEMPERATURES: Seasonable temperatures will remain in place through Christmas Eve with highs in the 50s and lows in the mid to upper 30s to lower 40s. Colder air will arrive just in time for Christmas with highs in the 40s and lows near freezing.

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MAJOR EAST COAST STORM

An area of low pressure forming along the Carolina coast with spread rain and snow up and down the East Coast on Wednesday.
SET-UP: Low pressure along the South Carolina coast will rapidly intensify along a stalled cold front tonight, and will then progress northeastward along the Eastern Seaboard spreading steady rains and gusty winds inland with heavy snow expected in the Appalachians from North Carolina northward to Maine.

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IMPACTS: Heavy snows will develop tonight and throughout the day Wednesday along the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina north to Maine. 2-4” are expected on the southern end near Asheville, NC while areas throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York State and interior sections of New England could see 6-10” or more. The Major cities up and down the East Coast will see significantly less, starting with less than an inch in Washington, DC and possibly 1-3” in Philadelphia and Boston. New York City meanwhile could get a bit more than that with 3-5” expected there.

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TRAVEL: Persons traveling by car should use extreme caution if traveling through the mountains due to the heavy snow, and should expect major delays due to the rain and increased volume. Air travel to and from the major
hubs along the East Coast will be affected somewhat less due to the lesser amounts of snow near the coast, but delays are still likely due to the wet weather and volume of traffic.

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LOCAL WEATHER: Here in North Georgia the rain will not have as great of an impact due to the timing and amount of rain. The rain for the most part will be light with less than a quarter of an inch for most. Slightly higher amounts will fall to the east near Athens. The timing will be such that most of the rain will have moved out of Georgia and into South Carolina by early morning, well before most people start their trips on Wednesday.

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THANKSGIVING AND BLACK FRIDAY: The weather will clear out just in time for Thanksgiving and Black Friday with lots of sunshine both days. Temperatures will be on the cold side with overnight lows near freezing and highs only in the upper 40s and lower 50s. By the weekend highs will climb back into the 60s with lots of sun. This looks to be the start of a warming trend that could last into the first few weeks of December.

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NEAR RECORD COLD ON THE WAY

Another blast of cold arctic air is on the way along with rain for late tonight and early Monday.
RAIN: Rain will continue to spread across Georgia tonight and early Monday bringing much needed rainfall. Rain totals could reach 1-2” by the time it starts to taper off by midday on Monday. Heaviest rain totals will be west and north of Atlanta where isolated amounts of over 2” are possible. To the south and east of Atlanta look for rain totals closer to an inch or less. Dry weather will return through Thursday with a slight chance for showers Friday and then another good chance of rain next Sunday.

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BITTER COLD: Another Arctic blast of cold air will arrive late Monday and bring temperatures that are usually seen only in January and February. The high on Monday will reach 52 around noon and then to near 40 by 5pm. The low Tuesday morning will drop to 23 with a high during the afternoon of 37 and then drop to 21 on Wednesday morning! We didn’t see temperatures that cold last winter until the first week of January! Milder air will return by the end of the week with highs near 60 going into the weekend.

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TEMPERATURES ABOUT TO TAKE A DIVE

The arctic air descending upon the Midwest today will push into the Southeast late Wednesday.
TEMPERATURES: After highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s the past three days we are about to experience an abrupt change in our weather here in North Georgia. A potent cold front will arrive Wednesday bringing with it the coldest air of the season. Highs on Wednesday will remain mild, but once the front moves through temperatures will drop sharply during the evening. Look for a high of 66 on Wednesday with highs only in the low 50s Thursday and barely near 50 on Friday. Overnight lows will drop below freezing both Friday and Saturday morning so protect plants and pets. Usually this time of year an outbreak of cold weather like this doesn’t last long, but this one will linger into and through next week.

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RAIN CHANCES: Showers are not expected with the front as it moves through on Wednesday, but a system developing this weekend will spread rain across North Georgia during the morning and afternoon on Sunday. Highs on Saturday will only climb into the low to mid 50s with highs on Sunday near 50, but possibly in the 40s depending on the timing of the rain.

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STILL ON TRACK FOR A BIG COOL DOWN!

Much colder air is still poised to sweep across the South by Thursday!

TEMPERATURES: Another sunny, mild is on tap for Tuesday with highs once again near 70. The mild air will hang on one more day after that with highs in the mid to upper 60s on Wednesday, but a strong cold front will push through and start dropping the temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday. Highs on Thursday will range from the upper 40s north to mid-50s south. Overnight lows will drop to near freezing both Saturday and Sunday morning with some outlying areas in the upper 20s. Over the weekend expect more of the same.

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RAIN: A system will develop along the Gulf Coast by the weekend and this will spread rain north into Georgia. Expect light to moderate rain most of the day on Sunday lasting into the morning hours on Monday. This will hopefully bring some much needed rain to North Georgia.

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SHOWERS AND MUCH COOLER AIR

Showers will move into north Georgia along a front that will bring cooler air for the weekend.
TIMING: Showers will arrive in northwest Georgia by early Thursday morning, and eventually move into metro Atlanta around sunrise. The showers will be heaviest in the northwest corner of the state and will diminish as they approach Atlanta. Rain totals will be lightest east of Atlanta and heaviest to the northwest. Rain totals will average near a half inch near Rome, around a tenth to two tenth in Atlanta, and lesser amounts toward Athens. The showers will completely end to the east by mid-afternoon.

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COOLER AIR: Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will continue to be mild out ahead of the cold front with most areas in the 70 to 75 degree range on Wednesday and in the upper 60s to near 70 by Thursday. Behind the front highs will only reach into the upper 50s to near 60 through the weekend with overnight lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

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