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Athens, Georgia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I just drove from Minnesota to Florida and back. This ten and a half hour trip is nothing! It’s about 640 miles between the two cities, which lends us to a 60.9mph average speed as we navigate the Appalachians. We are squeezing it into one day, so let’s get to it!


The first portion of our day will take us into the Piedmont of the Carolinas, which will be a good, eastern route to keep us dry. We will continue under cloudy skies, but without the flash of the wipers until we start finding our way uphill. Fortunes turn along the Virginia-West Virginia border, when a spot of rain will develop, mixed, most likely, with snow. It will begin to transition back to rain as we settle back into Pittsburgh, but for a few tenuous moments in West Virginia, we will contend with steep grade, snow, and trucks without breaks. You will never be happier to be in Pittsburgh, I assure you.

Athens, Georgia

It’s not often that I get to forecast for a state that I am actually in. I’m about an hour south of Athens in Macon right now. I’m terrible at taking vacations.

At 1151AM, ET, Athens was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 32 degrees. Athens found itself on the cold side of a very chilly cold front, which was being reinforced by a strong cold pool. Flurries were reported overnight in the area, but there isn’t a cloud in the sky today.
There isn’t much to suggest anything changing in the pattern, save for sunny skies allowing for a bit of a warm up through the middle of the week in Athens.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 48, Low 20
Thursday – High 56, Low 30

TWC: Tomorrow – Generally sunny High 51, Low 20
Thursday – Mainly sunny. High 58, Low 30

AW: Tomorrow – Warmer with plenty of sunshine High 48, Low 20
Thursday – Milder with bright sunshine High 56, Low 30

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 48, Low 20
Thursday – Sunny High 55, Low 30

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 48, Low 20
Thursday – Sunny High 55, Low 30

Very good model agreement in Athens. There won’t be any weather surprises. The only clouds showing up are those induced by the Smokey Mountains.

Not Quite as Stormy

Everybody had chances for thunderstorms both days in Athens, and they did in fact see precip both days. However, both Saturday and Sunday logged only a trace of precip, a far cry from a direct hit by a thunderstorm most of us were expecting. That’s what usually happens in the Southeast during the summer anyways. Accuweather took home the top spot this time around, and no, I’m not kidding! They really did finish 1st!

Saturday: Trace of precip in shower during afternoon. High 94, Low 68.
Sunday: Trace of precip in early morning shower. High 96, Low 72.
Forecast Grade: A

Athens, Georgia

Northern Georgia for the day’s forecast, and the home of the University of Georgia. Athens is a pretty large college town, isn’t it? Check out the end of the page for the Athens Weather blog roundup!

At 351PM, ET, Athens was reporting a temperature of 91 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Typical diurnal convection was being seen primarily along coastal regions of Georgia and South Carolina, though more isolated clouds were being seen bleeding north into the center part of the state. Tropical Depression Six off the coast is leading to a little bit of subsidence over the region, but clearly, not enough to completely end the threat for thunderstorms in Athens.
An upper level trough over the Plains will swing south into the Great Lakes and Mid Atlantic. Though the trough isn’t terribly strong, it is expected to carry some energy south into the Athens area. The threat for some synoptic development and a bit of cooler, drier air advectiing into the area Sunday evening may open up the chance for some severe weather, though really, the biggest threat is for heavy rains.
Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms, High 93, Low 70
Sunday – Storms becoming more widespread late, High 92, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. high 90, Low 70
Sunday – Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the morning High 92, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Very warm with times of clouds and sun; an afternoon shower or thunderstorm around High 94, Low 69
Sunday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around High 93, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly sunny, High 94, Low 71
Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy High 92, Low 72

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 93, Low 69
Sunday – Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 91, Low 71

I think this is going to be an interesting forecast, especially with the timing and everything. Will the storms behave more autumnally? Or will they just blow up like usual? Interesting. Here is the local satellite image.

Blog Round up! There is only one blog that my cursory internet research leads me to just one site in Athens:
Athens, GA Weather is a privately run blog written by local resident Matt Daniel.

Misbehaving temperatures

After watching the storm and seeing bring warm air a lot further north than I expect, sparing places like Washington and Baltimore from too much freezing rain or snow. I expected, then, when I checked on Athens that their temperatures behaved similarly, importing some warm air yesterday, perhaps putting them in the 60s close to 70. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It rained in Athens for the entire day, dumping an inch of rain plus on the home of the University of Georgia, and that rain and those clouds kept temperatures from even reaching 50. The Weather Service managed to get the top forecast somehow.
Actuals: Monday – .18 inches of rain, High 53, Low 42
Tuesday – 1.23 inches of rain, High 47, Low 40

Grade: C

Athens, Georgia

It looks good now for most places east of the Rockies, but things are about to go to heck pretty quickly this week. Nobody will like it.

At 351PM, ET, Athens was reporting a temperature of 71 degrees with clear skies. An upper level trough was generating widespread showers and thunderstorms across the central Gulf Coast, with some clouds and light showers finding their way into the southern half of Alabama. This is the first component of what looks to be a major late winter storm system that will afflict most of the country.
The disturbance will unravel over the next 6 hours over the southeast, however an extremely broad trough is moving into the west, and the flow associated with that emerging system will use the remnant system in the southeast’s warm front. Expect increasing moisture across Athens tomorrow with widespread stratus and showers keeping actual temperatures down. As the center of the system gets organized over the center of the country, a more strident southerly flow will take hold for Tuesday, introducing warmer, muggier air ahead of an increasingly strong cold front. The front will arrive Tuesday evening with a chance for severe thunderstorms, with strong straight-line winds and tornadoes not out of the question and heavy overnight rains a near certainty.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers, increasingly humid. High 58, Low 48
Tuesday – Sunny early, with strong thunderstorms late, High 62, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon High 52, Low 48
Tuesday – Cloudy High 56, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Rather cloudy and cooler with a shower High 61, Low 46
Tuesday – Cloudy with a little rain High 60, Low 45

NWS: Tomorrow – A 50 percent chance of showers High 52, Low 47
Tuesday – A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 55, low 40

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of shower High 62, Low 47
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning…then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon High 58, Low 44

This is a crazy forecast. It’s going to be a strong storm moving through the center of the country, and nobody is quite sure how they want to handle it. I mean, tomorrow alone, there is a 10 degree difference in the high temperature forecast between Weatherbug and the Weather Service, and they are meteorological bosom buddies. I, for one, am a huge proponent of the warm air advection into Georgia Tuesday, but I might be the only one. This is going to be a good sized storm, so stay tuned.