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Rain Rain Everywhere

Remember when I said the other day in Gulfport’s verification that the Southeast US in the summertime is a constant shooting gallery for thunderstorms? The same pretty much applies to Atlanta. They got precip both days, with Wednesday’s thunderstorm making more of a direct impact than Thursday’s shower. There was a 3-way tie for the win between Accuweather, the NWS, and Forecast IO

Wednesday: 0.07″ in an afternoon thunderstorm. High 86, Low 67.
Thursday: 0.02″ in a late morning shower. High 88, Low 67.
Forecast Grade: B

Atlanta, Georgia

Things are getting active in the southeast, and that’s just where we are going today.

At 552PM, ET, Atlanta was reporting a temperature of 86 degrees with mostly sunny skies. There was an isolated thunderstorm lurking between Kennesaw and Cartersville underscoring the still relevant threat for storms this evening, though the better threat for inclement weather was to the east, where there was a line of thunderstorms moving into South Carolina and the Georgia Coast.
The storms today were enhanced and severe out east by a surface wave over the eastern Great Lakes, which was producing a boundary in the Appalachians. This low will wind up and move northeast towards the Maritimes, but the general instability of north Georgia will remain. A wave moving through the central Plains, resulting from some lee troughing will move into the Tennessee Valley late on Thursday, likely enhancing thunderstorms again across the area.
Tomorrow – Isolated showers and storms, High – 87, Low 71
Thursday – Isolated showers and storms, becoming stronger and more widespread late, High 86, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Thunderstorms High 87, Low 68
Thursday – PAtlanta

Continuing to be cool and cloudy

One of the consequences of the stagnant pattern we have found ourselves in has been a sludge of stratus and thick cumulus over the southeastern United States. There is definitely the sun angle for temperatures to climb into the 80s, but the radiation just isn’t reaching the ground to generate that kind of warmth. The past two days, those cooling clouds were paired with some light rain in Atlanta. It wasn’t entirely unexpected, though most outlets didn’t mention the threat on Saturday. Maybe it was simply people not wanting to ruin peoples’ entire weekends. Weathernation is less concerned with making friends than it is about making correct forecasts, however, and came through on top.
Actuals: Friday – .01 inches of rain, High 69, Low 46
Saturday – Trace of rain, High 73, Low 52

Grade: A-C

Atlanta, Georgia

Our final day of Winter has passed! Spring is almost here! Hooray! Let’s head down south to see if the first weekend of Spring will be awesome:

At 1152pm EDT, the temperature at Atlanta, Georgia was 48 degrees with a light drizzle falling. A mid-level disturbance is pushing through the Mid-Atlantic, bringing rain from SC to VA and eventually snow to portions of the Northeast and New England. Low clouds and fog and lingered in its wake, leaving some drizzle or isolated showers lingering over the Deep South. With weak high pressure in the area, it will take a while to scour out the low conditions Friday morning, possibly lingering into the afternoon before conditions improve. High pressure becomes a bit more prevalent on Saturday, keeping scattered showers and thunderstorms further south along the Gulf Coast. It will still be mostly cloudy, but should at least remain dry to kick off the weekend, and a bit warmer as well.

Also, Spring officially starts Friday at 645pm Atlanta time as the Earth reaches the Spring Equinox. Winter is finally over people!!

Friday: Chances of morning drizzle/fog, clearing out some by afternoon. High 69, Low 48.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 72, Low 52.

TWC: Friday: Mostly cloudy, isolated showers possible, High 71, Low 48.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 75, Low 51.

AW: Friday: A brief shower or two in early morning, then mostly cloudy and warmer. High 71, Low 49.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 75, Low 53.

NWS: Friday: Areas of rain. High 70, Low 47.
Saturday: Slight change of showers, increasing late. High 72, Low 50.

WB: Friday: Areas of fog in the morning. Chance of rain and drizzle in afternoon. High 70, Low 48.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 72, Low 53.

WN: Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 70, Low 46.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. High 72, Low 50.

FIO: Friday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 70, Low 47.
Saturday: Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 71, Low 52.

We see a few light showers scattered across the region tonight, with the drizzle happening right now most likely too light to get picked up by radar. It looks to get murkier as the weekend progresses.


Just as beautiful as I remember

Before I left on vacation, I put out a forecast for Atlanta. It called for sun and warm temperatures, which is what I experienced over the weekend when I passed through Hotlanta. The forecasts weren’t too shabby either, and there was a tie for the top spot. Universally acceptable forecasting! The Weather Service and Accuweather had the top forecast.
Actuals: October 3rd, High 73, Low 52
October 4th, High 81, Low 55

Grade: B

Atlanta, Georgia

In about 4 days, I will pass through Atlanta. Not quite within the valid time of the forecast today.

At 952AM, ET, Atlanta was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees, with mostly cloudy skies in the wake of a cold front that lies between Atlanta and Athens. High pressure is expected to settle in this afternoon behind the slow moving boundary.
The occluding low that has generated the slow moving front will sit north of Atlanta for about 24 more hours, and as a result, there may be some clouds in the area for a while through tomorrow, but as the front stall s over north Florida an the low drifts towards the eastern Carolinas, skies will clear and a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and Thursday are in store for Atlanta.
Tomorrow – Cloudy early, then clearing, High 78, Low 54
Thursday – Sunny and warmer – High 83, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 79, Low 54
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 82, Low 54

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and nice High 78, Low 56
Thursday – Nice with sunshine and patchy clouds High 83, Low 58

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 77, Low 56
Thursday – Sunny, High 82, Low 56

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 55
Thursday – Sunny High 83, Low 54

Thursday in Minneapolis will bring a brisk change to the atmosphere in the Twin Cities, and will be awesome in Atlanta. Atlanta wins. The satellite for the city looks pretty murky in the southeast, but it’s all clearing out!

Home Field Advantage

Everybody had a chance of thunderstorms each day for Atlanta, GA, since it’s summertime in the Southeast. That means you have a chance of thunderstorms essentially every single day. Friday didn’t disappoint as an evening thunderstorm dropped a nice deluge on the city, but Saturday stayed dry. The Weather Channel took home the top spot for this forecast, which it should probably do, being based in Atlanta and all.

Friday: 0.90″ of rain in a thunderstorm High 94, Low 72.
Saturday: High 87, Low 73.
Forecast Grade: B

Atlanta, Georgia

The first forecast for the month of August takes us to Hotlanta. Lets check out some weather.

At 1052AM, ET, Atlanta was reporting a temperature of 87 degrees with partly cloudy skies. A dew point in the 70s completed the picture of a typical summer day in the southeast. The cloyingly thick air was also responsible for an air quality alert as it stagnated over northern Georgia.
A weak wave has moved through the southeast overnight towards the Florida Panhandle. Given the temperature and dewpoint in Atlanta, it’s pretty clear that the area hasn’t stabilized, though today may be a little less active than recent days. The pattern over the northern Plains will bear an impact on Georgia the next two days, however, as a robust southwesterly flow off the Gulf will develop. A broad low moving along the Canadian border will induce the flow, and thunderstorms will be come more widespread across the Atlanta area each of the next two days.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers and storms, High 90, Low 73
Saturday – A few afternoon showers and storms, High 89, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – PM T-Storms High 89, Low 72
Saturday – Isolated T-Storms High 87, Low 72

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm in spots High 90, Low 75
Saturday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around High 89, Low 74

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. Partly sunny High 91, Low 74
Saturday – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, High 90, Low 73

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers with isolated thunderstorms in the morning…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon High 92, Low 76
Saturday – Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms High 89, Low 72

Without a massive change in air mass, we are all checking in with very similar forecasts. A look at the satellite shows some thunderstorms over Mississippi and Alabama, moving away from Atlanta.

Breaking free

You couldn’t have asked for two more different days in Atlanta than Sunday and Monday. Sunday didn’t get out of the 60s, and they were inundated with more than an inch of rain. Temperatures exploded, however, on Monday, when Atlanta cleared out after a little bit of rain in the morning. They hit 80 with the sun, after not even touching 70 the day before. The outlet that was able to handle the bipolarity of the Atlanta weather was, in fact, Victoria-Weather.
Actuals: Sunday – 1.28 inches of rain, High 69, Low 60
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 80, Low 64

Grade: B

Eugene, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia

We are off on a lengthy road trip today, covering 5 days and parts of 11 states. It’s 2615 miles between the two cities, and we will cover 64.5 miles an hour. We will pace ourselves by only covering 516.2 miles a day. Let’s hit the road, shall we?


Sunday is going to be a scenic drive through the back country of Oregon and then parts of Idaho. The part of Idaho with people. The drive will be pretty pleasant, as the Pacific Northwest is under high pressure. We will make it all the way to King Hill, Idaho, which is about 20 minutes past Mountain Home.

There is a little disturbed area over the Front Range of Colorado, but it will sink south and away from our route. Expect awesome driving conditions through Idaho, northern Utah and the west half of Wyoming. We will end the day in Fort Steele, Wyoming, which is just a tremendous name for a place. I feel very safe there.

The biggest change on the drive Tuesday is that things are really going to flatten out. Yep, we’re in Nebraska now! The drive will be much easier as the flat land of Nebraska is conducive to straight roads, and probably speeds that are well above the average for this particular journey. We will get to Bradshaw, Nebraska, just outside of York, well ahead of time with no significant weather (except for some toasty temperatures) to deal with.

A weak little trough moving through Canada will send a surface boundary through Iowa and Illinois may affect the drive late in the day on Wednesday. Our day will end in Lebanon, Illinois, which is on the other side of the Mississippi from St. Louis. Our horizon may darken as we arrive in the St. Louis metro, but the chances are good that we arrive in Lebanon before the rain.

It’s a way out right now, but Thursday looks like it will be fairly quiet over the southeast. That narrow band of showers and storms will be triggered by solar radiation, and will exist over Kentucky and northern Tennessee. Translated: we will be south of the showers and storms by the time they ignites. Enjoy Atlanta, which will be rather toasty here in mid-May.