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Good morning!

Did you get a little bit of rain yesterday? Want some more? 🙂 
Morning Map

  • Isobars - 300 mb (~30,000 feet)
  • Winds - Surface
  • Satellite - Water Vapor
  • Conditions - Temperatures

Looking at the morning map, the next shortwave is plainly evident over TX/OK this morning and rotating with the upper level flow.  These shortwaves travel in the direction of the upper level flow (blue arrow) which means they move in the same general direction as the isobars you see in the image. In addition, we have a fairly strong flow of moisture from the Gulf (red arrows) pumping moisture into our area. Combine those two features and you get a pretty soupy atmosphere that is conducive for very good chances for showers and thunderstorms today.




Another shortwave moving through the upper level flow will cross the area this afternoon/evening ahead of an approaching front. As this shortwave crosses through the area, afternoon heating will lead to moderate instability across the forecast area, with the highest instability axis across central Georgia. In addition, deep moisture with PWAT'S increasing to nearly two inches combined with the enhanced lift from the shortwave will lead to increased chances for showers and thunderstorms beginning this morning and continuing into the evening. With the influence of the shortwave, some storms may become strong to isolated severe with the main hazards being gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain, which could lead to some localized flooding issues, especially across portions of northern Georgia. SPC has also included portions of central Georgia in a Marginal risk for severe storms this afternoon. Coverage is expected to diminish overnight although a stray shower or thunderstorm isn't out of the question overnight.

By this evening, a surface low near the Great Lakes region will push an elongated cold front towards the forecast area. The front isn't expected to make it far into the CWA, but regardless the additional moisture and dynamics associated with the frontal zone will help to continue high chances for showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday in the afternoon and evening when instability will be highest. Central Georgia currently looks to be the main focus area for Wednesday with likely pops across much of central Georgia in the afternoon and evening as the front lingers across the area. In addition, SPC has much of the forecast area outlooked in a Marginal Risk on Wednesday afternoon and evening with the main hazards being gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain.


After all the rain that fell yesterday, we going to have some fog around this morning.  This shows the visibility in miles at 8 am today, but specific locations may vary depending on the rain that fell and the actual temperature. ecmwf-deterministic-atlanta-vsby_mi-2913600.thumb.png.da9c4a3f402461f46794d7e47e8cd7a0.png


Blairsville holds the honor of low temp and most rain for Sunday (record reports lag by one day), tomorrow we'll see how we did yesterday. 



I had some great views of the storms that rolled through yesterday and here's a snapshot of one of them.



And the time lapse shows two separate rounds. This link will start the video right before the first round of rain comes in.


I'll have some additional videos later this morning.
Probably not the best of days to work outdoors, but if you have no choice, be especially careful with the lightning. I grabbed this image from yesterday, and I live where the red circle is. All of the yellow dots (with the yellow circles) were lightning strikes, all within a 10 minute period. It appears that a lot of my neighbors were pretty close to strikes. All of these were negative lighting strikes meaning cloud to ground.



So enjoy the day the best that you can! 




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