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Atlanta Weather | Tuesday Forecast

Tonight - Cloudy skies with overnight lows falling into the mid to lower 70's. There is a slim chance of a t-storm.

Tomorrow - Mostly cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and storms. Highs will be in the mid 80's and rain chances will be 30%.

Officials: EF-1 tornado touched down in Heard Co. on Sunday

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service says a strong EF-1 tornado briefly touched down Sunday evening in Heard County.

The storm prompted a tornado warning for portions of Heard and Carroll counties for about an hour early Sunday evening.

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Winds from the tornado topped out at 105 mph, and it ran for about a half-mile near the town of Ephesus in Heard County.

National Weather Service survey crews said the storm was on the ground for less than two minutes and caused roof damage to a mobile home and damage to numerous trees in the area along Upper Caldwell Road about two miles northwest of Ephesus.

No injuries were reported.

Atlanta Weather | Average Rainfall Reached

Atlanta Weather | Average Rainfall Reached

We did it. We have reached a years’ worth of rain and it is only August!  This past weekend’s rainfall pushed us over the top, reaching 50.43 (48.68” is the average). The rainy summer has caused mudslides, road collapse, and numerous trees down. But that’s nowhere near the amount of rain that we received in 2009. We received close to 70 inches. And in recent years, we topped the average in 2003(52.90), 2004(53.60), and in 2005(56.43).
The lowest in the past 18 years was 2007(31.85), the year of a severe drought.

Sunday Evening Atlanta Weather Update

As of Sunday night, we are now just three-tenths of an inch of rain away from getting a year's worth of rain in Atlanta.  We picked up just over a quarter of an inch of rain Sunday.  So far this year, we've had 49.38" of rain in Atlanta.  Our average rain total for an entire year is 49.68".  With more rain moving in overnight, we could reach that milestone by Monday morning.  If not tonight, then we will probably do it Monday.

Our rain chances go down a little to 40% on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  With the rain chances going down, the temperature will have a chance to move up.  We will move back to the 80s for the first part of the week.

It will be drier by the end of the week with temps warming to near 90.

1 Half Inch Away from A Year's worth of Rain in Atlanta

We could reach a weather milestone today!  We are just a half inch away from receiving a year's worth of rain in Atlanta.  The annual average rain total for Atlanta from Jan-Dec is 49.68".  That's how much rain we receive in a typical year.  So far this year, we've picked up 49.11".  That's just .57" away from a year's worth of rain.

We could go over that total today.  Some computer models are predicting close to an inch of rain today.  We will watch the totals and let you know when we reach that milestone.

The rain chances will go down a little for the rest of the week.  We go down to a 40% chance for showers Monday and Tuesday, then a 30% chance on Wednesday and Thursday.  Drier and hotter air will be here for the end of the week.

Erin Weakens to a Tropical Depression

Erin is falling apart.  The storm way out in the Atlantic that we've been monitoring for the past few days is weakening.  Saturday night it was downgraded to a tropical depression.  The forecast track shows that it may not last much longer.  It will most likely die out in the Atlantic Ocean over the next couple of days.

Here's the latest from the NHC:

Sunday Atlanta Weather Outlook

We broke a record low temperature Saturday.  We briefly moved down to 61 degrees.  The record for today's date is 62 degrees set in 1948.  We will also brroke another record this afternoon.  Not for warmth, but for the coolest high temp on record for Saturday's date.  The coolest high that we've had on an August 17th is 74 degrees in 1939.  We only hit 66.