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Atlanta Weather | Rare Blue Moon

Atlanta Weather | Rare Blue Moon
With a few breaks in the clouds, some of us got a chance to see a rare “Blue Moon.” Not because it is the second full moon this month, but actually gets its name from a relatively obscure rule of astronomy. And there are a few other details about the full moon that might surprise you. So to celebrate the Blue Moon, here are five amazing facts about this month's full moon: 1) It's not really blue: Okay, so not really a newsflash, but the Blue Moon's name actually has nothing to do with color. Occasionally, the full moon can take on a reddish pallor, but today's full moon is not related to the actual color of Earth's cosmic neighbor. The moon can appear blue in color if a forest fire or volcanic eruption litters the upper atmosphere with ash or smoke.

10 Years of Weather In 3 Minutes

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 12, operated by NOAA, was officially decommissioned today. The satellite’s initial purpose was to be a spare in case any of the other GOES satellites stopped working. However, in April 2003, it went into full operational mode and became the dedicated satellite to track weather patterns over North America.

The last 10 years of video imagery has been condensed into 3 short minutes, so if you blink you may miss some key moments like:

-The epic 2005 hurricane season from 0:42-0:52 (Hurricane Katrina appears at 0:47)

-The “Super Outbreak” on April 27/28, 2011, is between 2:24 and 2:25

-Superstorm Sandy hits the northeast at 2:50




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Atlanta Weather | Wednesday Forecast

Short Term

Over the next few days we are going to see a much needed break in the rain as it appears that our pattern is going to be changing! As the pattern begins to change a few things will happen, we will see our rain chances go down while our temps go up! So tomorrow brings us a 40% chance, but Thursday and Friday bring us a 30% chance!! 

The Weekend

As we head into the weekend it appears that we will be right underneath this ridge that has yet to build in this entire summer. What this will do is shut the rain down across the state for the most part starting on Saturday and lasting through mid next week. We will only have a 20% chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday and then we will see only about a 10% chance on Monday and Tuesday!!

The Mystery of Sailing Stones

The Mystery of Sailing Stones

It looks like any other rock in the middle of the desert, the one big difference is what you see behind it. Yes, those are tracks left behind by the rock.. The problem is that this is in the middle of Death Valley, CA where there is virtually no life at all. What you are looking at above are what are known as Sailing Stones and there are a few places in the world that have them, the most famous of them all is a place called Racetrack Playa, a dried up lake bed in the middle of Death Valley. When you come over the ridge line of this barren tundra you will see that the playa is littered with these rocks and their trails, some of them almost 1000 feet long.

Atlanta Weather | Tropical Heat

We have had 5 named storms so far, and as we head toward the active part of hurricane season it looks like more will be on the way. In fact NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane season outlook shows that. Peak season runs from mid-August to early October. The latest update calls for an additional 9 to 15 named storms, 6 to 9 of which are predicted to become hurricanes, and 3 to 5 of those reaching major hurricane status. Among the climate factors behind the heightened activity? Heat. These maps from NOAA show the tropical cyclone heat potential of the tropical Atlantic Ocean ramping up between May 24 (bottom) and August 4 (top).

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.