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Upper Atmospheric Sprites

Upper Atmospheric Sprites

Ok, everyone know about regular lightning, but have you heard of the upper atmospheric kind called sprites?? You can see by looking at that picture above that is is very wild looking with orange and red tentacle looking things hanging down. These are all electrical discharges that affect the upper levels that is caused by what is happening with regular lightning down at the surface. It isn't exactly known why sprites occur, but here is what we do know: 

Flooding Chances Across the Metro Area Tonight

Flooding Chances Across the Metro Area Tonight

All of the Atlanta metro area is under a flash flood watch through the rest of the night, however I see a major change int he pattern that we have seen over the last few days. For the meantime the rain chances are going down tonight, as a matter of fact I think that by later tonight we will only see a few showers around the metro. There are a ton of meteorological reasons for the change tonight that I will explain below, but the one thing I see is that all the storms that are firing tonight are moving from the SE to the NW. So as these storms move NW, they will weaken and die. Ok, what's the change?

Atlanta Weather | Flooding Safety

Atlanta Weather | Flooding Safety
As much as 5 to 7 inches of rain fell in parts of north GA. Some localized area got up to 10 inches. We saw a lot of flash flooding in the area, and more rain is forecast over the next couple of days. So here’s some tips to help you stay safe: Familiarize yourself with the terms used to identify flood hazards:• Flood Watch means flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.• Flash Flood Watch means flash flooding is possible.

Atlanta experiences record rainfall

Atlanta experiences record rainfall

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City recorded a record rainfall of 2.66 inches in Atlanta Wednesday.

The new number shatters the old record of 1.57 inches, which was set in 1924.

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The announcement comes a day after severe weather hit several areas of north Georgia, including Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Metro Atlanta was under a flash flood watch for most of the day.

The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip

The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip

This is a pretty wild event that is going to be happening soon, but not to worry it will not affect us Earthlings!

 

Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip.

“It looks like we’re no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal,” says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. “This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.”

The sun’s magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of ‘Solar Max’ will be behind us, with half yet to come.

Flash Flood Watch expanded to all of Metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch southward through Metro Atlanta, and running until Thursday morning.

In addition to the north Georgia counties covered, the watch area now includes Barrow, Butts, Carroll, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Madison, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Taliaferro, Troup, Walton and Wilkes counties. This includes the city of Atlanta and the entire Metro area.

Multiple waves of heavy rains of up to 8 inches have fallen through Wednesday morning, with more rains expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Atlanta Weather | Wednesday Forecast

I am watching an area of storms that are developing in South TN that are caught up in that NW flow that are going to try to make it down into this area later today. Right now they are moving into an area that has less stability than the area that the storms are in right now so they will most likely calm down in intensity as they move towards the metro area. However, the HRRR and the 4kn WRF models have this area re-strengthen as they approach the metro after the sun goes down. Sometimes this can happen as the low level winds around 3500 feet strengthen just a bit. I will be monitoring this area and will keep you updated.