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Rain in ATL Because of Clean Air Act?

Rain in ATL Because of Clean Air Act?

Feel like you are living in Seattle or the Amazon Rainforest lately thanks to the non-stop rain? You can thank the Clean Air Act for that...well, sort of.

Back in 1970 the Clean Air Act was passed. This initiative focused on reducing airborne pollutants that posed a threat to human health. Jeremy Diem, a climatologist at Georgia State University performed research looking at 18 National Weather Service co-op weather stations and noticed that Atlanta’s average annual rainfall increased by 10 percent in the decade following the new Clean Air Act. He studied specifically the summer months during the years of 1948 to 2009.

Atlanta Weather | Thursday's Forecast

Atlanta Weather | Thursday's Forecast
The heat wave continues, and much of the United States have been feeling it. 47 states had cities at 90 degrees or higher. The worst heat was in the Midwest to Northeast. Humid air just made it all feel worse, with heat indexes in some places over 100. It was hot enough to buckle highway pavement in several states. Firefighters in Indianapolis evacuated 300 people from a senior living community after a power outage knocked out the air conditioning. The state of Illinois opened cooling centers. The Environmental Protection Agency said the heat was contributing to air pollution in New England. New York City hit a whopping 96 degrees, while spots in California could get as high as 105 today.  Officials blamed hot weather for at least one death.

Atlanta Weather | Wednesday Night Forecast

Isolated showers and thunderstorms tonight, otherwise mostly cloudy skies. Patchy fog will develop after midnight and last until 9am. Overnight low temperatures will be in the low 70s.

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms Wednesday, otherwise partly sunny skies. Afternoon high temperatures will be hot again in the low 90s.

Rain chances go up slightly for the weekend, but temperatures begin to decrease gradually back down to the mid 80s by Sunday.

Flash Food Warnings until 3:15 a.m.

WXIA -- Flash Flood Warnings remain active in Lumpkin and Union counties until 2:45 p.m. And for Newton County until 3:15 a.m. 

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Atlanta Weather | Tuesday Night Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance for a stray shower. Overnight low temperatures will be around 70 degrees. Some patchy fog will develop after 3am and last until 9am.

Wednesday will be very similar to Tuesday in that we will have partly sunny skies and a slight chance for an isolated pop-up storm. Afternoon high temperatures will be just a tad warmer in the low 90s. Light North breeze around 5mph.

Rain chances increase slightly for the end of the week and weekend, but temperatures hold steady around the upper 80s.

Atlanta Weather | Flooding

Atlanta Weather | Flooding

 

We have been talking a lot about Flooding and Flash Flooding happening around our area. Although we are expecting isolated showers this week, they are not expect to be wide spread or drop heavy amounts. But certainly the rain is not over. In fact we are still more than a month and a half away from the peak of hurricane season. So being prepared is key!

Floods are one of most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as a flash flood can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Here’s more info from FEMA Ready:

Atlanta Weather | Sunday Night Forecast

Showers ending through the overnight with low temperatures around 70 degrees. Some patchy fog in locations with standing water, and around the typical spots (lakes, rivers, etc.) until 9am.

On Monday there will be another round of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, but not quite as widespread as what we had over the weekend. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the mid 80s, with a heat index in the upper 80s to low 90s late afternoon.

While we won't be in the clear completely from rain, the chances go down to only 20% for the middle part of the upcoming week. Temperatures will bump a few degrees because of that, which will put us back to normal mid-July temperatures at that point.