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Just 1 inch away from a year's worth of rain in Atlanta

Atlanta is just 1.14 inches away from getting a year's worth of rain.  We are only 8 months into the year.  We've picked up 48.54 inches of rain so far this year.  Our average yearly rainfall total is 49.68".  This will be only the second time in the past 8 years that we will end the year with a rainfall surplus.  That's assuming we will get at least 1.14" of rain between now and the end of the year!

Take a look at some of the numbers that I researched this morning of the dry years.  The only other year in the past 8 years that we've had a surplus was in 2009.  That was the year of the September floods.  Just last year, we were more than 1 foot below average.

2012- 37.03"        12.65" rainfall deficit

2011-39.23"         10.45" rainfall deficit

2010-48.15"           1.53" rainfall deficit

Friday Atlanta Weather Update

We started off very mild and muggy this morning.  Temperatures were in the 70s with the relative humidity near 100%.  We will see the sun breaking through the clouds at times today.  In the afternoon, there is a 40% chance for some showers to develop.  Temperatures will top off at 88.

The rain chance stays at 40% for Saturday.  We trend the percentage down just a little on Sunday and Monday to 30%.  There really won't be much change in our soupy atmosphere for the next few days, so the chance for afternoon showers will persist.

The warm air also persists.  We will have high temps each day near 90.

Atlanta Weather | Friday Forecast

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?

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.