Our network

Drought Helping Some Foods

Drought Helping Some Foods

Despite signs of improvement, the hot summer temperatures and the drought have caused prices to soar for crops like corn and soybeans all the way to eggs and pork. But even as drought conditions improve in the state of Georgia prices will still go up since the drought is not improving in parts of the Central and Midwestern U.S. In fact, some grain and soybean prices are already at a 50 percent increase. And since corn is a main ingredient used in everything from dog foods, to certain make-up brands, that price increase will likely spread to many other products quickly.

But there is a silver lining. Some foods like tomatoes, grapes, peppers, basil, and radishes not only survive the drier conditions, but actually grow and taste better during a drought if picked at the right time.

Severe Weather Chances up Friday

Severe Weather Chances up Friday

Severe Chances for Friday

There is a slight risk for severe tomorrow afternoon and evening across most of N Georgia. A strong cold front for this time of year will be heading in this direction and as it interacts with the moisture that will be in place tomorrow, severe weather is a good bet. The timing on the cold front arriving in N Georgia is around 4-6pm tomorrow afternoon. When the storms do fire up damaging winds and some medium sized hail will be possible. I am looking at this event as similar to a few of the sounds of storms we had a few weeks ago where the storms fire up to our north up in the mountains, then head south towards the metro area later tomorrow night. 

Main Threat

Thursday forecast

We are in between fronts right now which will allow us to enjoy one more dry day.  As the first front has a stalled out to our south a stronger front is on approach and should move in on Friday.  This will increase the threat for showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours which may wreak havoc on our evening commute!  The weekend will be unsettled as that same front pulls up stationary across central Georgia.

Is Your Tree Safe From Storms?

Is Your Tree Safe From Storms?

Georgia is known for its abundance of trees, and for many homeowners, large, mature trees in their yard were one of the selling points. But Mother Nature doesn't spare these trees, so what can you do to protect them?

(1) There are pruning techniques to lessen the wind resistance in the tree. Such as pruning the broken and crossing branches, and thinning out the overall number of branches.

(2) "There are cabling techniques that where you're bracing limbs together that might be structurally weak, but you can still preserve the tree," explains Chris Heim, Davey Tree & Lawn Care District Manager.

(3) Lightning protection systems can be put in trees to help them be protected from lightning strikes. This way, if lightning strikes the top of your tree, it follows a copper wire along the side of the tree and directs the current safely down into the ground

Atlanta Weather | Wednesday Evening

Short Term

There are a series of waves at the upper levels that will continue to give us clouds throughout the night which will keep temps in the lower 70's. Tomorrow we will be on the north side of a stationary front that will move back in our direction, it could spark one or two showers but for the majority of us we will stay dry. Highs will be in the lower 90's with partly cloudy skies.

Towards the Weekend

Friday a strong cold front for this time of year will move through bringing us a very good chance of showers and a few t-storms Friday afternoon and evening. The front will push through Saturday morning giving us a nice day on Saturday with highs in the mid to upper 80's. As the front begins to back back up Saturday night the chance of t-storms will go up late Saturday night and especially Sunday for the first part of the day.

Still a Slim Chance For a Few Showers Tonight

Still a Slim Chance For a Few Showers Tonight

There is slim chance that some showers that are in AL this afternoon could hold together and make it into the western sections of the state by later this evening. As the showers are approaching the state they are running into a bit more moisture and instability. Most models do not have the rain, but there is a weak disturbance that I can see on water vapor that could pop a few showers later on this evening. The next chance of rain this week will be on Friday when a powerful front comes down from Canada... I will have more on that on the 6pm news.


For the latest up to the minute weather updates come to my facebook page, make sure you click on the like button! Also you can follow me on twitter.

Wednesday Forecast

After a grey, foggy start to our Wednesday we will see a Mostly Sunny afternoon as a frontal system passes through the Atlanta area.  Northwesterly winds behind the front will usher in a drier more comfortable airmass.  Moisture will begin moving back in by the end of the week with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms as we wrap up the work week on Friday.  This weekend we will still have a chance for showers and thunderstorms as another cold front sweeps across the state.