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Watching Line of Storms in TN Moving SE

Watching Line of Storms in TN Moving SE

We are watching a line of storms moving through Tennessee this afternoon.  That line is moving to the south and east.  We will see some of those thunderstorms move through NW Georgia beginning late this afternoon, then eventually toward the metro area later this evening.

So far, the storms in Tennessee have been below severe criteria.  They have contained some heavy rain, lightning and winds that are just under "severe" status.  As this line moves into Georgia, we will experience some pockets of heavy rain and lightning. We also have th potential for some strong winds accompanying some of the storms.  Right now, it doesn't look like a widespread severe weather event.  We are anticipating maybe have only a few severe thunderstorm warnings issued tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center has moved the "slight" risk area to the north and east of Georgia for the rest of the night into tomorrow morning.  You can see that map update below.

Stormy Weather Again Today Then A Brighter Weekend!

Stormy Weather Again Today Then A Brighter Weekend!

 We have an upper level trough dominating the weather pattern for the eastern third of the nation that will send short wave energy through North Georgia and a cold front is on approach and that may enhance thunderstorm development this evening and overnight.   Storms from last night have moved off to out northeast but more are brewing to our south. We will have to watch for a possible confluence of these two areas of storms later today!  We could end up seeing more heavy downpours, strong winds, and frequent lightning.

Slight Risk for Severe Weather for Friday

Slight Risk for Severe Weather for Friday

We have a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon as a cold front comes in from up north. The primary threat will be a wind threat, but I think that it will not really be that big of an event. I think the timing on this system will be late in the afternoon for NW GA, and right around drive time tomorrow evening for the metro area. I will have an update for you in the morning.

Lightning strikes man on window-washing scaffold

ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon.  

It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. 

Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes.

Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there.

The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time. 

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

Another area of heavy rain has developed out west and is moving right towards metro Atlanta. As of right now there are no warnings on this area of rain nor do I anticipate that happening. There are a few lightning strikes from the storm moving into parts of Polk county as of 9:30 tonight, but all the other areas of rain are lightning free. The cluster of "storms" is moving towards the east at around 25mph and should move through the metro area around 10-11pm. More storms are expected across the state later tomorrow afternoon as a cold front moves through, check back here on the blog at around 11pm and I will have a post about tomorrow's scenario.

 

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INCREDIBLE Video from the ISS

This is a montage of time lapse videos from the International Space Station. From Auroras to sunrise / sunsets to lightning, this is some incredible video you need to see!

 

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Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

A storm moving through Gwinnett county could be producing some damaging straight line winds as it moves towards Lawerenceville and Suwanee. In addition to this wind, there is a lot of lightning and very heavy rain. Minor flash flooding is likely with this storm as it heads NE at 40!!

 

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