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Big Storms in S Georgia Tonight

Big Storms in S Georgia Tonight

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Well, it is sure nice out there this afternoon with cooler and drier settling in from the north. As you can see above there is a nice "cold" front that is parked just to our south allowing us to have about as nice of a day in the metro area as one could possibly have in late July. However if you look at the image below, that is instability and there is a lot to our south. All that means is that since our air is dry with dewpoints in the lower 60's and upper 50's we are very stable and S Georgia is very unstable. There is a disturbance to the north that is moving through N Georgia as we speak that will really get storms going to our south later this afternoon, some  will be severe with wind and hail the main threat. As for us here, enjoy the great afternoon!!

Couple of storms developing in north Georgia

Couple of storms developing in north Georgia

Most areas are dry this afternoon.  All of us are hot.  The official high in Atlanta today was 96.  These weak fronts that are flirting with us over the next couple of days aren't doing much for us.  They aren't giving us much rain or any cooler air. 

We do have an isolated shower in northern Hall county and Banks county.  It has some lightning with it.  It is moving to the southeast.  It has some moderate to heavy rain.  There is another area of rain just over the Georgia line into Tennessee.  Those showers are moving to the southeast.  Most of them will diminish as they move into the state.

We have some slightly drier air over us today.  Dewpoints fell back into the mid 60s this afternoon.  The dewpoints had been holding in the lower 70s and upper 60s for the past few days.  That lower dewpoint also gives us a lower relative humidity in the afternoon hours. 

Twin waterspouts spawn in Lake Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Strong thunderstorms in the midwest have spawned waterspouts in Lake Michigan.

Derek Dennis, a viewer from our Grand Rapids sister station took some imagea of twin waterspouts on Lake Michigan off of Holland Friday afternoon.

Severe T-Storms Racing SE

Severe T-Storms Racing SE

A line of severe t-storms continues to race towards the SE at 35 mph. Almost all the counties south of the metro area are under a severe t-storm warning from Coweta all the way to Jasper counties. The main threat from these storms will be wind and very heavy rain, major lightning is also likely as the storms race SE at 35.

 

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Friday Afternoon Severe Weather Update

There are severe storms across the metro area this afternoon, here is the latest webcast.

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Keeping Athletes Cool

Keeping Athletes Cool

Once schools start back up, morning football practices are usually shifted to the afternoon during the heat of the day. So we highlighted the extra steps Chattahoochee High School is doing to keep their athletes safe in the heat.

"We give more breaks," head athletic trainer Tangela McCorkle points out. "You know we tend to want to keep our practices at an earlier time. Even when school starts when everyone is going to go to after school, we'll probably still maintain the morning practices throughout the month of August".

And that is key since the average afternoon temperature in August is 88 degrees. But the training begins even before the season starts.

"I think it's extremely important that we get the kids acclimated in June and July early before we get out here," says head coach Terry Crowder.

Waiting for Some Storms to Develop

Waiting for Some Storms to Develop

Keep an eye on radar this afternoon.  We will be watching for some showers and thunderstorms to develop.  A weakening cold front is moving closer to north Georgia this afternoon.  You can see on the radar image below that the rain and storms in association with it to the north is not too impressive.  As we get more heating today ahead of this front, we will watch for some storms to develop.  The timing would be late afternoon into the evening hours.

The Storm Prediction Center has us in the "slight" risk category for severe t-storms.  The main threats would be pockets of heavy rain, intense lightning, strong winds and possibly some small hail.  The air will become a little more unstable this afternoon to sustain the development of some scattered showers.

The rain chance is at 40%.  Some of us will get through the day with no rain at all.  But, in those areas where the storms develop, we could see some good rainfall.